Palak Paneer

Posted: July 18, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Curries, Dinner, Indian Food
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Growing up I was not a big fan of green leafy vegetable. But now being a mom I have to eat this veggies in order for my son to obtain the taste and liking for the same.  And I think I also started liking this veggies as an adult. Hubby loves spinach and our recent trip to farmer’s market and with the amount of fresh spinach I brought, brings me to this dish.

Palak Paneer is again the most famous vegetarian dish. Palak is nothing but the hindi term for spinach and paneer is soft Indian cottage cheese. This rich and healthy delicacy consists of small soft paneer cubes cooked in palak based gravy and some indian masala. I don’t have to tell you how healthy it is, if you are on diet this is the best guilt free dish to enjoy.I like to make my own paneer but you are most welcome to get the same from Indian grocery store.

Like most Indian recipes, there are different ways to make a single dish. Palak paneer traditionally made with heavy cream and butter/ghee. But I have made this little more healthy and didn’t use any cream or butter. This recipe is easy, simple and yet nutritious.

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer


  • 2 bunches of Palak (spinach)
  • 1 1/2 cups paneer, cut in small cubes
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon crushed tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon tawa masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mango powder (amchur powder)
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste
Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer


  • Blanch the spinach leaves in a large pot of boiling salted water for 2 minutes only. Drain immediately and immerse in a bowl of ice water.
  • Squeeze out the excess water, and churn it in a blender until smooth and fine puree is obtained. Though water is not needed but if it does add it in small quantities. Once done keep it aside.
  • In a pestle, crush garlic, ginger and green chillies to a fine paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the cubed paneer until lightly golden brown on all the sides. Remove from pan and keep it on paper towel until needed.
  • In the same pan add the remaining two tablespoon of oil, add cumin seeds and let it get brown.
  • Add chopped onions followed by garlic-ginger-green chilli paste and little salt and cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala, tawa masala and salt. Cook covered for 5-6 minutes on low flame.
  • Now add palak puree to the pan and little water for gravy like consistency and cook covered for 10-12 minutes more.
  • In the end before switching of the flame add fried paneer, amchur powder and mix well. Cook for 1 minute or so.
  • Serve hot with roti and enjoy!

  1. almostveg says:

    I wanted to try this recipe, but was not sure of the tawa masala. Is it a ready made spice and where is it available.
    If you like paneer you might like to try this paneer recipe as well The addition of shahjeera gives it the special touch.

  2. A global favorite i guess.

  3. Lovely! Everybody at my place loves this recipe. A global favorite i guess.

  4. such hot looking dish and this is something I make often !

  5. Joyti says:

    Hmmm, that sounds SO delicious! Love spinach and paneer…

  6. aipi says:

    Love that rich green color ~ an all time fav dish 🙂
    US Masala

  7. I love the dazzling green of your palak paneer Suman and the fast that you add tomatoes to yours too, I love 🙂

    Don’t you just hate the pasty off green stuff you get at most restaurants here in the US?

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  8. jay says:

    awesome flavor…looks healthy n delicious..
    thanks for stopping by n your lovely words..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  9. Rosa May says:

    Soooo yummy looking! That combination is just extremely palatable.



  10. This is lovely with roti! I have eaten it once and I really like it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Swathi says:

    palak paneer looks delicious. My hubby’s favorite.

  12. Simply Life says:

    yum! this sounds wonderful!

  13. Raks says:

    NIce recipe for palak paneer and love the paneer on top!

  14. Uma says:

    Very authentic dish. Like your recipe as it is prepared on healthy point of view.


  15. kankana says:

    Palak paneer is every Indian’s fav dish but guess what i don’t make a delicious palak paneer 🙂 This looks so lovely and creamy.

  16. This looks so authentic…love the color of palak paneer..

  17. Tadka Pasta says:

    Your blog looks so cool! Love the theme, very modern and striking!

  18. Sridevi says:

    Yummy Palak Paneer with low fat version. Hope your son enjoyed palak.

  19. Sobha Shyam says:

    super delicious palak paneer, this is my fav, very tempting clicks..

    Only 2 days left-Event:

  20. I’m so excited you posted this recipe because I’ve been meaning to try this for awhile. Thanks for sharing.

  21. This looks so delectable.My family love this yummy dish.

  22. Healthy and yummy combo! Spinach is my favorite too…

  23. Very delicious recipe…and you have prepared it very nicely with its color intact…

  24. Wowwwwwwww.. Simply inviting.. thanks for the delicious recipe dear.. Perfect shots too 🙂

  25. kothiyavunu says:

    wow..This is really making drool 🙂 such a lovely colour, looks so mouthwatering!

  26. Sarah Naveen says:

    I used to hate leafy veg while growing up..But i don’t know how it got to me , i just love these things , especially the ones from FM…nice color of curry..yummy!!

  27. daksha says:

    I like palak paneer and mostly i make same way:). ur looks delicious and mouthwatering.

  28. Deepa says:

    Lavish and delicious Palak Paneer. Just give me some rotis and watch me finish this entire bowl with pleasure. Great clicks.


  29. Sanjeeta kk says:

    My all time fav. recipe!

  30. Vimitha says:

    Healthy and delicious side dish for rotis…

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