Palak Paneer | Punjabi Palak Paneer Recipe

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer Recipe
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Palak Paneer Recipe

Palak Paneer - Indian cottage cheese in smooth creamy delicious spinach gravy, is a delicious Indian dish, favorite across north India. A healthy green colored cottage cheese curry recipe served mainly with Indian breads like roti, paratha, nan and missi roti.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: North Indian, Punjabi
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 370kcal
Author: Punam Paul


for Puree

  • 250 grams spinach (पालक का साग )
  • 2 pieces chopped green chili (कटा हुआ हरी मिर्च)
  • 2 pieces chopped garlic cloves (कटा हुआ लहसुन का लौंग)
  • 1/2 inch finely chopped ginger (बारीक़ कटा हुआ अदरक)
  • 3 cups water (पानी) for blanching
  • 3 cups cold water (ठंडा पानी) for ice bath

ingredients for Palak Paneer

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (कटा हुआ प्याज)
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato (कटा हुआ टमाटर)
  • 4 pieces chopped garlic cloves (कटा हुआ लहसुन का लौंग)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (जीरा)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (हल्दी पाउडर)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder (लाल मिर्च पाउडर)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder (धनिया पाउडर) (optional)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida powder (हींग पाउडर)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder (गरम मसाला पाउडर)
  • 1 piece bay leaf (तेज पत्ता)
  • 1 Pinch sugar (चीनी) (optional)
  • 250 grams Indian cottage cheese (पनीर) cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup water (पानी) or add as required
  • 2-3 tablespoon oil (तेल)
  • 1 teaspoon dry fenugreek leaves (कसूरी मेथी)
  • salt to taste (नमक स्वाद अनुसार)

garnish for palak paneer recipe

  • 2 tablespoon fresh cream (ताजा क्रीम)


Preparation for palak paneer recipe

  • Remove spinach leaves from stem (tender stems are fine but if stems are stringy, then discard those stems) and wash leaves very well in running water.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed wok; add 1 tablespoon of oil and butter to it and lightly to fry the cottage cheese cubes till brown and keep it aside.

How to make palak puree

  • Take 3 cups of water in a pan and add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to it, when it starts to boil, then add spinach. Let it sit in water for 1 minute.
  • After 1 minute switch off the stove and drain the hot water.
  • Now, remove the spinach from pan and immediately add to a bowl containing ice cold water (this method help in preserving natural green color of spinach) and allow spinach leaves to cool down.
  • Now, drain the ice cold water from spinach leaves.
  • Blend the spinach in a blender along with chopped ginger, garlic and green chilies to make a thick spinach paste and keep the spinach puree aside.

How to make palak paneer

  • Heat a heavy bottomed wok in low flame then add oil or butter to it, when the oil gets hot add cumin seed.
  • When a cumin seed starts to crackle add bay leaves, then add chopped onion and saute till the onions become golden.
  • Then add chopped garlic cloves and again saute till raw aroma of garlic goes away. 
  • Now, add the chopped tomato and let it cook for 5-6 minute on medium heat stirring the mixture till tomatoes gets soften.
  • Once the tomatoes get softened and you see fat getting released from the mixture add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and asafoetida powder stir very well.
  • Now, add spinach paste mix well, add 1/2 cup of water stirring the mixture and let it simmer further for another 5 minute or more till spinach gets cooked season with salt, the puree will also get thicken by now.
  • Add 1 pinch of sugar to remove bitter taste of spinach. Stir and add garam masala powder.
  • Stir again then add the fried pieces of cottage cheese and mix it well. Cover and cook on low flame for 6-7 minute.
  • When you will see the cottage cheese cubes became soft and succulent. Cook for about 1 more minute.
  • Take it out in a serving bowl and garnish with fresh cream.


  • Serve hot with chapati, paratha, nan or steamed rice.
Punam Paul

Punam Paul

Punam Paul is Indian chef with passion to cook and serve Indian food both vegetarian and non-vegetarian with love. She has been school teacher who quit a 8-years-old job and founded the cooking website,

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