Recipe : Palak Paneer/Indian cottage cheese in Spinach Gravy

Priya Joshi | Feb 27, 2015 | Be the first to comment!

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Hello Foodies,

Here is my another recipe which is originally from Punjab -state of India, but now a days very famous in all over the country. That is Palak Pander.
Palak Paneer is a dish consisting of Spinach and cottage cheese in a thick curry sauce based on spinach puree. This popular vegetarian dish is a type of Saag which can be made with Mustard leaves.

So here are the ingredients,


  • Palak/spinach - 1 bunch
  • Paneer/cottage cheese - around 150 gm 
  • Green chili -2-3
  • Garlic cloves -5-6 
  • Ginger paste - 1 tbsp
  • Onion - 1 medium size
  • Tomato - 1 medium size
  • Fresh cream - 3 tbsp
  • Oil - 2 and 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Garam masala - a pinch
  • Water - 4-5 cups (for boiling leaves)
  • Haldi/turmaric powder - 1/2tsp
  • Red chili powder - 1tsp
  1. First , in a deep vessel add water and washed spinach leaves and blanch them for 4-5 mins.after that remove flame and drain leaves and immediately pour cold water on spinach leaves.
  2. In a mixture jar,add onion,tomato,ginger,garlic and green chili.crush them finely( smooth paste).
  3. In another mixture jar,Blend spinach leaves to a smooth puree.
  4. Now heat oil in pan. Add onion tomato paste and saute it till gravy leaves oil in pan.
  5. Add red chili powder,turmaric powder,salt and mix it very well.
  6. Now,add spinach puree and mix well.
  7. Cook this gravy for 2 mins. Mean while boil water in another pan and add paneer cubes into boiling water.leave pander cubes in water for 1 mins.( DO NOT LEAVE CUBES MORE THAN 1 MIN) and drain it
  8. Add paneer cubes in spinach gravy,add garam masala and fresh cream .mix them well.
  9. Serve hot with Roti,Naan also taste great with Cheesy Palak Paratha

  • In 7th step I mentioned one small process of paneer,leaving paneer in boiling water for a minute makes paneer soft and white.
  • In this recipe I use Homamde fresh cream for creamy can replace cream with cashewnut and melon seed paste.
  • You can avoid onion and tomato puree.if you don't want to use onion and tomato gravy,use only ginger,garlic and green chili paste. It tastes good...
  • DO NOT OVER COOK SPINACH ,as overcooking not only affect the bright green color of leaves but also the taste.

Happy cooking.....bye bye...........

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