Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer is one of the most popular dishes in North India. Chunks of cottage cheese is simmered in a creamy spinach puree. Cottage cheese has mild flavour and it brings down the bitterness of spinach very well. It is quite a healthy dish packed with vitamins, iron and proteins. Palak paneer topped with cream, is served with different kinds of Indian breads like Naan, Tandori Roti, Paratha and chapati. 

You can also check out our other Paneer recipes like Lahsooni Methi Paneer, Paneer Kali Mirch in Makhana Gravy and Shahi Paneer.

Palak Paneer

Serves: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients for Palak Paneer

200 grams paneer cubed (cottage cheese)
4 cups spinach washed and chopped
2 green chilies chopped
1/3 teaspoon sugar
A pinch of baking soda
2 medium onions chopped fine
1 tablespoon garlic chopped fin
1 teaspoon ginger chopped fine
1 tablespoon tomato puree
¼ teaspoon kasoori methi crushed
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon ghee
2 tablespoon cream
½ teaspoon lemon juice
Salt

Roasted Spices
2 cloves
2 cardamoms
½” piece of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon mace
½ teaspoon cumin

Directions for Palan Paneer

  • Dry roast all the 5 spices on low heat for 3 minutes. Cool and grind to a powder. Set aside.
  • Heat a pan; add the spinach, chilli, sugar and soda. Stir a couple of times. The spinach will wilt and shrink. Switch off the heat and transfer the spinach onto a flat dish to cool.
  • Blend the spinach to make pure and set aside.
  • Heat oil and ghee in a pan, add ginger, garlic and onions, sauté till translucent.
  • Add tomato puree and cook till oil starts to separate.
  • Now add the roasted spice mix and kasoori methi.
  • Stir in the spinach pure and cook till it starts to bubble.
  • Add the cream, stir and add the paneer pieces and salt. Cook on low heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Switch off the heat and add lemon juice and give a stir.
  • Serve with bread of your choice.

Note: Sugar and soda will help to retain the green colour of the spinach. The roasted spice mix will make a difference in this dish so; don’t substitute it with the normal garam masala.

Palak Paneer

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