Palak Paneer is a breeze to make – the sauce is made from frozen spinach and literally gets done in a blender! I usually alternate between this vegetarian version, a vegan option of Palak Tofu and one with Chicken, depending who’s coming to dinner and what other dishes I have planned out.
This recipe for Palak Paneer (Paneer with Spinach) was created in partnership with Nanak Foods. All opinions, as always, are my own. I only write about and recommend products I use and love myself.
If there is ONE green vegetable we can’t get enough of in this house, then that would have to be, hands down, spinach! Spinach is something that finds its way into my shopping cart week after week – be it in the form of fresh baby leaves in a bag or as a frozen block. I add it to my salads, sandwiches, omelettes, simmer it in my Dal, and relish it in a million other ways. But our absolute favourite way to eat spinach – and honestly, I make this at least a few times every month, is Palak Paneer.
Other substitutions for Palak Paneer:
I love adding a dish of Palak Panner to my dinner party menu for that added punch of green amongst all the yellow and red that usually dominates an Indian dining table. I usually alternate between this vegetarian version, a vegan option of Palak Tofu and one with Chicken, depending who’s coming to dinner and what other dishes I have planned out.
Every so often, when all the paneer, tofu or chicken in the dish gets over and we’re still left with the delicately spiced delicious green sauce, I love adding in some frozen corn and giving it a whole new identity. Which is not to say that you have to wait for the sauce to be leftover! By all means, skip the paneer altogether and add in some frozen corn kernels to make a delicious bowl of Corn Palak instead. It’s a delight either way.
Palak Paneer from frozen spinach:
I normally prefer making this Palak Paneer recipe using frozen spinach. This is mainly because you’ll need a truckload of fresh leaves to get even a tiny bit of cooked down, blended puree. Also, using frozen spinach is super easy and saves me the time from steaming the fresh leaves before pureeing them. But if you’re up for it, then go ahead. Either way, you’ll have lip-smacking dinner waiting for you!
Palak Paneer (Paneer with Spinach)
- 2 tbsp light cooking oil
- 400 gms paneer cut into 1-inch sized cubes
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
- 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1/4 tsp garam masala
- salt to taste
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 large tomato finely chopped
- 300-400 gms frozen spinach thawed and pureed
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt beaten till smooth
- water as needed
- Heat about a tablespoon of oil in a non-stick pan, and fry the paneer pieces in batches till lightly browned on all sides. Remove from heat and keep aside.
- Heat the remaining oil in the same pan and add in cumin seeds. Once they start to sizzle, add in the onions, ginger and garlic.
- Fry the onions, ginger and garlic till fragrant and lightly browned. Add in the spices, salt and tomato paste, and fry for a few seconds till mixed well.
- Mix in chopped tomatoes and cook till it begins to soften and pulp.
- Slowly stir in the spinach puree and cook covered on low heat for 4-5 minutes till it starts to bubble. Add in the beaten yogurt, stirring well to blend in.
- Add in the fried paneer pieces and let it cook for another 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, till the sauce starts to bubble. Add in some water if you’d like a thinner consistency and let it come to a quick boil.
- Serve warm over some rice or with a side of warm Naan.
NOTE: For a vegan version, substitute paneer with firm tofu and use dairy-free yogurt instead.
This post was originally published in January 2014 and has been recently updated.
If you enjoyed this recipe, you will surely like my Palak Egg Curry, Saag Chicken and Palak Chicken Masala recipe as well.
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om kumar says
Lovely recipe. I have tried many many of your recipes and they all turn out lovely! My kids used to love only restaurant North Indian dishes. Being a South Indian, I could never capture that. But with your recipes, my kids are enjoying home food ? Thank you!!
This recipe is so easy to follow and quick to make. It will surely become a favourite in our quick dinner rolodex, along with your matar paneer recipe. I love that these dishes are jam-packed with flavor and take hardly any time to make. I can’t wait to try more of your paneer recipes!
Leilani Smith says
I love your blog! Your recipes are very nice and easy to follow. I made this recipe today and it tasted exactly like the one I eat at my favourite restaurant. Now I can just make it at home and avoid getting takeout – and super simple too!
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The picture looks very tempting and makes me obsessed with trying it out soon.
I have just ordered all the ingredients from an online supermarket and will be doing it soon.
Thanks for the recipe.