Mar 27, 2012

Palak Paneer ( Step by Step)

Usually I am not a big fan of Paneer recipes, as Paneer (Cottage Cheese), tastes bland by itself and I used to think it is fatty. But recently when i came to know about the nutritional values that it has, it is not only a good fat but also is a good protein source for vegetarians. When I was a kid Whenever we go out for dinner, My mom used to always order Pulkas along with the Palak Paneer as she is a vegetarian. I haven't realized the greatness of this combination until I have mastered this signature recipe and making it quite frequently. This rich creamy spinach gravy is not spicy but flavorful, and when the paneer gets simmered in this, it tastes Exotic and not bland. Here are the Step-by-Step instructions to make it easier for you, Enjoy!

Palak Panner
Chopped Onions - 1 cup
Chopped Tomato - 1 cup
cubed Panner -  1 Cup
Spinach ( Palak) - 4 cups
ginger garlic paste - 1 Tbsp
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
chopped garlic - 1 Tbsp
salt - 2 tsp
Red Chili Powder - 2 tsp
coriander powder - 1 tsp
cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric poeder - 1 tsp
cinnamon - 2 flakes
cardamom - 1
clove - 2
Oil - 1 Tbsp


First Boil 3 Cups of water and add the spinach to it. Do not close the lid. After 5 min, turn off the heat drain the spinach and let it cool and make it into a paste using blender or mixie. 

Take the non stick pan and heat the oil. Once the oil is hot add the Cinnamon, cardamom, clove, cumin seeds.

Add Chopped Onions and garlic and saute for 3 min. 

Add Ginger Garlic Paste and wait until the oil separatesNow add turmeric powder and salt. Mix well. 

Add Tomatoes. Let it cook with onions for 2 min. 

Add Red Chili Powder, Coriander Powder and Cumin Powder. Mix it very well. 

Now add the spinach puree (palak paste) to the pan. 

and let it simmer by cooking it on low heat. so that all the flavors and spices will sink in. 

Taste and adjust all the seasonings and now add the paneer cubes.  

Now simmer for few minutes and let paneer get coated with all these spices.

Ta da! your restaurant stylish (or even better than restaurant) Palak Panner is ready now. Transfer this into a bowl and garnish it with red onions.  

Serve with Chapathi/Roti/Pulka and now dig in. To accompany this creamy taste you can add sliced red onion rings sprinkled with lime juice on top.

  • Cooking the spinach gravy on low will add good taste to this dish.
  • At the end you can add some fresh cream for creamy taste. 
  • go moderate with your salt, as spinach is already salty by nature.
  • Boiling the spinach with out the lid will make to retain it's green color. That is the reason  for this beautiful  and vibrant green color. If you over cook or close the lid, your spinach will lose color and it may turn into little black in the gravy.
linking this to following events
Nupur's For u Mum event, Resh's comfort Food Event, Aayesha's Healthy Morsels event, Rosh's Gimme Green Event,
Radhika's Let's Cook Greens Event Spring Seasonal Foods @ Srav's Culinary Concepts

-Take care until we meet here again


  1. Woww.. My fav recipe.. looks absolutely perfect and delicious.. thanks for sharing dear.. nice clicks too !!
    Indian Cuisine

  2. I hv this in my drafts too..nice n delicious

  3. my fav curry. yours looks wonderful

  4. great step wise pictures.. looks delicious!
    Edible Entertainment

  5. looks very delicious..loved your step by step presentation!!

  6. Nice healthy side dish for chapathis dear

  7. Yeah! Paneer has lot of nutrients and a good source of protein. Thank you for sharing this delicious Palak paneer recipe with Healthy Morsels - Pregnancy :)

  8. Perfect colour and texture for the gravy. Thank you for linking this nutritious gravy with Healthy Morsels :)

  9. My all time favourite. Don't you just love the green! Such a healthy yet simple recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing this on my space :)

  10. Super inviting and perfect with rotis !! Thanks for linking to the event !! Appreciate It :)

    Ongoing event CC:Spring Seasonal Food

  11. I am big fan of Palak Paneer recipes. I like green vegetables and gravy base typical indian Sabzi. I am learning various Indian Food Recepies and soon be a master in creative dishes.

  12. This recipe looks yummy, delicious and healthy. I am going to try it.



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