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Palak Paneer Recipe

Updated on April 23, 2013

Best Palak Paneer Recipes, Videos and more!

Palak Paneer is a traditional North Indian delicacy and is an integral part of the Punjabi cuisine. It is also one of my favourite dishes. Not just because I love both palak and paneer but also because it always transports me back to my younger days and images of Popeye the Sailor gulping down cans of Spinach(Palak) come screaming back to my memory.

This lens has my favourite Palak Paneer Recipe, videos and much more

Palak Paneer....what's that?

Palak = Spinach

Paneer = Indian Cheese


250 grams paneer

2 bunches of palak

3 medium sized onions (finely chopped)

2 medium size tomatoes (finely chopped) OR tomato puree as per convenience

2 green chillies (slit into half)

½ tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp red chilli powder

½ ginger paste

½ garlic paste

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp garam masala

½ tsp chana masala

1 tsp sugar

3 tbsp oil

Salt to taste

Cream for garnish


1. Cook the palak (spinach) for about 5 minutes in boiling water and grind it to fine paste after it is cold.

2. Cut the paneer into small cubes and deep fry in oil till light golden brown

3. Heat the oil in a Kadhai/non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds. Wait till it crackles and ensure that it does not burn. Add the chopped onions and green chillies and sauté till the onions are golden brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and sauté for another minute. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder and the chana masala powder and sauté for another 1-2 minutes. Then add the tomatoes/tomato puree and stir till the oil separates.

4. Add the palak paste to this mixture along with 1 cup water.(Tip: You can use the water used for cooking the spinach)

5. Add the paneer, garam masala, sugar and salt and cook till you start to see the gravy bubbling. If the gravy seems a bit dry, you can add some more water.

4. Garnish with some cream in the end

What is Paneer

Learn more of about this delicious indian lacto-vegetarian protein source

Paneer is the most common South Asian and Persian cheese. It is an unaged, acid-set, non-melting farmer cheese made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice or other food acid. The process is similar to queso blanco, except that paneer does not have salt added. Paneer is very closely linked to the Turkish Beyaz peynir which is also strained and squeezed the same way.

Most varieties of paneer are simply pressed into a cube and then sliced or chopped, although the Eastern Indian variety (known as sanaa in Assamese chhana in Bengali and chhena in Oriya) is beaten or kneaded like mozzarella, and crumbles more easily than the North Indian variant of paneer. Paneer is one of the few types of cheese indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, and is widely used in Indian cuisine and even some Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cuisine. Unlike most cheeses in the world, the making of paneer does not involve rennet (which may be derived from animal, plant, fungal, and microbial sources) as the coagulation agent. Paneer is completely lacto-vegetarian. Paneer is a source of protein for Hindu vegetarians.

You can serve paneer chopped into cubes and fried with spinach and many other ingredients such as garlic and onions. This is called Saag Paneer in the languages of the many countries of Asia.

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Delicious Palak Paneer

Delicious Palak Paneer
Delicious Palak Paneer

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      5 years ago

      Yours looks delicious. I do not think I have tasted it .

    • about-pomeranian profile image


      5 years ago

      Nice recipe. I love palak-paneer with lachchha parantha

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      6 years ago

      Yum yum!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This looks great. I love palak paneer.

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      6 years ago

      nice lens

    • IssacAlouf profile image


      6 years ago

      never heard of this before, but it looks delicious

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      6 years ago

      Yum Yum... I'll have to try this.

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      biggking lm 

      7 years ago

      my goodness this looks delicious!

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      7 years ago

      Tandoori roti and palak paneer is my favorite dish

    • microfarmproject profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for posting!

    • jballs6 profile image


      7 years ago

      great lens spinach paneer is my favorite

    • MelonyVaughan profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I like trying out new recipes. I will definitely try making this! Thank you.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens, thanks.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens, Laddoo! Congrats on the awards too :)

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      Titia Geertman 

      7 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Well at least I like spinach very much and cheese, so I think I will like Palak Paneer too.

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      7 years ago

      Am not much of a cook but I love to eat LOL. Indian food is one my favorites.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Sounds very tasty to me. I like to be adventurous in learning about new flavors, and you've given me a wonderful incentive.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have never made palak paneer, not being much of a spinach fan, but I should try it. I love Indian food and have in fact made my own paneer a couple of times! We were in Leicester yesterday for Diwali and had a delicious thali meal. Always an inspiration to get cooking with the spices (and eat too much) :D

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      Shivani09 LM 

      7 years ago

      Great lens! I love palak paneer!

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      Lisa Musser 

      7 years ago from Kansa, USA

      Great recipe for Paneer, I have made this at home following her videos. And I have watched the Vah Chef videos and I love some of the recipes he makes too. Great examples!

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      whiteskyline lm 

      7 years ago

      I forgot about this. I always get this at Trader Joe's, and never thought about looking for the recipe, thank you for putting this up, and I bookmarked it, for I see you have a few reciped of foods I love.

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      This is a yummy lens :)

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      7 years ago

      Thanks again for the great lens.

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      7 years ago from Sweden

      Wonderful lens. Easy to follow and like.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      I can't wait to try this! Sounds so yummy.


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      Melissa Banigan 

      7 years ago

      Looks delicious! Definitely will give it a try.

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      gypsyman27 lm 

      8 years ago

      I will make this recipe tomorrow, as a side dish for Sunday dinner! Spinach has so many health benefits and is delicious if prepared properly. See you around the galaxy...

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      8 years ago

      This sounds like it would be interesting! I love spinach!

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      8 years ago

      This does sound very different but nice for a change. It's another Road Trip for the SquidAngels. I stopped by to leave this Memorial Day Weekend blessing from a SquidAngel.

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      8 years ago

      I'm going to try this !! - excellent lens!

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      8 years ago

      sounds interesting enough to try!

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      8 years ago

      This is a yummy dish , goes well with roti and naan , favorites of many people .

    • Angelina Gherna profile image


      8 years ago from California

      great to finally learn how to make this after years of ordering it :)

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      8 years ago

      great recipe

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      8 years ago

      thank you for sharing this yummy lens! cheers

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      8 years ago

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Yummy! I love palak paneer. I never thought about making it myself. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      The recipe is really good. I am also a cook by inclination. Do visit my lenses and give your opinion....:)

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      8 years ago

      Thank you

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      superbob17 lm 

      8 years ago

      Great lens. I have wondered how to make Paneer.

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      8 years ago

      Interesting, I need to try :)

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      jojokaya lm 

      8 years ago

      Look delicious

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      8 years ago

      I've tried this before at an Indian restaurant -- it's really good! When the mood strikes me, I just might make it at home :)


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      8 years ago

      new to me!

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      JVandewalker LM 

      8 years ago

      I have never tried Palak Paneer, but I like spinach dip and Indian food. Seems like a perfect combination to me!

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      8 years ago delicious!

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      8 years ago

      It's so good for you - and tastes delicious!

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      Jhangora LM 

      8 years ago

      I like matar paneer better. Palak Paneer is ok too.

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      8 years ago

      Love spinach and love paneer - but was always reluctnat to cook it after a trip to India a few years ago - but think i'll give it a try now - and I'll come back and let you know how I get on!

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      Diana Grant 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      This looks lovely - I will keep the recipe for later use, as I have a packet of paneer in my fridge. I've tried muttar paneer (made with paneer and green peas), which I love, but never the spinach one.

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      8 years ago

      Very yummy lens Laddoo! Congrat on your recent selection to be a SquidAngel! ~ Colleen :)

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      8 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Looks delicious. Kind of tough to get the ingredients (and I'm not much of a cook anyway) so I think I'll try to find this in a restaurant. Know a good place that serves this in Tokyo?

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      8 years ago

      Great Info !!!

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      Cynthia Arre 

      8 years ago from Quezon City

      I love Indian food but I've never heard of Palak Paneer! Thank you for the introduction. I shall attempt to make this at home.

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      8 years ago

      Spinach is a yes and no dish with me. Love it in pizza and as a pelaw. I have to be in the mood to eat it though.

    • The-Java-Gal profile image


      8 years ago

      I have eaten packaged Palak Paneer, and enjoyed it, but I bet fresh tastes so much better. I love Indian cuisine, and even more since I discovered all the spices used are actually powerful nutrients for the brain. I will be checking out your other recipes. Great lens.

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      8 years ago

      Oh, wow! This Palak Paneer looks really good and this lens is making me hungry!

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      8 years ago

      I love Indian food, but I don't think I've had Palak Paneer yet. Tasty looking though!

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      Anthony Godinho 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Palak Paneer is definitely one of top north Indian dishes and I quite like it. It's been a while since I've had it.

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      one dental 

      8 years ago

      Yummy! This is my healthy eating lens: [url=]Practical Healthy Eating Tips[/url]

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      8 years ago

      oh wow, these are super cool. great lens!

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      8 years ago

      world best fruit juice monavie

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      8 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I love Palak Paneer. I have lensrolled this to my Asafoetida lens:

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      9 years ago from London, UK

      Haven't tried palak paneer as I don't like cooked spinach, but I do like muttar paneer.

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      9 years ago

      Looks wonderful, I would love to try the recipe for palak paneer.

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      9 years ago

      First off we have very similar interests Sherlock Holmes and Indian food! I'm giving you 5 stars not only for a great lens but also for having great taste.

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      9 years ago

      If you featured this on your lens then it must be really GOOD! I would love to try it. I have never had a Palak Paneer before. Great lens!

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      9 years ago

      Spinach is a favorite vegetable, and I especially like spicy dishes like spinach paneer.

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      9 years ago

      It's one recipe which brings water in my mouth even tough I am not hungry!

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      9 years ago

      Hey nice lens, I love Indian food. Lensrolled! Stay in touch.

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      9 years ago

      Wow awesome recipe

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      lasertek lm 

      9 years ago

      Wow! Here's one recipe worth tasting. Hope I could make a Palak Paneer treat as mouthwatering as the pictures on this lens. 5*

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      Addy Bell 

      9 years ago

      I love palak paneer, and I'd always wondered why the cheese doesn't melt. Now I know!

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      9 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      Your Palak Paneer is a little different to mine but sounds very tasty. I lensrolled it to my Asafoetida lens.

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      9 years ago

      This is my kind of recipe. I love to make creamed spinach, but it gets boring after awhile. I'm featuring your gorgeous lens on my Squid Angel Diary this week.

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      9 years ago

      Welcome to the Delicious Vegetarian Recipes Headquarters!

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      10 years ago

      Nice mouth watering lens.

      I love spinach

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      10 years ago

      Great - the panir like cheese is also known in Hungary ! I adore Indian cuisine !

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to the Culinary Favorites From A to Z group. Don’t forget to come back and add your lens to the link list so that it will appear on the group page!

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      Jimmie Quick 

      10 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Oh my word! That bright green color is screaming great taste and nutrition!

      Welcome to the Asian Foods group. Your lens is now featured there.

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      10 years ago from Montreal

      Yum, looks good, I'll take one to go please!

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      10 years ago

      It's really a delicious lens. I think you are Great cook. 5* to you.

      I am expecting more lenses like this from you.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      10 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I've never had this dish...but you made me want to try it.

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      Jeff Wendland 

      10 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      I love this stuff


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