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Jun 11, 2013 09:17 AM

Saag Paneer

I finally tried Indian but I was in Charlotte. I fell in love with the Saag Paneer that I had and now I can't seem to find it any of the menus in the area. Any places that you would recommend near Fairfax with this on the menu?

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  1. Curry Mantra in Fairfax City is fantastic. I don't care for paneer so I haven't tried this particular dish but have enjoyed everything else. The lunch buffet is especially enjoyable since its not a set group of dishes. Rangoli in South Riding should have it but Curry Mantra would be my preference. Enjoy!

    1. Wow, I am wondering what it must be like to be an adult and discovering Indian food for the first time. Welcome. Personally, I am partial to Mutter Paneer which is peas and cheese. Otherwise can be the same sauce.

      Any Indian restaurant that has spinach and the cheese can make this for you. Seriously, just ask. Saravana Palace can do this for you. They can't possibly list every combination of ingredients they can cook on a menu. If you are unsure, just call, but it would be really weird if they couldn't or wouldn't do this for you.

      If you go to Saravana Palace, also order a paper dhosa, no filling. This is a top purely vegetarian South Indian kitchen.

      1. Every Indian restaurant will have saag....

        Maybe you should keep an eye out for palak paneer or saagwala on the menu - basically the same.

        I believe palak paneer is made only with spinach and saag is a combination of various greens.

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        1. re: foster

          Agreed, I don't think I've ever seen an Indian restaurant that doesn"t have saag or palak paneer on the menu

          1. re: roxanne207

            Saag or Palak Paneer is not always on the menu, hence the OP's question. I don't think it's on the menu at Saravana Palace, Curry Mantra, Karaikudi, or Akshaya, just to name a few.

            1. re: Steve

              Curry Mantra has Saag Paneer. Can't speak to the rest.

                1. re: Steve

                  I was just agreeing to also look for palak as well as saag. The limited Indian restaurants where I live always have one or the other on the menu. DC may have restaurants more specific to a region that this dish is not popular. I wasn't trying to belittle OP's question.