I recently saw this quote http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s664NsLeFM on a bumper sticker: Carl Sagan: “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
It reminded me of the apocryphal recipe for rabbit stew that starts “first, catch the rabbit.” (link)
By Sagan’s standards, we did not make Saag Paneer from scratch. However, the paneer (cheese) was made from milk, buttermilk, and salt at home, and half the spinach and all the onions were grown in our own garden, so it does meet at least some standards for such (I wonder if one can can saag. I think you should be able to, with a pressure cooker)
It was, by the by, delicious. I’m going to to make more paneer soon. Assuming I still hae more cheesecloth.
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