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Palak Paneer Recipe

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Date – 12.1.2016

Preparation time – 20 mins

Cooking time – 15 mins

Cuisine – north india

Recipe type – main

Serve – 3





Palak/spinach  – 200 to 250 g

Hot water – 4 cups for blanching palak

Cold water or tab water – for ice bath

Paneer – 200 to 250 g (cut into cubes)

Cumin/jeera – ½ tsp

Onion – 1 medium (finely chopped)

Garam masala – ¼ to ½ tsp

kasuri methi – 1 tsp

Oil or ghee or butter – 3-4 tbsp or as needed

Salt as per taste

Water – ½ to ¾ cup For gravy

For making paste

Garlic clove – 3-4

Ginger – ½ inch

Tomato – 1 medium

Green chilly – 1 or 2

Cashew nuts – 8-10 (soak in hot water for 10 mins) Or Badam / almonds – 10-12 (soak in hot water for 10 mins then remove skin)



For making Palak puree

First rinse Palak or spinach very with water. If stems are hard remove them, if they are soft just use as it.

Heat 4 cups of water in a pan, then leave Palak in hot water for 2 mins and switch of the flame.

Strain the palak, immediately rinse palak under tab water or cold water. This will help Palak to preserve its green color.

Grind palak in a smooth and fine paste. If needed add some water.

For making Paneer soft

Heat a tsp of butter or oil in non-stick pan, add paneer cubes it that and toss for few seconds. leave this paneer in the hot water till we need them.

For making Palak Paneer

In a blender take ingredients under ‘for making paste’ and grind them in fine paste. Keep aside.

Heat oil or butter or ghee in kadai or pan, add cumin. Let crackle.

Add finely chopped onion, saute and stir till they translucent.

Add the blended paste, stir and saute until oil separates from masala.

Add garam masala, kasuri methi and salt, stir for a minute. Be careful masala should not burn.

Add palak puree and water, stir well.

Cook this palak puree on simmer for 3-4 mins.

Add paneer, stir well ,cook for a minute and switch off the flame.

Last garnish with cream.

Serve hot with chapati, naan or jeera rice.



if you do not have cream just mix malai and milk, make them smooth and your fresh cream is ready.

You can make this recipe with tofu too, for that just slightly fry tofu cubes and add just how we added paneer.

In Short



Heat 4 cups of water in pan


Leave Palak in hot water for 5 mins


Strain Palak, rinse Palak under tab water or cold water


Make puree, keep aside


Soak cashew in hot water for 10 mins


Heat oil/butter in nonstick pan


Toss paneer cubes for few seconds


Leave them in hot water till we need them


Grind ingredients under ‘for making paste’


Make paste


Heat oil/butter, add cumin


Saute onion until translucent


Add grinded paste


Add salt, kasuri methi and garam masala


Saute till oil separates


Add Palak puree


Add water, stir and cook palak in simmer for 3-4 mins


Add paneer cubes, cook for a min, turn off the flame


Garnish with cream/malai

Palak paneer is ready






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