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Palak Paneer
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5 from 3 votes

Palak Paneer (Spinach cooked with Fresh Indian Cheese)

Palak Paneer is a delicious dish of spinach blended with fresh Indian Cheese, creating a masterful vegetarian dish for your family to enjoy.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Indian cooking, palak paneer
Servings: 4
Calories: 355kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley


  • 1 bunch of fresh spinach
  • 1 ½ cups paneer cut into 12 mm. (½") cubes
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ¾ cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • piece ginger grated, 1"
  • 1 green chili finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder haldi
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 3 tablespoon fresh tomato or 2 of tomato paste.
  • salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ tablespoon Kasturi Methi/ dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 ½ cup Water for blanching
  • 2 tbsp Heavy cream optional if you want rich you can add this
  • ½ lemon juice optional
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper optional


  • Blanch the spinach in a sauce pot with boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Drain, refresh with cold water and keep aside to cool for some time.
  • In a small pan heat ghee and fry the paneer pieces until the sides becomes slightly brown. Keep this fried paneer in hot water until you ready to use.
  • Blend in a mixer to a smooth purée with green chili and keep aside.
  • Heat the oil in a thick bottomed pan , add cumin seeds and onions and sauté on a medium flame till they turn translucent. To this add fresh tomato and cook once again until it become mushy. Then make puree of this onion and tomato and set aside.
  • Heat a medium sauce pot and add tomato onion mixture, ginger -garlic paste and turmeric , coriander powder, garam masala and red chili powder and cook for about 2-3 minutes until oil starts to leaves the mixtures.
  • Add the spinach purée and water mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  • Add the salt, and crushed dry fenugreek leaves, heavy cream (if using) and mix well.
  • Add the paneer, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Serve hot.
  • *You can add lemon juice and black pepper at the end to enhance more flavors.


Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 272IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 430mg | Iron: 1mg