Saturday, April 16, 2011

Palak Paneer- Indian cheese simmered in spinach gravy

It's rainy season in my part of the world. I feel there is something about the rains that makes you want to get pampered. It was exactly how I felt after it rained the whole day yesterday. As luck would have it I had some fresh home made paneer and some fresh spinach. So I decided to put these two together to create this traditional green curry.
Palak paneer is a rich, smooth, creamy curry where Indian cheese si simmered in onion, tomato and spinach based curry and moderately spiced. This smooth, creamy consistency of the gravy, and melt in the mouth paneer and subtle flavour of the spices that goes into makeing this curry, issure to leave you satisfied. This makes an ideal accompaniment to rotis, naan or Steamed rice

Palak Paneer recipe:
Preparation time- 30 mins
Cooking time: 20mins
Serves- 4

Spinach- 2bunches
Paneer- 200gms
Onion- 2 med, blanced and pureed
Tomato- 1 large- blanched and pureed
Cashew paste- 1/4 cup (3tbsp)
Capsicum- 1
ginger- 1"piece
Garlic- 3cloves
Green chilli-1, slit
Coriander powder- 1/2tsp
Garam masala- 1/2tsp
Turmeric- 1/4tsp
Jeera or cumin seeds- 1tsp
Chilli powder- 1/4tsp
Ghee or oil- 2 tbsp
Cream- 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
For tempering:
Cinnamon- 1", powdered
Cloves- 3, powdered


  • Blanch or pressure cook the spinach for 1 whistle. Cool and grind to a smooth paste and keep aside
  • Make a paste of the ginger, garlic and capsicum and keep aside
  • Heat a tbsp of ghee in a pan and saute the paneer cubes till brown and set aside
  • Heat another tbsp of ghee in a kadhai and add the cumin  seeds.
  • Once they pop, add the onion paste and the green chillies and fry for 2 min
  • Add the ginger-garlic-capsicum paste and fry till the raw smell goes
  • Add the blended tomato puree and fry till the raw smell goes
  • Then add the pureed spinach and saute for 2-3 mins more
  • Stir in the cashewnut paste and a little water and stir briskly 
  • Add the turmeric, salt, coriander powder, garam masala, chillipowder and cook for half a min
  • Add the fried paneer cubes. Mix and let it simmer for  a min more
  • In another pan, add the remaining tbsp of ghee and add the powdered cinnamon and clove and saute for a min.
  • Add this seasoning to the palak paneer and mix thoroughly.
  • Take off the heat, Garnish with lemon wedges and serve hot with roti or Naan


  1. Perfect for rotis, luv the color of the gravy...looks fresh n perfect

  2. Very rich side dish! Great with naans...

  3. That is a gorgeous pic of the fresh paneer. one of our favorite dishes in the kitchen and my kids just spoon it straight from the bowl without any roti or rice. urs look so delectable.

  4. Fresh paneer cubes look so nice .. a classic recipe

  5. Omg, wat a fantastic bowl of delicious palak paneer, simply lipsmacking..

  6. Great combo and looks so yummy! Excellent clicks too...

  7. Wow! that looks fantastic... very nice color and the texture is really nice too, done just right. I could eat a whole plate-full :)

    US Masala

  8. Palak paneer is our all time fav. I like your version too. I however never use capsicum. Will try yours next time :)

  9. Yum!! Love the creamy palak panner.

  10. All time favourite paneer recipe...looks yum....

  11. That's a class- you've made it way too tempting with your pictures and presentation!

  12. I love palak paneer.But hubby doesnt! So I get all of it when I make it.The best way to enjoy summers!

  13. Your recipe sound amazing. It has so many wonderful flavours. Another reminder that I should attempt making homemade paneer. Now all I need is go out of my comfort zone and give it a go.

  14. My favourite recipe dear. At any point of time I crave for palak paneer. Yours look delicious. Excellent presentation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  15. I enjoy reading the comments. Just looking on the pictures...hmmmm...truly mouth watering recipe.


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