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Palak Paneer Recipe

Palak paneer is a popular north Indian recipe cooked using spinach and fresh cottage cheese. Learn how to make easy palak paneer.


1 kg spinach 
250 gms of cottage cheese (cut cubes and lightly fried till brown in a tsp of clarified butter) 
1 tsp cumin seed 
3 to 4 bay leaf 
4 tomatoes (blanched in hot water, peeled and pureed) 
2 onions 
1 inch piece of ginger 
7-8 garlic flakes 
2 green chili 
Pinch of sugar granules 
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp turmeric powder 
3/4 tsp red chili powder 
1/2 tsp coriander powder 
3/4 tsp garam masala 
3/4 tsp dry mango powder 
3 tsp oil 
1 tsp butter 
1 tsp fresh cream 

How to make easy palak paneer:

  • Remove spinach leaves from stem and wash leaves well.
  • Take 2 glasses of water when it starts to boil, then add spinach, onions, green chili, garlic and ginger with a pinch of sugar granules to it. Let it boil for 10-15 minutes.
  • Switch of the heat and let the spinach cool down.
  • Blend the spinach mixer in a blender and make a thick spinach paste.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed wok; add oil and butter to it, when the oil is hot add cumin seed and bay leaves. When a cumin seed starts to crackle add the tomato paste and let it cook for 5-6 minute on medium heat. Then add spinach paste along with spices like turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala and dry mango powder; let it cook further for another 5 minute.
  • Add the fried pieces of cottage cheese and mix it well. Cook and cover on low heat for 4-5 minute.
  • Take it out in a serving bowl and garnish with fresh cream.
  • Serve hot with rotis or steamed rice.