100 Favorite Dishes: Saag paneer from India's
Lori Midson

100 Favorite Dishes: Saag paneer from India's

As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver. Send your own nominations to cafe@westword.com.

Number 67: Saag paneer from India's

When Krishan Kappor relocated his terrific curry house from the perimeter of Tamarac Square to Tiffany Plaza late last year, not much changed, least of all the Punjabi-tempered menu, which is dotted with the same dishes that litter the boards of just about every other Indian food temple in Denver. But the marked difference between India's and its challengers, of which there are many, is that Kappor and his cohorts actually get it right, turning out flavor-bombed curries shocked with powerful trinities of beautifully balanced spices that perfume the cavernous dining room. The curries aren't remotely radical or trailblazing, but they're wonderfully prepared, none more so than the saag paneer, a luxurious sooth of cream, pureed spinach and spices submerging small cubes of housemade paneer. There are plenty of saag paneer imitators, some within just a few miles of India's kitchen, but there isn't one that's equal or better.

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