Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer(Indian Cottage Cheese) is one of the famous Paneer side Dishes in India. This recipe is prepared with the combination of Spinach, Paneer with colorful masala items. It Is Also One Of The Healthiest Side Dishes pairs with Naan/Rotis/Chapathis and Rice. Final touch of milk cream is added to give rich flavor to the gravy. Cream can be substituted with milk or yogurt according to individual’s choice

Ingredients to make Palak Paneer:

  • Spinach – 1 cup (washed)
  • onions – 2 medium (finely chopped)
  • tomato – 1 medium (diced)
  • Paneer cubes – 100 grams
  • turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
  • garam masala powder – 1tsp
  • cumin/jeera seeds – 1 tsp
  • milk cream – 1/4 cup
  • chili powder – 1 tsp
  • garlic pods – 2
  • ginger – 1/8 tsp
  • sugar – 1 tsp (optional)
  • oil as required
  • water as required
  • salt as required


Preparation Time:10 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins | Serves: 2-3

Step 1 – Making Spinach Puree:
  • in a vessel, add water (4 cups) and boil it
  • once boiled, put spinach and a pinch of turmeric powder in it. cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Filter the excess water and pour a cup of cold water on top
  • wait until it comes to room temperature

This step is to retain green color of Spinach

  • In a mixie jar, add the spinach, cut tomatoes, garlic pods and ginger
  • blend it into puree
  • Spinach puree is ready now. Keep this aside
Step 2 – Preparing Palak Paneer:
  • in a vessel/pan, add oil
  • once hot, add jeera/cumin seeds and let it splutters
  • add finely chopped onions, saute until it turns translucent
  • add the spinach puree we prepared along with 1/2 cup of water
  • close with the lid and cook for 10 minutes on medium flame. saute Occasionally
  • add paneer cubes, garam masala powder along with required salt
  • mix well and cook for a minute
  • put in a tsp of chili powder and sugar (optional)
  • pour milk cream (1/4 cup) and mix it together.Let It Cook For 2 Minutes
  • turn off flame and add a tsp of lemon juice
  • serve hot with Naan/rotis/chapathis/rice

for other rice varieties recipes, check out here

for Roti/Chapathi/Naan recipes, check out here

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