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Palak Paneer Recipe
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Palak Paneer Recipe

Palak paneer is a popular Indian dish - mildly spiced, delicious and creamy spinach sauce with Indian cottage cheese .
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Bachelor's Cooking, Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 198kcal
Author Muktha H S


  • 250 grams Palak / spinach
  • 200 grams Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese
  • 3 to 4 Green Chili less spice variant
  • 2 no’s Onion medium size, finely chopped
  • 1 no Tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic minced or paste
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger minced or paste
  • 1 teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder optional
  • ½ teaspoon Red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • ½ tablespoon Butter
  • ½ to ¾ Cup water
  • Salt to Taste


  • Bring water to rolling boil and turn off the heat.
  • Immerse spinach leaves and green chillies in this hot water for 5 minutes.
  • Add blanched spinach leaves into ice cold water. This is called shocking , this step avoids further heating and also ensures to retain deep green colour of leaves. Most importantly it’s essential to unlock and lock nutrients, hence don’t miss this step.
  • After 3-4 minutes, remove spinach leaves and green chilies from water and add to mixer jar/blender.
  • Blend to smooth puree without adding any extra water.
  • Take a non-stick pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add paneer cubes and toss until it turns light golden in colour.
  • Once it turns golden in colour, remove paneer cubes and dip in water or buttermilk. This step helps to make paneer soft
  • In the same non-stick pan , heat butter add cumin seeds .
  • When it splutters add minced ginger, minced garlic and chopped onion. Saute until onion turns golden in colour.
  • Add turmeric powder (optional), red chili powder and tomatoes, saute till tomatoes turn mushy.
  • To this add palak puree mix well and add ½ cup of water.
  • Add salt to taste and paneer cubes.
  • Mix well everything, cover lid and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Now regulate heat to simmer, add ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder and fresh cream. Mix well everything and turn off the stove.
  • Add lemon juice mix well and serve with Roti. It can also be served with Naan ,Chapati , Paratha or with Jeera rice.



  • Adding paneer cubes into water/curds after tossing helps it to remain soft. You can even add paneer cubes directly without tossing also , it's up to your choice.
  • Be careful while adding salt to any green leafy vegetables as it contains sodium.


Calories: 198kcal