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Palak Paneer

A healthy and delicious side dish made using paneer, spinach and spices.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 people


  • Cooking pan with lid
  • Mixer grinder


For making the spinach paste

  • 250 gm baby spinach rinsed
  • water

For making palak paneer

  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 150 gm paneer cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • 2-3 green chilies finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¾ tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tbsp yogurt/curd
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • salt to taste


  • Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring it to a boil on medium heat.
  • Add rinsed spinach into the pan, blanch for 2 minutes, and immediately transfer the spinach into cold water(ice cold). Drain and make a fine paste of the spinach, and keep it aside until used.
    250 gm baby spinach
  • Heat oil in a separate pan on medium heat.
    3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • Add cumin seeds, chopped green chilies, chopped onion, and sauté for 2-3 minutes on medium heat until onion golden brown.
    ½ tsp cumin seeds, 2-3 green chilies, 1 medium onion
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste, sauté until the raw smell goes away.
    1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • Add salt, turmeric powder, and cumin powder, and sauté for 20 seconds.
    ¼ tsp turmeric powder, salt to taste, ¾ tsp cumin powder
  • Stir in the freshly made spinach paste and cook for 2 minutes on low-medium heat. (Make sure to not overcook the spinach as it's already partially cooked.)
  • Add yogurt and garam masala and mix to incorporate them into the gravy.
    2 tbsp yogurt/curd, ¼ tsp garam masala
  • Finally, add the paneer cubes. Combine, cover (for approximately 4-5 minutes) on low heat until the paneer is soft.
    150 gm paneer
  • Serve it warm with naan, roti, chapati, paratha, or your favorite flavored rice. Enjoy!


  • Add salt and spices as per your taste and preference.
  • Do not blanch spinach longer. It will lose its color, flavor, and nutrients.
  • You can use either chopped green chilies directly while cooking or blend whole green chilies together with spinach.
Keyword Easy Paneer Recipe, Palak Paneer, Paneer, Paneer Curry, Spinach Recipes