Palak Paneer or Saag Paneer (Spinach Curry) Recipe Video

Palak Paneer is a traditional North Indian delicacy and is an integral part of the Punjabi cuisine. It is also one of my favorite dishes. This Indian dish combines fresh spinach and ricotta in a creamy curry. I am using frozen spinach since I planed to make this dish all of a sudden...Enjoy!


Preparation Time10 MinCooking Time20 Min
Ready In30 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Main IngredientInterest Group


 Oil6 Tablespoon
 Onion puree1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Green chili paste1 Teaspoon
 Garlic paste1 Teaspoon
 Ginger paste1 Teaspoon
 Tomato puree1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Punjabi masala1 Teaspoon (Punjabi garam masala used)
 Turmeric powder1 Pinch
 Paneer1 Cup (16 tbs), cubed
 Spinach leaves4 Cup (64 tbs), pureed (2 cups of spinach puree used)
 Cinnamon powder1 Pinch (Optional)
 Nutmeg powder1 Pinch
 Salt To Taste
 Butter/Heavy cream2 Tablespoon (Optional)
 Cooked green peas1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
For the cilantro and fennel paste
 Cilantro1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), chopped finely (Optional)
 Fennel seeds1 Tablespoon, Roasted, grounded (Optional)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 240 Calories from Fat 183

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 21 g31.9%

Saturated Fat 5 g24.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 14.5 mg

Sodium 263 mg11%

Total Carbohydrates 8 g2.7%

Dietary Fiber 2.6 g10.5%

Sugars 3.1 g

Protein 7 g13.4%

Vitamin A 50.5% Vitamin C 17%

Calcium 10.5% Iron 8.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


To prepare the cilantro and roasted fennel paste:
1. In a pan roast the fennel seeds and grind them.
2. In a mixer grind the roasted and ground fennel seeds with fresh cilantro leaves to give you cilantro and roasted fennel seeds paste.
3. Blanch the spinach with a little salt. In a processor puree the blanched spinach and set aside.

4. Take a pan with oil, add the onion puree/paste and saute till lightly brown in color. Then add the green chili paste, garlic paste and ginger paste and saute for a couple of minutes.
5. Add the tomato puree and the prepared cilantro and roasted fennel seeds paste and stir well.
6. Add the Punjabi garam masala, a pinch of turmeric powder and the paneer. Stir gently to coat the paneer with the masala.
7. Add the spinach (palak) puree and mix gently to combine all the ingredients.
8. Add the cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and salt to taste.
9. Add butter or heavy cream, stir, cover and let it simmer for a few minutes.
10. Add the cooked green peas and mix well.

11. Serve the palak paneer with roti, naan, paratha or plain rice.

If using frozen spinach, it needs to be steamed on low heat to blanch for a few minutes without adding water.
The paneer cubes can optionally be fried separately and added into the cooking pot.

Editors Review

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