Palak Paneer, Easy Palak Paneer recipe, Spinach in Paneer

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Palak Paneer recipe. Easy Palak Paneer recipe that is made with only 6 ingredients and absolutely healthy. Recipe with step by step pictures and video

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This recipe for palak paneer is based on my mom’s keerai masiyal / spinach mash. The secret to her spinach mash is that she uses copious amounts of garlic and onion. We call it as rakkiri. The garlic and onions when roasted become slightly sweet and pairs so well when combined with spinach. This is the perfect palak paneer recipe for beginners as there are only 6 ingredients in the recipe and this palak paneer recipe can be put together in under 15 minutes if you have all the ingredients prepped and ready. If you are in a hurry, use store bought peeled garlic. This recipe is way better than any restaurant style palak paneer if I say so myself. If you are vegan, you can replace the paneer for firm Tofu.

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Polypropylene Chopping Board
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Silicone Spatula
High-End Nakiri Knife
Glass Mixing Bowls (500 ml)
Carbon Steel Knife
Measuring Spoons
Indian Mixie
Frying Pan with wooden handle

Here is the video of how to make Palak Paneer at home from scratch. Palak Paneer recipe Video

Here is the step by step pictorial and explanation of how to make palak paneer recipe at home.
Here is what you will need for making Palak Paneer Recipe

Just six ingredients for making this home style palak paneer recipe. Salt is not counted as in ingredient. This recipe for palak paneer does not use butter, malai or cream and is an extremely healthy recipe.
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Heat coconut oil in a pan and add in the garlic. I like to use coconut oil for making this Palak Paneer recipe. If you do not like the flavour of coconut oil, use any vegetable oil. Add in two whole pods of garlic. I know it looks like a lot of garlic, but believe me, it adds a lot of flavour to this recipe.
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Add in the roughly chopped onions. We will be using about two cups of onions for this recipe. Again, it looks like a lot of onions but the roasted onions add to the aroma and flavour to the recipe.
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Add in the salt. Add a little less as spinach when wilted will be nothing. We can adjust the seasoning in the palak paneer recipe later if need be.
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Add in the green chillies. If you do not want a spicy palak paneer, remove the seeds from the chillies and add only the skin. The spicy heat is in the seeds. The skin has a lot of flavour. You can up the green chillies if you like your Palak Paneer spicy restaurant style.
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Saute the veggies on a medium flame for a good ten minutes till the onions are soft and slightly golden and the garlic is slightly roasted and brown. Its really essential that the onions are properly cooked as the taste of the palak paneer dish depends on how well the garlic and the onions are cooked.
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Add in the washed and cleaned spinach leaves / palak leaves. I do not chop the leaves and I add in the leaves along with the stem. Unlike other greens the stem is not very hard and fibrous. Palak stem is very tasty.
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Add in a little water so the steam will help to wilt the spinach quickly and the onions wont scorch at the bottom.
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Cook for 3-4 minutes till the spinach is completely wilted. Do not cook for long. Cooking for long will make the greens lose colour.
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Remove from heat and set aside to cool a bit.
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Grind the spinach / palak mixture to a smooth puree. Do not add any water while grinding.
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The paneer prep
Heat oil in a pan and add in the diced paneer.
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Sprinkle a little salt and roast the paneer cubes to golden on all sides.
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Add it to the spinach puree.
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Garnish the Palak Paneer with some chopped green chillies and serve hot with roti / paratha. Amazing Palak Paneer is ready.
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Palak Paneer, Easy Palak Paneer recipe, Spinach in Paneer

Palak Paneer recipe. Easy Palak Paneer recipe that is made with only 6 ingredients and absolutely healthy. Recipe with step by step pictures and video

  • Total Time: 25m
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale

Main Ingredients for making home style palak paneer recipe

  • 2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 whole pods of garlic
  • 2 cups onions, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 green chillies
  • 250 grams palak leaves / spinach leaves

Paneer Prep for making Palak Paneer

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 200 grams paneer, diced
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Heat coconut oil in a pan and add in the garlic. I like to use coconut oil for making this Palak Paneer recipe. If you do not like the flavour of coconut oil, use any vegetable oil. Add in two whole pods of garlic. I know it looks like a lot of garlic, but believe me, it adds a lot of flavour to this recipe.
  • Add in the roughly chopped onions. We will be using about two cups of onions for this recipe. Again, it looks like a lot of onions but the roasted onions add to the aroma and flavour to the recipe.
  • Add in the salt. Add a little less as spinach when wilted will be nothing. We can adjust the seasoning in the palak paneer recipe later if need be.
  • Add in the green chillies. If you do not want a spicy palak paneer, remove the seeds from the chillies and add only the skin. The spicy heat is in the seeds. The skin has a lot of flavour. You can up the green chillies if you like your Palak Paneer spicy restaurant style.
  • Saute the veggies on a medium flame for a good ten minutes till the onions are soft and slightly golden and the garlic is slightly roasted and brown. Its really essential that the onions are properly cooked as the taste of the palak paneer dish depends on how well the garlic and the onions are cooked.
  • Add in the washed and cleaned spinach leaves / palak leaves. I do not chop the leaves and I add in the leaves along with the stem. Unlike other greens the stem is not very hard and fibrous. Palak stem is very tasty.
  • Add in a little water so the steam will help to wilt the spinach quickly and the onions wont scorch at the bottom.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes till the spinach is completely wilted. Do not cook for long. Cooking for long will make the greens lose colour. Remove from heat and set aside to cool a bit. Grind the spinach / palak mixture to a smooth puree. Do not add any water while grinding.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add in the diced paneer. Sprinkle a little salt and roast the paneer cubes to golden on all sides. Add it to the spinach puree.Β  Garnish the Palak Paneer with some chopped green chillies and serve hot with roti / paratha. Amazing Palak Paneer is ready.

Notes

You can replace the paneer with tofu to make it a vegan Tofu Palak recipe.

  • Author: Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 15m

Keywords: palak paneer

This recipe has been updated and re-published in June 2020.

9 thoughts on “Palak Paneer, Easy Palak Paneer recipe, Spinach in Paneer”

  1. This is an amazing recipe. I wish I could post my photo right here. Dear Kannamma, please add this feature to your site to allow adding images to the replies here.

    I roasted some cumin seeds alongside onions and then mixed them together. I also added some shredded (1/8th of a cup) coconut in the grinder — partly to reduce extra spiciness due to more chilies.

    The taste was closest to what I had in a Karolbaug, New Delhi restaurant many years ago.

    Thank you.






  2. agoodthought

    I tried this recipe last night and to be honest I didn’t have very high expectations because it was so simple! The only reason I chose this recipe because I trust your taste (I LOVE some of your other recipes) and because I was simply exhausted from work and needed something simple and quick. It turned out AMAZING! I used sunflower oil instead of peanut and added 5 green chillies because we like some heat. Thanks so much for this recipe. Going to hold on to this one for a lifetime.

  3. Hello, from Houston, Texas! What kind of green chilies do you use in your recipe for Palak Paneer? Thank you.

    1. Hi Donna, Indian green chillies are close to thai chillies. You can use Serrano type if you cant get indian chillies. If you cant take in the heat, discard the seeds and just use one or two depending on how spicy you want your food.

    2. Thanks very much for your quick reply! We love spicy food, and thank you for giving further explanation and alternatives.

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