Saag Paneer | How to make Saag Paneer

By Tanushree Aich  |  12th May 2016  |  
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About Saag Paneer Recipe

Cottage cheese dunked in a rich spinach gravy! This dish is a regular at most punjabi households and dhabbas.

Saag Paneer

Ingredients to make Saag Paneer

  • Ingredients
  • Palak / spinach 1 medium Bunch (chopped)
  • Paneer/ cottage cheese 200 gms
  • onion 1 (roughly chopped)
  • tomato 1 (roughly chopped)
  • coriander leaves chopped 1/4 cup
  • yogurt 1/4 Cup
  • ginger 1 inch (grated)
  • Nutmeg / jaiphal a pinch grated
  • garlic 5-6 big cloves (chopped)
  • Green Chili 2-3 (chopped)
  • Bayleaf 2
  • cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • cumin powder 1 tsp
  • coriander powder 1 tsp
  • Kashmiri Red Chili Powder 2 tsp
  • turmeric 1/4 tsp
  • cream 2 tbsp
  • oil 3 tbsp
  • sugar a pinch
  • salt to taste

How to make Saag Paneer

  1. Start by heating up a pan, add a tablespoon of oil. To the hot oil, add the cumin seeds. Let them splutter, then add bayleaf, grated ginger, chopped garlic and green chillies. Saute well.
  2. Once slightly cooked, add one roughly chopped onion and saute. Add little bit of salt and cook till it goes pink. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till they are mushy & pulpy.
  3. Turn off the flame and let the pan cool a little bit. Then add in the smooth beaten yogurt and stir well for about a minute.
  4. Now tip in the spices- turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chili powder and then grate in some nutmeg. Start with the flame on low, and stir well and cook until the masala starts getting a simmer.
  5. If the mixture seems dry ,2-3 more tbsps of yogurt can be added. Add the sugar and mix well, Cook till the gravy sweats oil
  6. Then comes in the chopped spinach. Keep stirring and cook till the volume reduces, and the spinach is slightly wilted. After the volume is reduced, cook for another minute.
  7. Turn off the flame, add the chopped coriander leaves and make a paste out of the cooked masalas, remember to discard the bay leaf.
  8. Heat up a pan, add some oil, add the paste and get it to a simmer. Add more salt if required, also add the 2 tbsp cream. Mix well.
  9. Grate about 25-30 grams of paneer straight in the pan, and chop rest, saute it a little till lightly browned. Add it to the gravy and let the gravy simmer so that the paneer soaks the flavours well. Serve Hot! Enjoy with phulkas, rotis or naan.

Reviews for Saag Paneer (6)

Kalpana Mahajana year ago

Awesome recipe. I made this many times. Its simple and not time consuming dish

Smita Kandoi3 years ago

I tried was really different n very tasty...thanx for sharing this recipe

Swati Kalawat3 years ago


Rekha Bharatarajan3 years ago

Awesome recipe. We need to cook the Spinach separately or with the masala?

Tarunima Tripathi4 years ago

those paneer look so heavenly!

Evelyn Shilpa4 years ago

Looks Amazing! Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe.