Cook's Hideout: Shaam Savera (Spinach-Paneer balls in Tomato sauce)

October 26, 2015

Shaam Savera (Spinach-Paneer balls in Tomato sauce)

Blogging Marathon# 57: Week 4/ Day 3
Theme: Side Dishes for Rice/ Roti
Dish: Shaam Savera
I have a rich and decadent restaurant style curry today. It is called 'Shaam-Savera' aka Spinach-paneer koftas in tomato sauce. I ate it once in an Indian restaurant and absolutely loved the dish. I have been looking for the recipe and an opportunity to make it ever since.
Spinach-Paneer balls in Tomato sauce
We had my mom and sister's family come over for my son's birthday last month and I made this curry along with yesterday's post Aloo-Gobhi, Mughlai parathas and Jeera rice for dinner. It was a restaurant style meal without going to the restaurant :-)
Spinach-Paneer balls in Tomato sauce
Shaam savera is a time consuming dish o make, But with proper planning it won't get too stressful. Making the koftas takes the longest -- so plan on making the koftas a day ahead or at least a few hours before serving. This recipe is from Sanjeev Kapoor's site.
Paneer is stuffed inside the spinach shell and then deep fried until crispy. Tomato gravy sauce is simmered until thick and then the koftas are added just before serving. It works great with both rice and roti.

Recipe from here:
For the Koftas:
  • 8~10 cups Spinach, chopped
  • 1cup Paneer, grated
  • a pinch Ground Cardamom
  • 1tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 cloves Garlic, finely minced
  • 3 Green Chilies, finely chopped
  • 4tbsp Chickpea flour/ Besan
  •  ¼tsp Turmeric
  • To taste Salt
  • 3tbsp Cornstarch
  • 3~4cups Tomato Puree
  • 4 Green Cardamom
  • ½ blade Mace
  • 2 cloves Garlic, finely minced
  • 1~1½tsp Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
  • 1tsp Kasoori Methi, crumbled
  • 2tsp Honey
  • 2tbsp Butter
  • ¼cup Fresh Cream
  • To taste Salt
  1. To make the Koftas: Combine grated paneer, ground cardamom and salt in a small bowl. Divide the mixture into 8~10 pieces and roll into balls.
  2. Blanch the spinach leaves in boiling water for 2~3 minutes. Drain and put them in cold water. Squeeze out the excess water and chop finely. I took the shortcut and used 2 cups of thawed frozen chopped spinach.
  3. Heat 1tbsp oil in a nonstick pan, add the cumin seeds, garlic and green chilies and cook for a minute. Add the chickpea flour and cook for 1~2 minutes. Add turmeric and the chopped spinach and cook till the mixture is dry and starts to leave the pan, stirring continuously. Season with salt. Let the mixture cool.
  4. When cool enough to handle, divide the spinach mixture into 8~10 portions. Take a spinach mixture and flatten it the palm, place a paneer ball in the center and cover it completely with the spinach mixture.
  5. Place the cornflour in a plate. Roll the spinach balls in cornflour and deep fry on medium flame until golden brown. Remove onto a paper towel lined plate.
  6. Make the Makhani gravy: Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan, add cardamom pods, mace and garlic. Cook till the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Next add the tomato puree, red chili powder, salt and cook covered till the mixture thickens and oil starts to come out around the edges, about 15~20 minutes.
  7. Add the kasoori methi and honey. Cook for 5 more minutes. Finally add the cream and cook till heated through, about 2 minutes.
  8. To serve: Halve the koftas and place in a serving plate. Top it with the makhani gravy and serve immediately!!
  9. Spinach-Paneer balls in Tomato sauce

    Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 57.


  1. Your first line said it all - so rich and decadent! I love this dish but I have been quite daunted by the recipe. Yours looks sooo beautiful

  2. Om ! I am speechless.The dish looks way better than restaurants and the whole setup is tempting.Awesome job.

  3. I love the pictures with all the colors. I have to say I have never tasted this. Looks lovely.

  4. Your setup looks so appealing that the meal seems to have come directly from a restaurant.

  5. Am yet to make this shaam savera, wat a beautiful presentation..cant take my eyes from ur pictures.

  6. Ive had this before in restaurant but yours looksbetter ;)


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