Palak Paneer

I know that there are so many posts for this popular dish but I couldn't resist posting my version as well. It is well-loved at home and I think it's pretty healthy too... inspite of the paneer I have made this with collard greens as well and it still tasted good.



Paneer - 250 gms
Spinach (Palak) - 5 to 6 cups, cleaned
Onions - 2 medium, sliced into big pieces
Tomatoes - 1 medium, cut in big chunks
Garlic - 8 cloves, peeled
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Green Chillies - 2, slit vertically
Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1 to 2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 3 tsp
Salt to taste


1. Steam cook the spinach until wilted (if i'm really short on time I pressure cook it for 1 whistle). Allow it to cool a bit.

2. Heat a teaspoon of oil, sprinkle little salt and arrange cubes of paneer as a single layer. Toss and let both sides brown lightly. Remove Paneer when done and keep aside.

3. Heat another tsp of oil and saute garlic, sliced onions and tomatoes with little salt until soft. Allow this to cool as well and grind with the cooked spinach to a fine paste.

4. Heat the final tsp of oil and add cumin seeds, slit chillies, coriander and chilli powders and fry for just a second before adding the ground spinach paste with little water, if too thick. Season with salt and garam masala and allow it to boil. Keep covered or it will splatter all over.

5. After 5 minutes add the paneer pieces and cover again for another 5 to 10 minutes before switching off the stove.

We had this with Methi Paratha for dinner the other day.

I would like to send this for Richa's Punjabi Cuisine for this month's RCI which was originally thought of by Lakshmi . Thank you for the great idea Lakshmi and Thank you for hosting it Richa.


  1. Hi laavanya!
    your paneer looks sooooo good! that's a very good entry for the event!

  2. I don't fry my paneers. your version looks nice.

  3. Your Palak Paneer looks delish! I must try this with collard greens sometime.

  4. Delicious! Lot Palak Paneer for Punjab! Hurray!:))

  5. The ever favourite indeed! :) Looks lovely. :)

  6. with collard grens? gotta try that.

  7. Thanks Usha

    Sharmi, I don't feel good deep-frying paneer either so always pan-fry with little oil.

    Thank you Tee. Do try it.

    That's true Asha.. so many versions for 1 amazing dish.

    Thank you coffee.

    Yup Bee, do give it a try.

  8. aah! palak paneer, the classic :) i'm so glad to see this delicious dish, thanks!
    collard greens is a good idea.

  9. very nice entry....looks great


  10. everyone has their own recipe for making a particular dish. so more the better n dont think that its a common dish:) bring them on girl:)

  11. It looks so inviting, I also fry paneer, got it from mother....delicious entry

  12. You won't feel tired to see these kindof posts Laavanya. Your version looks neat and nice. Viji

  13. yummy laavanya... looks delicious!!


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