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best papal paneer served with naan
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Palak Paneer- Spinach With Indian Cottage Cheese

Easy and best palak paneer a popular paneer curry where soft paneer cubes are simmered in smooth spinach sauce. Best served with naan bread. Vegetarian & gluten free
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: palak paneer
Servings: 3
Calories: 479kcal
Author: Harini


  • 6 cups spinach leaves Palak, tightly packed, fresh and tender
  • water to blanch spinach as needed
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 inch ginger piece peeled
  • 2 green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons butter or oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion 1 big
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes 1 small
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups paneer cubed
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cream or cashew paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Separate the palak leaves from the bunch and wash thoroughly to get rid of any dirt or mud. Chop the onion and tomatoes finely. Peel and crush the garlic cloves finely. Bring plenty of water to a rolling boil in big vessel. To the boiling water now add 1/2 teaspoon sugar and mix well. Also add washed spinach and blanch them for 2-3 minutes.
    Easy palak paneer recipe steps
  • Once the leaves are blanched wash the palak leaves in cold running water. Allow them to cool for few minutes. Now grind the blanched leaves to a smooth puree along with green chilies and ginger. You can also add few garlic cloves.
    Easy palak paneer recipe steps
  • Heat oil or butter if you like in a thick bottomed pan. Add the bay leaf and saute for 2 minutes. Next add the crushed garlic and chopped onions. Saute them till the onion changes color slightly.
    Easy palak paneer recipe steps
  • Now add chopped tomatoes and saute well till the tomatoes turn mushy.
    Easy palak paneer recipe steps
  • Now add spinach puree and mix well. Add 1/4 cup water.
    Easy palak paneer recipe steps
  • Also add the salt, chili powder, garam masala powder and sugar.
  • Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes in medium heat.
  • Now add paneer cubes and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
    Easy palak paneer recipe steps
  • Add fresh cream, mix well. Add lemon juice and mix.
    Easy palak paneer recipe steps
  • Serve palak paneer curry hot with naan or roti. This curry goes well with jeera rice also.
    best papal paneer served with naan



  • You can double the recipe.
  • Use tender spinach  else they tend to be bitter.
  • If you prefer a smoother gravy you can puree the sauteed onion tomatoes too. Once pureed, return to the pan and cook till oil separates.


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 438mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5772IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 805mg | Iron: 3mg