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palak paneer
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Palak Paneer

Blanch & puree spinach leaves before hand decreases the cook-time.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: palak paneer, paneer palak, saag paneer
Servings: 4


  • 1 large bunch 250 gm of Spinach leaves
  • 1 onion medium size
  • 2 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 2-3 to tomatoes diced
  • 400 grams cottage cheese
  • 5-6 tablespoon ghee/ clarified butter or oil
  • 2 tablespoon curd or yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder increase if you like it extra spicy
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2-3 green chillies optional
  • salt as per taste


For the cottage cheese:

  • Cut the cottage cheese into small cubes.
  • You may fry/saute them slightly in 2-3 tablespoon oil.
  • Keep it aside.

For the spinach sauce:

  • Blanch the spinach and greens(if using amaranth and fenugreek)
  • Blend the spinach coarsely using a stick blender/mixer.
  • Optionally ,heat 2-3 tablespoon ghee in a pan, cook the spinach puree in the pan for 5-10 minutes or until it starts boiling,keep it aside.

For curry:

  • Heat a pan and add ghee/oil to it.
  • Add cumin seeds,green chillies, ginger paste to it and saute.
  • Now add the onions and saute' till they turn pink.
  • Add tomatoes and stir 2-3 times until they soften.
  • Add the spices and let it cook for 5mins.(you may choose to turn off the gas,let the mix cool down and puree it).
  • Add spinach sauce to the tomato/onion mix and let it come to a boil.
  • Add 2 cups of water and let it boil.
  • Now, add fried cottage cheese to this puree and let it simmer for 5-6 minutes or gravy thickens.
  • Serve hot with 'Jeera' rice/steamed rice or 'tandoori Roti'/Indian flat bread


Do not add onions and garlic to the recipe to make Jain 'palak paneer' .
Heat ghee in a pan and add cumin seeds, pureed tomatoes before proceeding with spinach puree.
You can also use 2 bunches of spinach instead of Amaranth leaves if they are not available easily.
Replace paneer with tofu and ghee with oil to make it vegan.


Serving: 4g