Palak Paneer-Saag Paneer


Palak Paneer-Saag Paneer

Paalak(Spinach) and Paneer(Cheese) curry
Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine North Indian
Servings 4 people



  • Wash the spinach, cut or tear them into big pieces.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a pan or a kadai.
  • SautT the spinach along with the green chillies for a few mins, until they are wilted.
  • Let the mixture cool down.
  • Meanwhile dry roast cashews lightly.
  • Puree the spinach along with coriander leaves, roasted cashews and salt into a smooth paste.
  • Blanch tomatoes and peel the skin.
  • :- Blanch - To plunge food, usually vegetables and fruits, into boiling water briefly, then into cold water to stop the cooking process. Blanching is done to firm the flesh, to loosen skins and to heighten and set color and flavor.
  • Puree the tomatoes along with onions, ginger, garlic and yogurt.
  • :- You can choose not to blanch the tomatoes and just puree them raw, with skin.
  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a pan.
  • SautT the above prepared tomato mixture for a while.
  • :- If your using kasoori methi it can be added now
  • Mix well and cook for about 5 mins.
  • Mix the prepared paneer into it and cook for a few min longer.
  • :- Serve hot with rice or any of the Indian breads.
  • :- I use either "Nanak" brand paneer or any brand of queso blanco (you can find it in any of the mexican stores or at costco). Queso blanco (queso = cheese; blanco = white) is paneer but most brands are salted..
  • :- I find it tastier if you don¦t fry paneer and it`s also healthier!
  • :- You can also substitute paneer with extra firm tofu.
  • :-As always play around with the spices to suit your mood!
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Response (16)
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    Ritu Sanjai March 30, 2009

    Its ben easy 4me to make this, i ve ben thinking quite sumtime on making palak paneer, THanks for the posting.V could also substitute POTATO for PANEER

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    Ravi R February 20, 2009

    Lekshmi, your receipes are fantastic. Palak Paneer is the best ever I had in my life… what more I made! I shared the palak paneer with all my Indian Colleagues and everyone loved it. You made me a better cook than my wife. Thank You

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    Rema Ganesh February 17, 2009

    Excellent Recipe!!!!!!!! My palak Paneer curry finished in 2 seconds…. Really yummy.

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    indianchef July 29, 2013

    Kids love it and I make it over and over again..

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