Cottage Cheese in Spinach Sauce or Palak Paneer Recipe | How to make Palak Paneer

  • Yield : 1 big bowl
  • Servings : 5-6
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 25m

Tender delicious cubes of white cottage cheese in spinach sauce.

Bursting with nutrition and flavour, this recipe is a favorite in Indian households.


  • Palak ( Spinach ) leaves- fresh or frozen - 1 big bunch or 2 small bunches. If using frozen , use about 4-5 cubes.
  • Paneer - 1 packet of 200-250 gms
  • Onion- 1 chopped
  • Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp optional green chillies - 2
  • Garam Masala- 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Tomato- 1 ( optional)
  • Dry red chilli - 1


Step 1

Wash and rinse the spinach. If using frozen , thaw it.. but fresh always works best.

Step 2

Microwave spinach for 3-4 minutes. Those using frozen spinach can go directly to this stage.

Step 3

Chop and dice onion and tomatoes. Cube the paneer.

Step 4

Heat oil in a wok. When really hot, add the chilli. It will change colour instantly.

Step 5

Add onions. Cook till soft. Add ginger garlic paste. Fry for 1 minute.

Step 6

Add the spinach. Add salt. Cover and cook till the spinach wilts.

Step 7

Puree the spinach. Those with a hand blender, go straight on.. but those with a mixer grinder, please let it cool , unless you want the kitchen splashed with green.

Step 8

Now heat the wok once more. Heat 1 tsp oil. Add the paneer and toss around for a couple of minutes. Add the turmeric and chilli powder. This will give the paneer a delightful colour. Keep paneer aside. The health freak could completely omit frying the paneer and go on to the next step.

Step 9

Add the spinach mixture . Adjust the seasoning. Add garam masala and paneer and let boil together for a minute or so. While cooking with greens , it is very important to go easy on the salt because greens have a very high sodium content.

Step 10

Serve with rotis or rice.

The gravy is green , beautiful and most importantly, very smooth. A lovely way to get all those fussy eaters to gobble it down.

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