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Palak Paneer

Saranya Sridharan
5 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
3 People
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Palak paneer is a very popular North Indian dish made with spinach and soft paneer.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • North Indian
  • Simmering
  • Blending
  • Boiling
  • Sauteeing
  • Side Dishes

Ingredients Serving: 3

  1. Palak/ spinach leaves - 1 cup
  2. Paneer- cubed , 1 cup
  3. Onions- 1, finely chopped
  4. Ginger, finely chopped- 1 tsp
  5. Garlic, finely chopped- 2 tsp
  6. Green Chillies- 2, finely chopped
  7. turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  8. Red chilli powder- 1 tsp
  9. coriander powder- 1 tsp
  10. cumin powder- 1 tsp
  11. Garam masala Powder- 1 tsp
  12. Kasuri methi- a fat pinch
  13. Curd- 2 tbsp
  14. lemon juice- 2 tsp
  15. salt to taste
  16. Sugar- 1/2 tsp
  17. Oil- 1 tbsp
  18. cumin Seeds- 1 tsp


  1. Heat oil in a pan and add in the cumin seeds. Next add in the chopped ginger, garlic and green chillies.
  2. Then add in the finely chopped onions and saute for a minute. Add a pinch of sugar to caramelize the onions.
  3. Once the onions turn translucent, add in the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt. Cook until the raw smell goes away. (Add a little water so the spices don't burn.)
  4. In the meanwhile, blanch the spinach leaves in boiling water for 2- 3 minutes, then drop the leaves into a bowl of ice cold water to stop the leaves from cooking further.
  5. Once cooked, grind this mixture to form a smooth puree. Add this puree to the onions, the add garam masala powder and bring it to a boil.
  6. Add about 2 tbsp of curd and simmer it for a minute. (I did not use any cream here, instead I used curd.)
  7. Next add in the paneer cubes. Take a fat pinch of kasuri methi, crush it with your hands and add it.
  8. Cook it for a minute longer, just till the paneer becomes soft. Cooking it any further would turn the paneer rubbery.
  9. Then turn off the heat, add a little lemon juice and serve it hot with roti/ rice.

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