Palak Paneer is a famous and distinctive North Indian gravy made with Spinach and Paneer (Indian cottage cheese). To make this dish cubes of Paneer are added to spinach puree cooked in a spicy Onion-Tomato-Garlic gravy.
Palak Paneer is one of the most loved north Indian dishes and is a popular Paneer dish served in most of the Indian restaurants. Some people also add rich milk or cream to give the gravy a rich silky texture. To add some extra flavor, you can also slightly fry the Paneer pieces till they are golden brown.
The dish goes very well with almost all varieties of Indian Breads like Chapati, Missi Roti, Paratha, Naan etc. It can also be enjoyed with various rice varieties like Jeera Pulao, Peas Pulao or even normal steamed rice.
Palak Paneer is a very delicious and healthy vegetarian dish. It combines the goodness of leafy vegetable in form of Spinach with Paneer which is rich in proteins and low in calories. Spinach is one of the healthiest green vegetables and is packed with protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin A and folate.
To make Palak Paneer at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.
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Category: Main Course
Nutrition (per serving)
Ingredients For Palak Paneer Recipe
- 1 Bunch (250 gm) Spinach / Palak
- 100 gm Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese), cubed
- 1 Large Onion, finely chopped or pureed
- 2 Tomatoes, pureed
- 5-6 Cloves of garlic, minced
- ~2 inch Ginger, grated
- 2-3 Green Chillies, finely chopped
- 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
- 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
- 1/4 Teaspoon Kasoori Methi / Dried Fenugreek Leaves (optional)
- 1/4 Teaspoon Haldi / Turmeric Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1-2 Tablespoons Oil
Step By Step Instructions With Photos for Palak Paneer Recipe
Wash a bunch of spinach thoroughly and cook with 1/2 cup of water in a cooker for around 5 minutes. You can also blanch it in the microwave. Then set it aside and let it cool for sometime.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan and fry the cumin seeds till they start to crackle. Make a paste of ginger, garlic and green chillies. Finely chop or grate the onions. Add the onions and ginger, garlic & green chilli paste to the pan. Fry till they turn golden brown in color.
Add Red Chilli Powder, Garam Masala, Kasoori Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves), Haldi (Turmeric Powder) and Salt. Mix well and fry for 1 minute.
Add pureed or finely chopped tomatoes to the mixture.
Cook till the raw aroma of the tomatoes goes away and they start leaving oil on the sides.
When the spinach has cooled down, make a smooth puree and add it to the pan.
Mix it well with the gravy. Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add the diced Paneer cubes to the gravy and cook for a couple more minutes. Palak Paneer is ready. Serve it hot with any Indian Bread like Roti, Paratha, Naan, Missi Roti etc. or with rice.
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