Palak paneer, is a North Indian Dish consisting of spinach and panner (Indian cottage cheese) in a thick sauce/ curry based on pureed spinach. It is a popular vegetarian delicacy prepared in spinach creamy sauce.

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Spinach/ Palak, chopped- 250 grams
Paneer, cubed- 150 grams
Onion, chopped -1 medium
Tomatoes, chopped -2 medium
Ginger, chopped- ½ inch
Garlic, chopped-2 cloves big
Green chillies, chopped-2-3
Garam masala- ½ teaspoon
Milk- ½ cup
Oil- 4 teaspoons
Salt – to taste


  • In a pan add the chopped spinach leaves and sprinkle little water. Cook this in a medium flame till the leaves started to wilt and cook and volume also reduced for about 3-5 minutes. 
  • Allow to cool and set aside.
  • Shallow fry the paneer in a teaspoon of oil and keep aside (optional)
  • Now add the onion, ginger, garlic in a blender and make as a fine paste. Set aside
  • Add tomatoes in the blender, puree it and set aside.
  • Now add the above spinach and green chillies to grind as a smooth paste. Set aside.

  • Heat oil in a pan and brown the onion ginger garlic paste then add the tomato paste and allow to cook till oil separates on top.
  • Now add the spinach paste and salt, cook till the raw greens smell leaves (colour should not turn to dull green)
  • Add the garam masala  and milk and simmer for about two minutes by constant stirring.
  •  Add the paneer into the spinach gravy and allow to cook for a minute.

  • Note: The milk should not be cold while adding.
  • To get more flavor Kasoori methi can be added while paneer is added in the gravy.
  • This dish also can be prepared using mustard leaves.
  • Paneer can be replaced with tofu in this gravy to make this dish more healthy.