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Palak paneer recipe | homestyle palak paneer 

Palak Paneer serving with Naan for palak paneer recipe
Palak Paneer

Palak paneer is a famous dish from North Indian cuisine. It is one of best recipe of paneer curry , hugely popular in Punjab region.

Palak Paneer is a smooth creamy spinach or palak gravy with paneer ( Indian cottage cheese). As a whole palak paneer means Indian cottage in spinach gravy (spiced spinach sauce).

This is one of the most favorite dish of my wife and she loves to cook palak paneer regularly with less ingredients. And it tastes much better than that of restaurant style palak paneer.

She use lots of garlic tadka to bring out all the flavours of palak paneer. And we all love it very much.

I am sharing the same recipe that my wife regularly made at home with step by step instructions.

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Buy fresh spinach with some extra care and clean and remove their stem.  It is good to wash the spinach in running water as it often contains muds and dust.

So wash them in running water for 2 - 3 times . She always blanched spinach before cooking any spinach recipe.

 Blanching palak has some wonderful benefits :-

      1. Blanching help reduce micro  organisms present in spinach and pesticides residue as well from the spinach.

      2. It help to preserve the green color of the spinach .

      3. Palak contains oxalic acid which binds with calcium in palak thus prevent to absorb the calcium by body. Blanching help to reduce some oxalic acid from the spinach. So calcium remains free to absorb.

      4. We don't get the raw smell of palak after blanching it .


It is not good to freeze palak paneer for  later use as palak or spinach is one of those food items  that should not be reheated.

Spinach is rich in nitrate and when reheated again in microwave turn toxic, releasing carcinogenic properties , which are generally cancerous in nature.

Palak is rich in Iron. Heating and reheating may oxidize the iron  present in palak. Oxidation of iron generates dangerous free radicals which are known to cause many diseases including infertility and cancer.

You can also check healthy palak recipe below :-

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Palak Paneer recipe video ( in short)

Ingredients for palak paneer recipe

How to make Palak Paneer at home

* 250 gm fresh palak ( spinach)

* 2 - 4 green chillies

* 2 whole garlic cloves

* 1/2 inch ginger

* 200 gm Paneer ( cottage cheese) cut into cubes.

* 1 small medium size onion finely chopped

* 1 small medium size tomato finely chopped

* 1/2 teaspoon chopped Garlic

* 1/3 teaspoon Cumin

* 1 small pinch of Garam masala ( optional)

* 2 teaspoon of fresh cream

* 1/2 teaspoon butter

* 1 teaspoon Olive oil ( cooking oil)

* Salt as per taste.

Fresh spinach (palak) leaves for Palak Paneer recipe
Fresh spinach ( palak)

Garlic, green chili, ginger, onion and tomato for palak paneer recipe
Garlic, green chili, ginger, onion and tomato

Cumin , chopped Garlic, paneer cubes, salt and fresh cream for palak paneer recipe
Cumin, chopped garlic, paneer cubes ,salt and fresh cream

Step by step method for Palak Paneer

* Wash and rinse the spinach ( palak ) very well under running water. You can discard the hard stem of palak.

* Boil water in a pan with a pinch of salt . When the water start to boil , add the spinach leaves in water and blanched for 1 minute.

Blanching palak ( spinach) in hot water for palak paneer recipe
Blanching palak (spinach)

* After 1 minute , stain the spinach and immediately transfer into a  bowl of ice cold water. This will prevent the palak further cooking and help in preserving the green color as well.

Cooling spinach ( palak) under ice cold water for palak paneer recipe
Cooling under ice water

* You can cool the spinach under running water as well and leave under water for 1 to 2 minutes to get the same result.

* When the palak become cold , drain the water and blend with 1 - 2 green chillies , garlic cloves and 1/2 inch of ginger into a fine paste using a mixer grinder or a blender. If necessary add little water to make the paste.

Blanched spinach (palak) garlic and green chili in a grinder for Palak Paneer recipe
In a mixer

Spinach ( palak) paste or puree for Palak Paneer recipe
Spinach puree( palak paste)

* Now take a pan and heat with 1 teaspoon Olive oil or cooking oil .  When hot add the Cumin to sizzle.

* Add the chopped garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Further add the chopped onions and saute for 1 more minutes to light brown.

* Now add the chopped tomatoes and saute till they become mushy. Add the garam masala and salt.

Sauteing cumin garlic and onion for palak paneer recipe
Sauteing cumin garlic and onion

Sauteing tomatoes with onions cumin and garlic for palak paneer recipe
Sauteing tomatoes

* Pour the palak ( spinach) puree and mix well and cook until it bubbles for 2 - 3 minutes. Try to avoid over cooking as it can change the colour of palak paneer.

Cooking spinach (Palak) paste for palak paneer recipe
Cooking spinach ( palak)  puree

* Add the paneer cubes into the spinach mixture and mix well and cook for 1 minute.

Adding paneer cubes in palak gravy for palak paneer recipe
Paneer (cottage cheese) in spinach (palak) gravy

* Finally add the cream and mix well . Adjust the seasoning and remove in a serving bowl and serve hot. Your palak paneer is ready to enjoy.

Cooking palak paneer with adding cream for Palak Paneer recipe
Adding fresh cream

* You can garnish the palak paneer with cream and topping with butter cubes .

Garnished palak paneer with cream and butter for palak paneer recipe
Garnished palak paneer


* As palak paneer is a gravy based dish , it is best to serve with assorted Indian breads like Naan , Roti and Lachcha paratha.

* Chapati and phulkas can also be served with palak paneer.

* Steam rice , jeera rice and Pulao are good and best to serve with it .

Serving palak paneer with Naan
Serving palak paneer with Naan


     Calories :-  234 kcal

     Protein :- 11g

     Dietary fiber :- 3g

     Cholesterol :- 46mg

     Iron :- 2.4 mg

           RECIPE NOTES

* Some people love fried paneer cubes in gravy. In this recipe you can shallow fry the paneer cubes in a non stick pan till golden brown and then simmer in the gravy.

* When serving the palak paneer , squeeze lemon juice over the palak paneer gravy. It help to absorb the iron present in palak paneer.

* Sometimes the store brought paneer become hard. Soak them in warm water for 10 - 12 minutes helps it to soften .

* How can I make palak paneer Vegan ?

To make it Vegan , replace the paneer with tofu . And also use coconut cream in place of fresh cream.  Cashew nuts paste can also be used if you don't like coconut cream.

* What is Saag paneer?

Saag paneer is a combination of  green leafy based gravy with paneer cubes( Indian cottage cheese).

These green leafy  combination may be of spinach leaves , fenugreek leaves , mustard leaves.

The term Saag is a very popular  in India and  is associated with the famous dish named Sarsoo da Saag.

So palak paneer and Saag paneer are not same. Both have different method of preparations. In palak paneer, only spinach is used whereas in Saag paneer spinach , fenugreek and mustard leaves are used.

Both have same texture and colour but taste different.

* How can you make Jain palak paneer ? No onion , No garlic palak paneer.

It is quite easy to make palak paneer recipe without onion and garlic. Just follow the points while making the recipe :-

* In place of onion use cashew nuts, soak them in water for 15 minutes and blend with the blanched spinach and green chili.

* After sizzling Cumin ( jeera) in oil , add  the chopped tomatoes and saute till mushy. Add 1/3 teaspoon garam masala , coriander powder .

* Add the puree of spinach and cooked for 3-4 minutes till bubbling.

* Pour in the fresh cream and mix well . Topped with a big cubes of Butter .

* Remove and serve hot with phulkas and chapatis or jeera rice.

     How to make Punjabi palak paneer recipe ?

Punjabi palak paneer or restaurant style palak paneer can be made easily at home as well.  Use cashew nuts and Desi ghee ( pure ghee) in Punjabi palak paneer recipe.

You need to make a onion paste also known as onion gravy ( Kanda gravy) for this recipe.

Just roughly slice a onion and boiled it with cashew nuts and green chillies till the onion become soft.

Make a fine paste in a grinder after cooking.

Take a pan and heat oil with 1 teaspoon ghee . When hot add Cumin and chopped garlic and saute for 1 minute .

Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes till they get mushy.

Now add the onion paste and cook for 2 minutes more. Pour the palak puree and mix well. Let it come to a simmer.

Add  salt , dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori Methi) , garam masala and mix well.

Further add paneer cubes and simmer for 1 more minute. Lastly add the cream and remove in a serving bowl. Topped with lemon juice and 1 teaspoon Desi ghee and serve hot the Punjabi palak paneer.

In place of chopped garlic, you can use ginger garlic paste.

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