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Palak Paneer is probably one dish that is on ALL Indian restaurant menu cards around the world. Restaurant can be South Indian, North Indian or any Indian cuisine at all, I'm sure all of them have Saag Paneer or Palak Paneer on their menu. It is that famous and if you are an Indian food aficionado, you probably tasted it at least once. There are quite a few recipes on the internet for palak paneer. Each one using different spice blends and some blend the spinach to a paste and some use it just as is. I like my palak...


4 serving

Total time

50 minutes


  • 6 ~ 8 cups Spinach (- chopped)
  • 4 oz Paneer (. - cubed)
  • 1 onion (- medium, finely chopped)
  • roasted chickpeas (puree)
  • 2 ~ 4 chilies (Green)
  • 1 tsp Ginger-garlic (paste)
  • roasted chickpeas (Red)
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala Curry powder (/)
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • roasted chickpeas
  • to taste Salt


  1. Heat 2tsp oil in a saute pan, add the spinach and green chilies. Cook till the greens are wilted, about 3~4 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool, then grind to a smooth paste.
  2. Wipe the pan clean with a tissue, heat 2tbsp oil. Add cumin and fennel seeds; once the seeds start to splutter, add the chopped onions and cook till the onions are lightly browned around the edges.
  3. Stir in the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 1~2 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato puree, cover and cook till the oil starts to float around the edges.
  5. Slowly add the spinach puree, red chili powder and salt. Mix well and cook covered till the flavors mingle. Add a little bit water if the mixture is too thick.
  6. Add the paneer and garam masala. Mix well and cook for 3~4 minutes to heat paneer through. Serve hot with roti, naan, kulcha and fried rice.
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