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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Palak Paneer

I am a big fan of North Indian (especially Punjabi dishes) dishes and cook North Indian dishes at least twice a week. I learnt all South Indian dishes from my mother and North Indian dishes from my aunty who is an expert in cooking various dishes. Palak Paneer is a very popular Indian dish that goes well with all Indian Breads and flavored rice. This is one of my family's favorite. Today let us learn how to make palak paneer following this easy recipe.

Palak Paneer

How to prepare Palak Paneer

Prep time - under 15 mins
Cook time - under 30 mins
Serves - 3-4

Ingredients needed

Spinach/Palak leaves- 3 cups firmly or tightly packed
Green Chilli -1
Paneer/Indian cheese -200 grams  (15-20-pieces). Refer Homemade Paneer Recipe
Onion - 3/4 cup chopped finely
Garlic -3-4 cloves finely chopped
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp flat
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Tomatoes -1 cup finely chopped or 3 ripe ones

Salt as required

Spice Powder

Cumin /Jeera powder -3/4-1 tsp tsp
Coriander powder -2 tsp
Red Chilli powder -1 tsp or as required (I used homemade chilli powder)
Garam masala powder/ kitchen king masala - 3/4 tsp

For the seasoning

Oil- 2 1/2 tbsp
Cumin seeds/jeera seeds -1 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Cloves - 2

For garnishing 

Fresh cream - 2 tbsp (optional)

Preparation

Cut paneer into cubes and shallow fry it slightly in very less oil. Keep it aside

Discard the thick stems of spinach and use the leaves alone.

Bring water to boil. Add spinach leaves and cook uncovered for 3-4 minutes. Once it cools, grind it to a smooth  paste with green chilli and keep it aside. Our spinach/palak puree is ready.

cooking spinach leaves

Method

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds/jeera, cinnamon and cloves. When jeera sizzles, add finely chopped onions, garlic and saute until onion turns golden brown. Add a little salt to speed up the process. Continuous stirring is necessary for the onions to brown evenly.

preparing palak paneer

Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes or until the raw smell goes.

Add tomatoes, all the spice powder, turmeric powder and salt needed.

sauteing tomatoes

Cook until tomatoes becomes mushy and oil oozes out. (See the picture of the cooked tomatoes below-you must cook it like that). Do not add water without cooking the tomatoes well.

Add the palak/spinach puree and cook uncovered in medium or low flame for 5-6 minutes.

how to prepare palak paneer

Once the spinach is cooked well, add the cubed paneer pieces and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

spinach and cottage cheese gravy

Add 1/2 of water (You can use the water in which you cooked spinach leaves) and cook simmered until everything gets blended well. If the gravy becomes thick, add little more water and adjust the consistency. Check for salt.

Garnish with fresh cream and serve.

palak paneer recipe

Serve Palak Paneer with phulka, parathas or jeera pulao or ghee rice or any flavored rice.

how to make palak paneer
Phulka with palak paneer 
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55 comments:

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  2. Love the colour and look so so good.

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  3. Such a beautiful and delicious palak paneer, lovely click with popoye..

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  4. I love your recipe, My family love paneer so will try this palak paneer recipe. I would probably add a chunk of butter or cream to it to remind me of my childhood days when my punjabi neighbours used to cook palak in a clay pot! I love your presentation photo.

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  5. It's been a very long time i had this, looks so delicious, must be great with roti's.

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  6. This is absolute fav in my house as it is my sons fav:)....thank u so much for ur encouraging words at my space:)

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  7. Delicious palak paneer! Loved the click :-)

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  8. beautiful presentation! liked the Popeye snap :)

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  9. My hubby loves palak paneer with hot chapatis. Nice recipe. Love the popeye's picture along with his fav spinach.
    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  10. Looks perfect. My daughter love this dish. She loves anything with Paneer of course. Yummy dish. Enjoy Padhu.

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  11. மிக அருமையான பாலக் பனீர்.....

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  12. yummy and delicious ... palak paneer dish....tempting pics

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  13. my favorite dish ... love to have this with Naans
    gr8 Padhu ...

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  14. palak paneer i like the taste and color..very healthy and best accompaniment for chappathi even good to go with rice varities..very good picture padhu..

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  15. delight ful palak paneer padhu...lovely!

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  16. Hahha..Spinach always reminds us of Popeye...

    Palak paneer looks delicious Padhu..Love the greens always..

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  17. Palak Paneer is really looking lipsmackingly yummy

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  18. wonderful dish Padhu, feel like having some..

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  19. Palak paneer looks really tasty Padhu, Even Popeye sailor can take off the eyes.

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  20. Yet another creativity from your kitchen.Looks very yum.Glad you and your family liked the paalkootu.:).

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  21. Palak paneer looks very delicious.Nice presentation.

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  22. Thank you for inviting me to visit your blog.

    The presentation is very impressive. Your recipes are simple and easy to make. Kudos!

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  23. I occasionally cook north Indian dishes as thats very rih and spicy but this one dish is my favourite. green delicacy.

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  24. hi padhu,
    palak paneer looks so delicious i can't resist myself ,feel like to grab it from the screen as it is my favorite dish n basically i love spinach :)
    thanks for visiting my blog n giving such an valuable comments ....

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  25. ummmm....palak paneer...who can say no to this wonderful dish....looks very green and attractive...
    I prep the same way except that i dnt add tomatoes...will try ur recipe this time :)

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  26. Yummy! I've been wanting to make palak paneer. I have to make the paneer first. This sounds so good. Thanks!

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  27. Palak paneer is my all time fav.. Looks tasty.

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  28. Delicious palak paneer with popeye:)love greens.

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  29. my all time fav dish for chapati...looks really greattt...superb presentation

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  30. Nice presentation...all time fav palak paneer!!

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  31. Whenever I go to restau i ordered this one! Looks perfectly delicious!

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  32. Spinach was my father's favorite ... i too like it very much and add it to my diet with all possible dishes. thanks Padhu...why don't you spare more for "greens special".

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  33. Lovely color. Spinach is my favorite green.

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  34. Popeye (there) in the picture will no doubt attract more children to this dish. Like this preparation...and...
    Oh! another lovely presentation:)

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  35. Delicious Palak paneer! Lovely color!!

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  36. This looks great. I love spinach. May be paneer will grow on me one day.

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  37. ahh!!! that looks delicious..yummie!

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  38. Palak paneer looks yummy and kudos to ur Popeye graphic:)

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  39. Well presented..I love to eat palak this way.. My love for paneer nutrilises my distaste for palak..

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  40. This is one of my favourite Indian dish! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Looks fab!! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  42. Yummy recipe and nice click with popeye.

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  43. The Paneer Recipe of this ite is nice. The incredients and process of making paneer recipe is nice. There are lots of Paneer Recipe in indianrecipes.co.in which is nice

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  44. lovely dish very healthy nad delicious.

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  45. Popeye , a main reason to make kids eat palak :-).. and sure this recipe would be great ..gonna try it

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  46. Hi Padhu ..
    Thanks for the recipe..I would like to know what is the spinach type/variety used for preparing palak paneer?

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  47. Nandini -You can use any spinach variety. In my place, I get only one variety. We do not get baby spinach.

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  48. Good narration & pictures made it easy.

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  49. Hi Padhu, I have tried the Palak Paneer...its so yummy...first time I tried this dish... Thanks Padhu

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  50. i tried it out today and it came out really good.....awesome recipe...thanks :)

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  51. I tried this dish today , the taste was nice ... However , the tomato skins were sticking out from the dish , can u also advice the amount of salt too? I have tried many dishes of urs ... All are simply superb !!

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  52. my all time favourite. tried this & came out very good !! :)

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