Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer is a famous Indian gravy. It is healthy and delish. To prepare this we need spinach, paneer (Indian cottage cheese), onions, tomatoes and some spices.

Also try: Kala Chana Gravy or Rajma Masala.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 10 mins, Cooking – 25 mins, Total – 35 mins.

Servings: 2


  1. Spinach – 200 grams (cleaned and washed)
  2. Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) – 200 grams (cut into cubes)
  3. Onion – 1 small (finely chopped)
  4. Tomatoes – 2 medium (blend to a smooth paste)
  5. Green Chilli – 2 (finely chopped)
  6. Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
  7. Cumin Seeds (Jeera) – 1 tsp
  8. Asafoetida (Hing) – a large pinch
  9. Bay Leaf (Tej Patta) – 1
  10. Black Cardamom (Badi Elaichi) – 1
  11. Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
  12. Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 tsp
  13. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  14. Oil – 2 tbsp
  15. Water – 1/4 cup
  16. Fresh Cream – 1 tbsp (optional)
  17. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Palak Paneer:

  1. Add spinach and 1/4 cup water to a pressure cooker. Close the lid and cook for a whistle on high flame. Once the pressure settles down then open the lid and let it cool down
  2. Blend the cooked spinach along with the water to a smooth paste. Keep aside
  3. Heat oil in a pan. Add bay leaf and black cardamom. Saute for a few seconds
  4. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida. Let it splutter
  5. Add ginger garlic paste. Saute
  6. Add onions and green chillies. Saute till golden brown
  7. Add tomato paste, red chilli powder and coriander powder. Cook till oil starts to separate
  8. Add paneer and cook for 2-3 mins
  9. Add spinach paste, garam masala powder and salt. Mix and cook for another minute
  10. Add fresh cream (optional). Mix and cook for a min. Your Palak Paneer is ready. Serve hot with Phulkas.

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