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Palak Paneer Recipe

5 from 7 votes

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Palak paneer is a very easy recipe made with spinach and Indian cottage cheese. It has a mild flavor and is very kid friendly. So easy to make that you can make it in 15 to 20 minutes.

You should be able to find all ingredients for this recipe at your local international market or East Asian store. We have use store-bought paneer in this palak paneer recipe but you can also make your own paneer very easily. If buying paneer, look for malai paneer and not regular paneer for a delicious melt-in-your-mouth paneer.

Palak Paneer
Palak Paneer

Some people like to use onion puree instead of chopped onions but we prefer to use chopped onions. Onion puree tends to make the gravy bitter. Heavy cream is optional but it does add a rich taste to the dish. Some recipes call for blanching the spinach before make the puree. We have tried that version and honestly, there was no difference in taste in the two versions. However, blanching added to the total time and effort for the recipe. We simply wash the spinach and make a puree.

You can make this dish vegan by substituting paneer with tofu and skipping cream. Or you could also use coconut cream or coconut milk.

If you like this recipe, we are sure you will also enjoy our Shahi Paneer recipe.

Palak paneer recipe

Palak paneer

Indian cottage cheese in a creamy spinach based gravy
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 439 kcal




  • 1 lb paneer (or Indian cottage cheese) cut in bite cubes or rectangles
  • 3-4 tsp ghee or clarified butter
  • ¼ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 bunch spinach washed and pureed
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ inch ginger minced
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin-coriander powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 cup water more as needed
  • salt as needed


  • Melt ghee on medium heat.
  • Add cumin seeds, bay leaf and cinnamon stick and sauté.
  • Add chopped onion, ginger and garlic and sauté until golden brown.
  • Add spinach puree and cook well.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin-coriander powder and garam masala.
  • Add water as needed and bring to a boil.
  • Add salt and sugar.
  • Add paneer pieces, cover and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Finally stir in heavy cream (optional), simmer and serve with rice, naan or roti.


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Nutrition Facts
Palak paneer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 439 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 111mg5%
Potassium 546mg16%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 19g38%
Calcium 664mg66%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Vitamin A 8196IU164%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword best-tasting, easy
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By FoodLifeAndMoney in June, 2020

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  1. 5 stars
    Yum! I have never heard of Palak Paneer, but I LOVE cottage cheese and spinach! It looks like something I would love with some homemade naan!

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