Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Palak Paneer

Heres our version of  the delicious Palak Paneer aka cottage cheese in spinach curry sauce. This dish is a sure find in every Indian menu card and is rich in iron with the all the goodness coming from the spinach leaves and calcium from the cottage cheese. We have used homemade paneer for this recipe, so from start to end its a complete homemade meal.

Prep Time: 20 mins
Spinach leaves (washed, blanched & pureed): 1 cup
Tomato (pureed): 1
Onion s(chopped): 1/4 cup
Green chillies: 2
Ginger-garlic paste: 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds: 1 1/2 teaspoons
Coarinder powder: 1 teaspoon
Chilli powder: 1/2  teaspoon
Turmeric powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Kasoori Methi / Dried fenugreek leaves: 2 teaspoons
Milk/Cream: 1/3 cup
Paneer (cubed): 8-10 pcs
Oil to fry
Bay leaves: 1
Cradamom seed: 1
Cinnamon stick: 1

* You could fry the paneer cubes slightly before adding to the gravy to avoid it crumbling up. Or you could skip the frying bit and add the plain paneer cubes. If you are sauteeing the paneer, just rub the paneer in little salt, turmeric and chilli powder and saute in little oil. Another thing is if you leave these fried paneer for a long time in room temperature, it will become hard and rubbery. So immediately after frying, let  it sit in 1/4 cup warm water. You could add this water with the paneer back into gravy.

Wash the spinach leaves. Immerse in 1/2 cup boiling water for 2 mins. Drain and puree the spinach leaves into a smooth paste.

In a deep pan, heat some oil. Add the bay leaves, cardamom seeds, cinnamon stick and cumin seeds. Add the ginger garlic paste. Add the chopped onions and saute until slightly golden. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder. Add the tomato puree and mix well. Now add the spinach puree and let everything simmer on low heat. Adjust the salt and spices. When the spinach is fully cooked, add the crushed kasoori methi. Finally add the paneer cubes. Add milk/cream and mix well.

Palak paneer is ready to be served.


  1. Wow... a hotel like palak paneer with that green colour...yummy and you just added to the taste with that superb pics...

  2. Awesome clicks... Lovely recipe and drooling over your pics.. Just yummy..

  3. This is my all time favorite... Looks so good. YUM!

  4. Perfect Palak Paneer ....that too with home made paneer...Looks Great


  5. Perfect restaurant style palak paneer....awesome clicks.

  6. Lovely presentation and delicious recipe!

  7. Yum ...perfect with those naan ....

  8. Yummy palak paneer, wat a perfect pair for rotis, delicious dish..

  9. I like the way you give a snapshot of all the ingredients!Good recipe!

  10. looks perfect and delicious dear...
    nice clicks :)

  11. The color is killing me girls! Adipoli aytund ketto :)

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  14. Palak paneer looks so delicious. Pics are nice.

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  17. I love palak paneer its my fav.This looks so so so so good!

  18. Nice presentation of recipe. Love to include this on my palak paneer recipe collection.

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