iOS 11 Public Beta Now Available, Here’s How to Install

iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra were both unveiled at WWDC 2017 this year, and their developer previews were made available right after. Now, the public betas for both the new software versions have gone live, (iOS 11 public beta is live, macOS High Sierra is coming soon). Both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra bring a lot of new features. iOS 11 gets an improved Siri, redesigned Control Centre, and iMessage integration to Apple Pay, while macOS High Sierra gets the new APFS system, Safari improvements, and much more.

So, how do you get access to the iOS 11 public beta? Sign in to the Apple Beta Software Program with your Apple ID, and follow the instructions to enrol your device. Answers to most questions regarding the Apple Beta Software Program can be found on the FAQ page. Most important advice is that you should not install beta software on your primary/ only iOS device, and be sure to backup your iPhone or iPad by following the first part of instructions here before you do.

Despite being public betas, these early versions are quite buggy and could hinder your overall smartphone experience, and you can un-enrol from the iOS and macOS public beta program whenever you want by seeing the steps here.

iOS 11 Public Beta Now Available, Here's How to Install
As we mentioned, with iOS 11, Apple introduced improvements to Siri, a redesigned Control Centre, and several other features. Siri gets the ability to translate speech, its voice is more neutral for both genders, its interface becomes more visual, and a whole lot more. Additionally, iOS 11 also brings a ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ feature, and also introduces indoor mapping and other improvements to Apple Maps as well. Apple Pay also gets person to person payment and integration into iMessage. There is also a new Apple Pay Cash account, which is where users will receive money from other users. Apple Photos also gets some new tweaks, especially to Live Photos which gets a bunch of new looping modes. Lastly, the App Store also gets a major redesign, which actually looks a lot like Apple Music.

The macOS High Sierra software update brings a host of new tweaks and upgrades including an improved Safari, machine learning, and Apple’s new file system, to name a few. macOS High Sierra’s Safari also brings automatic Autoplay blocking, which will detect when videos are trying to autoplay and auto silence them. Apple is also bringing a much-needed ad tracking blocker through the use of machine learning. Mail will get a full-screen split-view so that your inbox can be seen on one side, and the message you’re composing on the other. Photos is also getting an overhaul as well with features like better facial recognition and improved sorting. The Photo Book printing service built into Photos is being opened up to third parties. Lastly, APFS – the file storage system that is used on most of Apple’s other products is now going to be the default on macOS with High Sierra.

How to Make Your Fruit Salad Deliciously Healthy in Your Diet

It’s that time of the year when sunburns, dehydration, loss of appetite, mood swings and so on become a constant feature. Yes, we are talking about the severe summer months especially in the capital region. People often dread the approaching of summer. Well, who likes going out under the scorching sun, sweating profusely and tanning excessively? However, there’s no need to crib. There are always two sides to a coin and summer too comes with its positives that outnumber the negatives it brings along. We just need to build on these positives to set our mood right.

Swimming and pool parties, weekend getaways to the hills, cooling juices like honeydew lemon and watermelon, which are known to reduce body heat, are effective means to beat the heat. Apart from these, fruit salads come effectively to the rescue. Think summer and the first thing that comes to mind are refreshing fruits. With a great range of fruits available in the market, you could consume fruit salads as a coolant in the harsh summer months. Not only are they refreshingly delicious, but come with health benefits too.

fruit salad

Picking the Right Fruits

It is essential to keep in mind the kind of fruits that could be utilised in a salad during summers. This is because several fruits have a tendency to blacken, rot and so on if exposed to long hours of heat. There is a huge list of summer fruits that form great salads topped with some of the most nutritious items from the food chart including nuts, seeds, yoghurt and others.

The most sought after summer fruit is watermelon. In fact it is the most ideal choice for a salad in the summer. Owing to its composition, it tremendously helps to keep the body temperature down. Mango, the king of fruits, is the most widely consumed fruit in the summer months. With vitamins and anti oxidants all packed into a single fruit, it is a healthy and delicious inclusion in a salad.

Berries too are a hot favourite for the burst of colour and flavour they add to a fruit bowl. Be it strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and so on, they are an excellent storehouse of antioxidants and fiber. They are known to reduce body inflammation. Litchi and plums are great seasonal contents for a refreshing summer salad too.

fruit salad

How to Spruce Up Your Fruit Salad

Looking for exciting ways to spruce up your fruit bowl? Well, to add to the flavour, you could tip in yoghurt, honey, fresh juices, nut butter and so on. It is observed that a majority of individuals consume their salad based on how good it looks. Diverging away from the “never judge a book by its cover” concept, this is a reality. Thus, some chefs recommend using colourful fruits along with interesting toppings, for instance. Another viable option would be to grill the fruits to lend a caramalised flavour to the salad.

Unique ways of serving could include placing the salad in a watermelon cover, pineapple or a hollow coconut. It simply adds character to the fruit salad and is more tempting. All you need to do is take the whole fruit, slice it into two and scoop out the flesh to make room for serving the salad. Today, there are a variety of edible flowers that can be added to a fruit salad too.

Thus, going with the current trend of being fit yet consuming food items that satisfy one’s taste buds, fruit salads are the most suitable alternatives and must be incorporated in our daily diets for a boost of health.

dragon fruit

Unique ways of serving could include placing the salad in a fruit cover; Image credit: Istock

Monsoon fashion tips: Here’s how to stay dry as well as fashionable this season

As the rains bring a much needed respite from the heat, it’s time we take a break from everyday formal outfits and try out new styles. Here are some tips for women and men by Vaanee and Dheeraj Bhatia, founders, Gritstones.

Fashion

Tips for Monsoon Clothing for Women:

1. Women can start with their fresh light fabrics, bright colours like yellow, orange, red, pink, blue and some mixtures of fluorescent and electric colours.

2. Light fabrics like cotton, chiffon, and silk dry out quickly.

3. Follow Bollywood celebs and incorporate culottes, playsuits, printed dresses and skirts, cigarettes pants, in your wardrobe.

4. There is a new trend of wearing short kurtis with leggings or churidar; long dupattas can be replaced with scarfs and stoles.

5. Jeans, long skirts, and heavy material should be avoided in this weather.

8. Accessories like fancy umbrellas and jelly shoes will help to complete your look.

Tips for Monsoon Clothing for Men:

1. Go for cotton shirts or casual printed shirts this season.

2. Shorts and capris are attractive and easy to wear. Even getting drenched in rain will result in less of a hassle.

3. Athletes who are into running, football, cricket wear dri-fit (a polyester microfibe) mechanized clothes as they are comfortable and dry off sweat quickly.

4. Monsoon accessories men can opt for are waterproof bags, a waterproof watch, umbrella and flip flops.

 

Deconstruct in style: Here’s how you can give your shirt a cool makeover

Some wardrobe essentials never lose its importance even when our closets go for a makeover. One of them is a classic, crisp white shirt.But, it’s time to inoculate a fresh perspective and try out this trend and deconstruct it to up your style stakes. From international designers such as, Simon Porte Jacquemus, Maison Martin Margiela, Victoria Beckham, Joseph and Zac Posen to Indian designers such as, Shweta Kapur, Dhruv Kapoor, this trend is being promoted by all. Even actors such as Sonam Kapoor, Vaani Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, among others are flaunting it.

Now what is a deconstructed shirt? Designer Shweta Kapur says, “It is taking apart a garment and putting it back together thereby changing the design from its core. It’s almost like reshuffling the original pieces to make something new.”

Designers believe that a different approach is required in deconstruction that helps to infuse fresh inspiration. “We all like to innovate classic shapes and what better than turning the effortlessly chic button-up shirt to a look that’s more experimental,” says designer Amit Aggarwal.

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Moving on, there are myriad interpretations of how to deconstruct a shirt, the most important is the technique. “You can cut, twist, add ruffles to shirts and even remove its sleeves. Though they may be totally reworked, there might be holes in places that you wouldn’t expect or have necklines that are totally off. But, that’s the beauty of it,” says Aggarwal.

Wearing the front as back while leaving the buttons open for a backless top, unbuttoning the shirt at the collar and pulling it down to make it an off-shoulder top are some ways of deconstructing your shirt. “It’s hard to go wrong with deconstruction since it’s visually so strong. But avoid voluminous silhouettes in the accompanying garment,” says Kapur.

Final verdict: Don’t overdo it, and carry it off with the right attitude.

 

Google’s Daunting Challenge With Alphabet Is How to Organise Itself

Google’s self-professed mission is to organise the world’s information. But a company known for engineering excellence is still trying to solve the very human problem of how to organise itself.

Nearly two years ago, Google co-founder Larry Page announced the tech giant would be remade as Alphabet, a holding company whose units would include Google and an array of unrelated pursuits in areas such as healthcare, self-driving cars and urban planning.

Wall Street cheered. Previously those riskier ventures had been lumped into Google’s overall financial results. Investors would now see Google’s performance independent of its so-called “Other Bets,” an eclectic collection of 11 ventures.

They include Nest, a maker of Wi-Fi enabled thermostats; Calico, which seeks to prolong the human lifespan; and X, the company’s secretive research lab.

Alphabet’s top management also aimed to boost accountability by appointing chief executives to head each of the Other Bets. Few people in Google’s constellation of ventures had ever held the title prior to that.

But so far Alphabet has failed to show it can convert its Other Bets from experiments to businesses with the reach, impact and money-making potential of Google’s core search and advertising operations. Interviews with two dozen former Alphabet executives and employees reveal an organisation grappling with how much time and resources Other Bets deserve in the pursuit of profitability.

In the first quarter, which ended March 31, the ventures lost a combined $855 million (roughly Rs. 5,511 crores); that’s on top of a collective $3.6 billion loss for 2016. As a whole, Alphabet generated $90.3 billion (roughly Rs. 5,82,082 crores) in revenue in 2016. Google’s share of that revenue was $89.5 billion, while its 2016 operating income was $27.9 billion.

Alphabet’s early days have seen more pruning than expansion of its holdings.

The company has skinned back plans for Google Fiber, which delivers rapid Internet service in 10 metro areas. This month, Alphabet agreed to sell robotics company Boston Dynamics to Japanese multinational SoftBank Group. It unloaded its Terra Bella satellite imaging business in February.

At one point last year, it was even looking to sell Nest, the largest of the Other Bets, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Google paid an eye-popping $3.2 billion for the startup in 2014.

Meanwhile, a series of executives have departed since the reorganisation, including the heads of Nest, an Internet operation called Access and a venture capital firm known as GV.

Google's Daunting Challenge With Alphabet Is How to Organise Itself

An Alphabet spokeswoman declined repeated requests for comment or to make executives available for interviews. Supporters of the restructuring frame the early struggles as typical growing pains.

For now, Wall Street isn’t worried: Alphabet’s stock is near an all-time high, having reached $1,000 per share in June. Ruth Porat, the no-nonsense chief financial officer who has steered the restructuring, has won rave reviews from investors for enforcing financial accountability across Alphabet.

Some Other Bets have made notable strides. Life sciences initiative Verily recently attracted $800 million in outside investment. Self-driving car project Waymo is considered among the leaders in the burgeoning industry.

Still, it’s not yet clear the structure will enable Alphabet to do what most companies cannot: conceive the next wave of innovation in-house or through the development of key acquisitions. That goal is central to both the company’s mission and investor expectations, analysts say.

“The reason Google gets to trade at a decent multiple… is because there’s a growth story beyond advertising,” said analyst James Wang of ARK Investment Management.

CEO or COO?
The Alphabet structure is Google’s stab at an age-old corporate conundrum: sustaining innovation within a giant enterprise.

Alphabet’s strategy is to give entrepreneurs the autonomy of a startup, coupled with the discipline of a traditional corporate structure.

Roughly once a quarter, Other Bets leaders meet with the Alphabet board – comprised of Porat, Page, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and David Drummond, Alphabet’s senior vice president of corporate development – to discuss funding and performance, according to two former employees.

At the same time, Alphabet is establishing separate compensation plans for the Other Bets to reward employees if their ventures succeed, mirroring startup incentives.

The formula has primed Alphabet’s emerging businesses for “global impact,” Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said this month at the annual stockholders meeting at the Mountain View headquarters.

“There is one solution that we know works well in capitalism, which is boards, shareholders, CEOs,” Schmidt said. “My bet is that the traditional lessons of business organisation will in fact result in success at Alphabet.”

Still, Alphabet top brass continue to hold sway over key strategy and financing decisions, a dynamic that has chafed Other Bets chief executives who’ve complained they are treated more like chief operating officers than shot callers, according to people familiar with the situation.

In addition, scrutiny from Wall Street limits how generous Alphabet can be in extending Google’s resources to Other Bets, said Brian McClendon, a former vice president of engineering at Google.

“As of yet, the restructuring hasn’t provided what I think is one of the immediate benefits, which is risk-taking investment,” he said.

Nickeled and dimed
Some companies acquired by Google found that being part of Alphabet wasn’t what they’d bargained for.

Two former Nest employees said they were promised generous funding and time to achieve profitability following the company’s acquisition by Google in 2014. But after the restructuring, Alphabet executives were keenly focused on revenue, one former employee said.

Pricey overhead has made the path to profitability tougher. After the restructuring, Alphabet began charging Other Bets for their portion of shared services such as security and facilities, ending what had previously amounted to a subsidy, people familiar with the situation said. The units also felt pressure to maintain Google perks such as free employee meals.

“One of the pitfalls (of Alphabet) is that those companies are asked to stand on their own two feet, but they may inherit the cost structure of Google,” said Nest investor Peter Nieh, a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners.

In early 2016, Alphabet explored selling Nest in an effort code-named Project Amalfi, according to three people familiar with the matter. No deal materialised, and Nest co-founder Tony Fadell departed last year. Fadell declined to comment.

Boston Dynamics, acquired in 2013 during a robotics shopping spree led by Android creator Andy Rubin, enjoyed generous funding at first. But it was adrift after Rubin’s departure, two former employees said. Rubin did not respond to requests for comment.

Grumpy Googlers
The creation of the Other Bets has also changed what it means to work for Google.

Some grumble that their role now is to subsidise innovation at their sister companies, rather than to innovate themselves.

“It did sort of send the message to people who stayed back at Google, whether in search or in ads: Your job isn’t to push the envelope,” one former Googler said.

Employee transfers to X, the illustrious “moonshot factory,” are more complicated now that it’s a separate entity, former employees say.

That’s a striking shift, especially for high-performing employees accustomed to moving about the company almost at will, said Punit Soni, a former Google employee who is now chief executive of Learning Motors, an artificial intelligence startup.

“A basic premise of Google was people could do whatever they wanted,” Soni said. “I can see why people will feel like it’s no longer the old Google.”

In the meantime, co-founder Page is pursuing yet another “moonshot”: flying cars.

He is the primary investor in Kitty Hawk, a startup in the field that is entirely outside the Alphabet umbrella.

 

Fertility Diet: 7 Fertility Foods & How It Works!

Infertility is a rising problem in the lives of people today. While we may be trying various medications or treatments for it, a suitable fertility diet can be the answer. Yes, a fertility diet. Why? Because most of the infertility cases are the result of improper diet and poor lifestyle choices. In a survey held in 2013 as reported by TOI, about 63% of couples were seeking fertility treatment were in the 31-40 reproductive age group. Stress, obesity, diet were the prime factors for this.

If you’re trying to conceive, your diet plan can help you immensely. To know more about diet plans that will suit your body you can consult a Truweight Nutritionist right away. Click here to avail a FREE consultation!

What is Fertility Diet?

A fertility diet, hence, is a diet plan that supports your body to conceive.

Studies have shown that including certain foods and making changes in regular diet can result in improving fertility. A fertility diet can be very much different from a usual healthy diet. It will include foods that cover nutrients required by your body in order to conceive successfully. While there are various fertility medicines available, there are also fertility foods for getting pregnant that provide nutrition to the eggs and sperms, required for their proper regulation and working.

Fertility in Men and Women

Although infertility has always been attributed to females, an article published by Seasons India sheds light on the fact that both men and women are equally attributed to infertility. There it was reported that “Infertility affects men and women almost equally. In 40% of cases, the problem is attributable to the male in 40%, the problem is traced to the female. In about 10% of cases, fertility problems are linked to both partners.”

Based on the census reports of India-2001, 1991, 1981-IIPS researchers show that childlessness in India has risen by 50 per cent since 1981.
Source. India Today (Based on the census reports of India-2001, 1991, 1981-IIPS researchers show that childlessness in India has risen by 50 per cent since 1981)

Role of Fertility Diet in Men and Women

If you’re even a little skeptical about how a fertility diet can influence pregnancy, here are some solid reasons:

  1. Eggs and sperms require certain nutrients for their proper health, which can be fulfilled with right foods.
  2. The foetus requires some nutritional supplements that help it grow without any birth defects.
  3. Many fertility issues including PCOS in women can be controlled with the right fertility diet.
  4. If you’re trying to conceive, the changes in the food you make today can result in healthy eggs and sperms later.
  5. Infertility can be due to hormonal imbalances. These imbalances can be corrected with right diets.

In a research by the Harvard University, it has been found that a fertility diet could decrease infertility by as much as 80 %

What are the fertility foods for getting pregnant?

The foods that can help you maintain fertility are:

  1. Vegetables: Go for vegetable protein sources like pulses, beans, nuts. And also try to have more of the organic vegetables and fruits since the non-organic ones are often found with herbicides and pesticides.
    Organic vegetables can improve fertility
    Organic vegetables can improve fertility
  2. Cold water fish: Fishes like Alaskan salmon, cod, and Alaskan halibut are cold water fishes. They are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids that are essential in hormone production.These fatty acids are also responsible for reducing body inflammation.
    Cold water fish can be good for improving fertility
    Cold water fish can be good for improving fertility
  3. Whole grains: Go for quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat etc. These are rich in fiber that helps the body in regulating hormones besides being good for digestion and keeping a balanced blood sugar level.
    Whole grains are good for fertility
    Whole grains are good for fertility
  4. High fiber foods: As mentioned above, fiber regulates blood sugar level. It also helps in keeping a hormonal balance in the body, hence, good for many hormonal fertility issues like PCOS.
    Include high fibre into your Fertility Diet
    Include high fibre into your Fertility Diet
  5. Citrus fruits: Fruits like oranges, lemons are called citrus fruits. They are rich in Vitamin C, which helps in improving the quality of sperms.
    Citrus fruits should be included in a Fertility Diet
    Citrus fruits should be included in a Fertility Diet
  6. Almonds: These contain Vitamin E, which plays a vital role in supporting the DNA in eggs as well as sperms.
    Almonds can be good for improving fertility
    Almonds can be good for improving fertility
  7. Eggs: Eggs are rich in Vitamin D which is a known factor in improving fertility in women. For better results, opt for the farm fresh eggs.
    Add eggs to your Fertility Diet
    Add eggs to your Fertility Diet

What not to eat when trying to get pregnant?

Avoid having:

Caffeine

Soy Foods

Sugar added and pasteurized juices

Binge drinking

Processed food

Fried and Non-fried seafood

FAQs about Fertility

Q. How can I ovulate naturally?

A. Some tips for promoting ovulation are:

  1. Follow a fertility diet
  2. Make sure you’re exercising routinely
  3. Regulate hormonal balance
  4. Reduce stress and anxiety

Q. What food to eat after ovulation?

A. Here are some foods to eat after ovulation: 

  1. Vitamin C rich foods
  2. Blood nourishing foods like- eggs, black beans, lentils, kelp, beets, dark leafy greens, broccoli etc.
  3. Vitamin B rich foods like leafy greens, eggs, whole grains etc.
  4. Foods rich in zinc
  5. High fiber foods

Q. How long does it usually take to get pregnant?

A. Usually, a year is the time period when a fertile couple can expect to get pregnant.

Q. Can being overweight stop you from getting your period?

A. Overweight may cause delaying of periods which if not controlled may lead to serious menstrual issues.

Why are these nutrients necessary to be included in your Fertility Diet?

Here’s why:

Role of Nutrients in Fertility
Role of Nutrients in Fertility

Weight and Fertility Diet:

Weight can be a prime factor in decreased fertility. And it is applicable to both men and women. Women who are obese or overweight may have irregular menstrual cycles and may take a longer time to conceive Moreover, overweight in women comes with pregnancy risks like preeclampsia (a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure), gestational diabetes, miscarriages etc. Weight affects fertility in men too. Overweight men often find fertility issues like low sperm count and low sperm motility or low sperm movement.

Fertility diet is a natural way to fulfil the nutrient requirements of the body so that it can positively respond to conception. At Truwieght, there are many stories where a change in the diet plan brought about weight loss along with controlling health issues like PCOD which is one of the rising problems of causing infertility. Have a look at Neeharika’s story against weight and PCOD.

So before opting for any medical treatment,  you can always give fertility diet a genuine try. After all, it is natural as well as reasonable.

How To Lose Weight in 4 Weeks? Indian Weight Loss Diet Chart & Weight Loss Tips!

Elaborate Indian Diet Chart

Tried everything to lose weight but unsuccessful? How to lose weight quickly yet safely then you have come to the right place. We give you insights on what is keeping you fat, the ratio of exercise and diet control you need to have. Plus an expert recommended month long weight loss diet chart plan for Indians. Any weight loss diet chart plan for Indians must be crafted after:

  1. Careful consideration of the person’s diet and medical history.
  2. Note any food allergies, likes, and dislikes into account.
  3. Should take the food allergies, likes, and dislikes into account.
  4. Should not ask for severe measures like restricting a food group, avoiding certain foods among others.
  5. It should be able to include all the required nutrients so that the weight loss sustains for life.

Most of the weight loss diet plans provided online or by certain nutritionists look at curing the symptom and not treating the root cause of weight issues. Hence it is highly advised that you consult a trained professional on how to lose weight. Here is a start, you can consult one of Truweight’s nutritionist, absolutely FREE! Ask your doubts and get solutions.

 

HOW TO MAKE THE CRAB DIP TO END ALL CRAB DIPS

People at parties cannot get enough of dips, and one crowdpleaser in particular has stood the test of time: hot crab dip. This one comes from a less expected source—the windy mountains of Patagonia—and comes loaded with king crab meat. Which is why it’s the best one we’ve ever tasted: it’s all about the crab.

Traditionally, this spin on Chilean chupe is made with seafood-pasta style including shrimp, scallops, shellfish, and crab, but chupe de centolla allows the southernmost coastal region’s native king crab to be the centerpiece. Grana Padano cheese, “grana” meaning grainy, is similar to Parmigiano Reggiano, and is known for its crumbly texture but bold, sweet taste. That’s the only cheese that goes into this dip—the rest of the binders are just onion, milk-soaked bread, and a touch of cream, mixed with the crab and then crisped under the broiler.

king crab gratin

Prepare this dish in advance and then broil it right before your guests arrive, leaving them awestruck as they walk in to find this melty, steamy crab dip still bubbling at the hors d’oeuvres bar. Feel free to serve right out of the cast iron dish, which makes for a rustic contrast next to your dainty olive oil crackers. Interested in more dishes from Patagonia? Check out The Epic Food and Landscape of Patagonia.

HOW TO GET PERFECT LOBSTER ROLLS WITHOUT THE DRIVE TO A SEAFOOD SHACK

 While you certainly can trek out to a remote corner of the East Coast and pay upwards of $20 to devour a delicious, iconic lobster roll off a plastic patio chair with the warm ocean breeze in your hair, remember this: Anyone can make a truly perfect, succulent lobster roll at home—for about half the price.

The quintessence of summer dining, lobster rolls ought to be made with fresh, live lobster and, usually are served in one of two styles: Maine-style, which come chilled and dressed in mayonnaise and usually finely chopped celery and lemon; and Connecticut-style, which are drizzled in butter and served warm on a toasted bun. There are merits to both. But, because of this simple math—lobster tastes amazing with butter and butter tastes amazing with bread and salt—I lean toward simple, salt and butter-dressed Connecticut-style rolls as the reliable crowd-pleaser at home.

lobster roll

To create the ultimate Connecticut roll, bring these star ingredients together and resist adding much else that may distract from them. Start by steaming or boiling lobster with a generous amount of salt, a small palmful of black peppercorns, and a bay leaf if you have it. Then toss the cooked, pulled lobster meat briefly in melted butter seasoned with sea salt and a hint of paprika. Beyond this, a simple delicate leaf of butter lettuce for crunch and a sprinkling of chopped chives for brightness are all you need to garnish each roll.

You can eat two crisp, buttery rolls at home for the price of one out, and there won’t be a soul around to judge you.

 

How To Make Palak Paneer

This recipe is a part of a complete Pakistani-style Eid lunch, traditionally eaten at the end of Ramadan, to close out the holy month of fasting. Find the entire menu her

Here’s everything you’ll need:

You can find a how-to below, and the complete recipe and instructions at the bottom of this post.

You can find a how-to below, and the complete recipe and instructions at the bottom of this post.

Boil four cups of salted water in a large pot, add spinach, then let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes. After that, drain and cool it an ice bath.

Then drain again once the spinach is cooled.

Put the cooled spinach back in the pot, then add chopped ginger and garlic — and puree.

You can use an immersion blender or a regular one.

Once that’s done, heat oil in a wok. Add cumin and bay leaf, and let them sputter.

Then add chopped onions.

And cook them for a few minutes until they look like this.

Then add chopped tomatoes…

…and cook for a few minutes, until they’re slightly translucent.

Then add red chili powder and turmeric.

And the spinach puree, and stir.

Once mixed, add 1/2 cup of water and let the spinach simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Add cubed paneer, then stir and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.

You can also fry the cubes separately and add them in.

You can also fry the cubes separately and add them in.

Remove from heat and add the cream. Stir and add a spritz of lemon juice.

Then serve with naan!

(I forgot to garnish with ginger, but don't tell my mom.)

(I forgot to garnish with ginger, but don’t tell my mom.)

Palak Paneer

Serves 6–8

INGREDIENTS

For the puree

2 to 3 large bunches of spinach

2 medium garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped

1/2 inch piece of of ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

For the curry

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped

1 medium tomato, chopped

3 to 4 average-sized garlic cloves

3/4 teaspoon red chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

3/4 pound paneer, cubed

2 tablespoons cream

For the garnish

1/2 inch piece of ginger, julienned

PREPARATION

For the puree:

Bring a large pot of salty water to a boil. Add the spinach. Let it float about for 3 minutes. Drain and cool the spinach in an ice bath. Add ginger and garlic to the cooled, drained spinach, and puree using a blender. (You can use either an immersion blender or a regular one.)

For the curry:

Heat a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds and let them sputter. Add the onions. Fry the onions until they’re golden brown. Add the chopped tomatoes and stir. Once the tomatoes are cooked and the oil starts to separate, add all the masalas: turmeric and red chili powder. Add the spinach puree and stir. Add 1/2 cup of water and simmer until the spinach is cooked. Add the garam masala and the cubed paneer. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes or until the paneer softens. Turn off the heat, stir in the cream. Top with julienned ginger and spritz of lemon juice.