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5 from 2 votes

Palak Paneer

Indian cottage cheese over a vibrant green spiced spinach sauce and finished with a splash of cashew cream.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Indian cuisine, indian food, indian paneer, palak paneer, spinach sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Noreen (


  • 1-1.5 cups Paneer*

  • 3- 4 cups Spinach packed
  • 2-3 tbsp oil/butter as needed
  • 2-3 green chilies (thai peppers) adjust to your spice level
  • 3/4 cup onion diced or blended
  • 1 tsp garlic-ginger paste
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes diced or puree
  • 1/2 tsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) (optional but recomended if available)
  • 8 cashews soaked in warm water & blended to a paste
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Whole Spices:

  • inch cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 green cardamom pods
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds

Powdered spices

  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala


  • Add a teaspoon oil in a pan and add the sliced green chilies and spinach leaves. Cook the leaves until just wilted, but avoid overcooking to retain its vibrant green color. Set aside to cool.
  • Once cooled blend the spinach and green chilies to a smooth puree.
  • To make the gravy- heat oil in a pan and add the whole spices. as soon as they begin to splutter add the onions and sauté on medium high heat until they turn translucent.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and fry until the raw smell goes away.
  • Add the tomatoes and season with salt. cook the tomatoes down until they turn mushy.
  • The add the kasuri methi and spice powders and fry the mixture until it starts releasing oil.
  • Pour in half a cup of water and stir until the mixture thickens.
  • Lower the heat and add the spinach puree. mix well until it comes to a gentle simmer.
  • (optional) Pan fry the paneer cubes with 1-2 tsp oil for 2-3 mins until golden on each side in a separate pan. Add the paneer cubes to the spinach mixture and turn off the heat.
  • Add the cashew paste mixed with the cream and stir it in for added creaminess. Reserve some for garnish.


- If you can't find Indian Paneer, Tofu or mini mozzarella balls work as a good substitute.