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Palak Paneer Recipe, Palak Paneer Sabji, How To Make Palak Paneer Recipe

Spinach cooked with Indian cheese. Palak Paneer is a popular vegetarian delicacy made of spinach and paneer (a non melting Indian cheese) cooked in a saucy tomato and onion gravy with aromatic Indian spices.

Palak Paneer is a traditional North Indian delicacy and an integral part of the Punjabi cuisine. It is also one of the favorite dishes to many especially the kids coz the influence of Popeye the Sailor gulping cans o... Read More..

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How to make Palak Paneer

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Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
25 mins
Total time
35 mins
Palak Paneer
Author : Vahchef
Main Ingredient : Spinach
Servings : 4 persons
Published date : December 29, 2018

Ingredients used in Palak Paneer
• Palak - 5 bunch.
• Onion (chopped) - 1 number.
• Green chilies (chopped) - 2 number.
• Red chilli powder - 1/2 tea spoon.
• Ginger garlic paste - 1 tablespoon.
• Tomato (chopped) - 1 number.
• Salt - to taste.
• Coriander powder - 1 tea spoon.
• Cumin powder - 1 tea spoon.
• Dry garam masalas (4 cinnamon stick, 7 cloves,4 cardamom) - 2 numbers.
• Cream fresh - 1 tablespoon.
• Fenugreek leaves powder - 1 tea spoon.
• Garlic - 5 numbers.
• Turmeric powder - 1/4 tea spoon.
• Paneer (chopped) - 250 grams.
• Cumin seeds - 1 tea spoon.
• Garlic (chopped) - 3 clove.
  • Clean and wash spinach and immerse in boiling water for 2 minutes.
  • Mash it witha mixer or some prefer to chop and use.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan, add whole garam masala, cumin seeds, chopped garlic (optional).
  • Now add onions, a pinch of salt and fry until golden brown then add turmeric and ginger garlic paste, saute it. Add chopped tomatoes, mix it tilltomatoes are mashed up, later add all spices ( coriander powder, cumin powder), fenugreek leaves powder,chopped green chillies, and red chilli powder.
  • Now add the spinach (palak) and cook till it oozes out oil. Cut paneer into pieces. (some use it fried) if you have fresh paneer just add.
  • Add paneer pieces to the gravy and simmer in for few minutes.
  • Top with a little cream ( optional) and serve it.

Cooking with images Palak Rassa , Spinach rasdar, Palak Paneer saaru


Palak Paneer is a traditional North Indian delicacy and an integral part of the Punjabi cuisine. It is also one of the favorite dishes to many especially the kids coz the influence of Popeye the Sailor gulping cans of Spinach and acquiring tonnes of super energy. It’s a nice way of feeding nutritious dishes to kids who do not eat a proper balanced diet.
Palak Paneer is an Indian gravy based curry made of spinach and paneer (a non melting Indian cheese) in a tomato and onion gravy with Indian spices. It’s a very popular vegetariandelicacy. The dish looks very appetizing due to the combination of its natural green and white colors of the spinach and paneer.
This dish is mildly flavored and not a very spicy curry. Normally in the state of Punjab, Palak paneer is a speciality dish in most of the dhabas. Palak paneer is served with hot Indian flat breads accompanied with a glass of Lassi.
Anyways Palak paneer is truly a guilt free, satisfying well balanced delicious dish.
Spinach is a versatile vegetable. Spinach works well when combined with most or any type of cuisine whether you’re adding it to dal, pasta, stir-frys, curries, noodles, quesadillas,pizza… etc, the culinary possibilities are virtually endless.
Spinach is very healthy, nutritious and full of antioxidants. It’s also high in iron, vitamins A & C and even calcium. Preparing the Palak paneer is quiet very simple. In a large pot of boiling water, blanch the spinach leaves for just a minute or two. Remove, drain well in a colander and run under cold water. This will stop the cooking process and also set their lovely green color.
Do not cover the vessel while boiling the spinach or else you will lose the fresh green color of spinach. Using a food processor or blender, puree the spinach into a smooth paste. Do not over blend otherwise you may end up with spinach juice. In a large pan over medium medium heat, add about 1 tbsp of the oil add whole garam masala (cardamom, clove and cinnamon),cumin seeds, chopped garlic and onions and sauté till the onions turn golden color.
Add little salt and mix. Once the onions turn brown add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and mix. Add chopped tomatoes and mix well. Allow to cook on medium flame till the tomatoesare mashed completely. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, crushed fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi), chopped green chillies and mix.
Add the palak puree and cook well till it releases oil. Lastly add the paneer cubes and little freshly grated nutmeg and mix well. Add cream to give extra richness and taste to the dish (cream can be optional for dieters). The palak paneer is ready. Serve with fresh rotis and fragnant Basmati rice.
Palak Paneer (gravy) has always been a favourite among all the paneer lovers, not only for the great taste it holds, but also for the nutritional components present in it. Palak Paneer is an entirely “Green” dish, as it contains a whole lot of Palak (green leafy vegetable) which is highly recommended for a good health. It then contains the famous “Paneer” which is loved by most people.


How to make Paneer at home for palak Paneer:

Paneer is a lot easier than other cheese to make at home. It takes only few hours for all procedure and just two ingredients- To make yummy paneer boil milk and an acid (lemon juice or vinegar) is added, add producing into lumps and greenish whey are separated. Paneer are simply pressed into a cube after which sliced up or chopped or grated.



Indian cheese (paneer) is a rich supply of calcium. This can help in building strong teeth and bones. Paneer provides the health advantage of protecting against osteoporosis, that is a problem of old age.  Ladies who have accomplished menopause and men above 65 years of age should make it a rule to add it in their diet to obtain 25% of calcium through food.


Paneer taken in moderation may help in reduce weight. It's good to remember that lots of people who want to lose weight, include Indian cheese or paneer in their diet plan. Paneer also provides the benefits of reducing the development of insulin resistance syndrome. Hence it's all about dealing with the issue of insulin dependent diabetes.


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Posted on Thu Jul 02 2020

they added a subtle sweetness. I did not add nutmeg or cream but I did put my spinach in ice water to cool before blending. I liked the deep green and texture. Thank you Sanjay, after watching the Vahchef for years now, I think I finally getting to b

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Posted on Thu Jul 02 2020

Did it again last night for my wife and daughter. Used a bit more cumin and coriander like the chef and it was well-received by all. I had some fresh carrots so I shredded about a 1/2 cup and added that along with the onions. It was not obvious but

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vijayalaxmi l Posted on Wed Feb 18 2015

Wow !!tried the recepie ..turned out to b just like restaurant style pal paneer !! hubby loved it too!! Tastes delicious with ghee over plain parathas accompanied with delicious palak paneer :) thankyou fr such an easy delivious recepie.

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Jeevanandam A Posted on Wed Mar 04 2015

sometimes they saute the paneer in ghee/butter/oil before adding to the spinach/masala gravy. This way paneer does not crumble and go into dust instead of remaining shapely cube. I too prefer this way. Anyway Chef's learned words would prevail if

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Hassan Arshad Posted on Wed Mar 04 2015

I made it today and I really like it. it was so simple and easy to make keep uploading such videos it's very help ful for those who living away from home and don't know how to cook thanks brother ?

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ChacieWhat Posted on Wed Mar 18 2015

As an American having lived in India, this girl is an embarrassment. She just feeds the stereotype that all white American girls are easy. :-/. But!!! This recipe is awesome!!!! Thanks for posting!!!?

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Synthusiast Posted on Sun Mar 22 2015

Food is seducing her?

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Shahnawaz Ali Posted on Thu Mar 26 2015

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Venus Love Posted on Wed Apr 01 2015

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shireen fatima Posted on Mon Apr 06 2015

No reply chef, m so upset...?

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haya fathima Posted on Fri Apr 10 2015

Dear Sanjay ,You have been a great inspiration for me and I have been trying out a lot of your recipes. You're really interesting to watch haha , because the way you cook makes anyone wana try it themselves . I'm a passionate cook myself and

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balachandran sham Posted on Tue Apr 14 2015

chef where  u hold  that girl she looking super........?

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