Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Shaam savera -- palak paneer kofta in tomato gravy

Hello friends! My today's recipe is not a new one but I am sure a lot of people who have seen Chef Sanjeev Kapoor would know this dish.Shaam Savera was the very first dish I saw on tv and I wanted to try but those days I never liked paneer so I had to rule it out. Over the years my love for paneer developed and recently I saw this dish again on tv and thought to myself. why not I try now. It may not be perfect as I modified it to suit my taste but it turned out awesome.


Ingredients for Kofta:
  • 2 Bunch spinach leaves
  • 100 gms paneer
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1tbsp garlic chopped
  • 3-4 green chillies chopped
  • 3-4 tbsp gram flour
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 cup corn flour
  • oil for frying +2tbsp

Blanch the spinach leaves. Squeeze out all the water. Let it cool and chop the leaves fine. Keep it aside. In another bowl, mash the paneer with little salt and black pepper. Here I added  2tbsp of corn flour to it. Mix and make small balls and keep aside. In a pan, heat 2tbsp oil, add cumin seeds, chopped garlic and green chillies. Saute it well. Add gram flour and saute it more. Add turmeric powder, chopped spinach and salt and mix well. Stir continously till the mixture is dry. Set it aside to cool.  Once cooled and dry enough take a portion of spinach and flatten it in your palm. Put the paneer balls in the center, bring the edges together and close and make it like spinach ball. If spinach is still soft add some corn flour to it. Make all the balls this way and roll in the corn flour and shake off the excess flour. Heat oil in pan and deep fry them for 2-3mins. Remove and put on kitchen paper to drain off excess oil.
Try one ball first and if it breaks add more corn flour to spinach.


Ingredients for gravy:
  • 8-10 tomatoes
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 2tbsp chopped garlic
  • 3-4 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 2-3 tsp garam masala powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1tsp turmeric powder
  • 1tsp kasoori methi (optional)
  • fresh cream to garnish

Blanch and puree the tomatoes and keep aside. Heat oil in pan.  Add chopped garlic to saute it lightly. Add tomato puree and salt and mix well. Now add turmeric powder and red chilli powder to it. Mix and add slight water and cook for few minutes till the puree is cooked.  Now add butter and garam masala and mix well. The gravy is ready.

For serving,  pour the gravy in bowl. Half  the spinach koftas and arrange on the gravy. Garnish with kasoori methi and fresh cream.

Note: Add koftas just before serving.  Enjoy the delicious and yummy   shaam savera  with roti, chapati or even rice.



  1. Looks delicious..
    I remember you were planning to make this..

  2. that's an interesting name for a dish... :)

  3. Have had them in restaurants..looks yumm

  4. I have seen many create this in the blog world urs looks wonderful.
    Spicy Foood

  5. A different name !! Looks beautiful...

  6. Looks delicious and tempting Meena!

  7. Just like restaurant style gravy. Well made kofta curry meenu, yummy and mouthwatering.

  8. This shaam savera is in my to do list since a long, looks fabulous.

  9. very delicious gravy :) tempting me a lot anuty !!

  10. Great dish Meena! But you know, it's kind of weird...I accidentally discovered the spinach paneer ball when I made paneer and they stayed crumbly...I had planned on making palak paneer..so I thought what the heck, I will make palak paneer balls instead...and today I read that it actually IS a dish!!!

    I love it.

  11. I really enjoy this recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor, it's always a hit in my parties..

  12. Wow! Good post and incredible pics Meena :-)

  13. All time favorite recipe....looks yummy


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