Palak Paneer

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Palak Paneer

How long it takes: 1 hour

Number of servings : 4-5

Palak/Spinach the most popular greens needs no introduction at all. The Malabar spinach is the cousin of palak which is not that popular in Northern India as palak is. I have already put up dal palak, palak moongdal masala, palak rice and palak soup recipes and these have been well-received and appreciated by readers of this blog. I would like to add yet another recipe of these super-healthy greens – palak paneer which is very popular North Indian dish often served and relished at parties and in most of the restaurants, being served with Puri/Roti. Here it is:

What you need to have:

1. Chopped Palak – 4 cups

Chopped fresh Palak leaves

Ingredients of Wet masala and Seasoning:

1. Chopped onions – 1/2 cup

2. Garlic pods – 4-5

3. Ginger – 1/2″ piece

4. Paneer cubes – 15-20

5. Milk – 1/2 cup

6. Cream – 2 Tablespoons

7. Garam masala powder – 1 Teaspoon

8. Turmeric powder – 1 Teaspoon

9. Coriander powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

10. Chilli powder – 1 Teaspoon

11. Cashews -3-4

Ingredients of wet masala, seasoning and other ingredients

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash, peel and chop onions, chop ginger finely as well as garlic and keep it aside as shown in the above image.

2. Wash and chop palak/spinach finely and cook it directly in a wide bowl on medium with minimum water till done adding a little salt.

Chopped Palak being cooked

3. Drain water from cooked palak on cooling and grind it in the mixer for a few seconds.

Ground cooked palak

4. Grind chopped onions, ginger, garlic and cashews using drained water from cooked palak to a fine consistency in the mixer.

Ground wet masala

5. Place a skillet with 1 cup oil in it on medium flame. On heating, fry paneer cubes till crispy and light brown; stir at regular intervals. When done place it in a colander to drain any extra oil.

Paneer cubes being fried in oil

Fried Paneer

6. Place a skillet with 3-4 Teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame. On heating add ground masala to it and fry till all it is thickened, stirring at regular intervals.

Wet masala being fried in oil

7. When done add all the powders one after the other and stir well.

Powders being fried in the wet masala

8. Add cooked and ground palak from step-3 to it, also add milk, cream and a little water , salt , a pinch of sugar and bring it to boil on low flame.

Ground palak & milk, cream being added

9. Finally add fried paneer cubes from step-4 to it and bring it to boil on low flame stiring continuously with a wooden spatula so that it does not get crushed.

Fried Paneer being added to the dish

10. Ready to serve Palak Paneer is as shown in the image below. Enjoy with chapati, roti or even roasted Bread etc..,

Ready to serve Palak Paneer

How long it takes: 1 hour

Number of servings : 4-5

Good to remember:

1. Use fresh palak greens for the dish.

2. One can even make use of the cottage cheese for the purpose instead of the cubes. Cottage cheese has salt in it, and paneer doesn’t.

3. One can make use of green chilly instead of red chilli powder. Green chilly should be cooked with palak and ground with the wet masala.

4. Cooked palak should not be ground smooth.


8 thoughts on “Palak Paneer

    Hari Chandana said:
    March 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

    looks so delicious and perfect.. Amazing job !!

    Indian Cuisine

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Hi Hari,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments .

    chitra said:
    March 13, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Looks yummy, ready to have with roti now 😉

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 14, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      Hi Chitra,

      Okay do try out da recipe.

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    January 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm

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    samasthitha said:
    July 1, 2012 at 7:14 am

    i loved this recipe and i tried it instead of mushrooms and topped it with a dollop pof butter and served it with ghee rice. it is the best palak paneer (mushroom) i have ever tried.Will continue to use this recipe. thanks 🙂

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Samasthitha,

      How come you say instead of Mushrooms and so i did not get to understand your feed back. You might have written it by mistake i suppose is’nt it??

    samasthitha said:
    July 20, 2012 at 3:37 am

    oh yes i made it instead of paneer, that’s what i meant 🙂

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