Palak Paneer –

Palak Paneer –

This is my phonetic way of spelling this dish – the common spelling is palak paneer  -this dish I know to be the absolute favorite Indian dish of most of my American friends – No matter how they pronounce it, palaak (paluck) paneer is always the Indian dish that is remembered of all. The problem with local Indian restaurants in America is they cream this dish to the hilt, making it heavy and fatty!  My promise to make all these heavy creamy items light stands good as I make this without any cream and perhaps 2 to 3 teaspoons of oil in all making it a very healthy and tasty dish.

We called the kids on our way back from the movies – watched Morning Glory – A fun movie with my all time fav- actress Rachel McAdams – The first question popping out is what’s for dinner – I had a block of paneer and I was thinking maybe dry peas and paneer with some dal – but as we talked plans evolved and before I knew it I was making paluck paneer :-) This is one of the easiest dished to make so let’s get to it, shall we? :-))


2 – 12 ounce packs of frozen spinach
1 pack of paneer
1/2 onion
1 can of diced tomatoes
I am giving you a pictorial view of all the spices and quantities used
3-4 green chilies
2 cloves of garlic
2 teaspoon Suvaiyana North Indian Garam Masala (or other)
10-15 pieces of broken and roasted cashews (optional)

Thaw out spinach in microwave and keep
In a frying pan, use a little turmeric in 1 teaspoon of oil along with 1 teaspoon of curry powder and add the paneer and gently fry to golden (use a non-stick pan)
Set aside in a bowl
Add the onions and the spices and fry – add about 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil now
Then add the tomatoes and let them all cook together
Add the spinach to the mix and let it simmer in the spices for about 4-5 minutes

Remove from flame – cool and grind the lot into a fine paste – Use warm water if necessary to wash out the any remaining sauce in the blender.
Pour back the sauce into a 5 quart pan – add the paneer and simmer in low heat for a couple of minutes –

Serve with store-bought naan :-)

The spices

Sauteeing the Paneer

dry roasting the spices

Add the onions

And the tomaatoes

preparing the spinach
Add all of the ingredients together
The cahsews

letting it simmer


Adding the Paneer and VOILA


Posted on

November 14, 2010


  1. Best palak paneer eva~!!

  2. going to try this when i get back! love the pictures!

  3. Priya, this is an excellent recipe. The best paneer dish! I made it with fresh spinach and it was truly spectacular. Thank you for all the photos… Helps non indians to understand the recipe better!!!


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