Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer

I love Indian food, and my favorite Indian dish is Palak Paneer.  It is a mixture of pureed spinach with cubes of fried cheese, and it goes great with some naan bread or basmati rice.  After eating and enjoying this dish for many years, I wanted to try making my own, especially since it is easier to eat at home with two kids in tow.

For this recipe, I got the two main ingredients at our local Indian grocery store.  Paneer comes in different varieties.  You can get it as a solid block that needs to be cut up and fried, or you can get pre-fried paneer (like the one below).  I also buy frozen palak, which are large cubes of finely chopped spinach.  By finely chopped – it is not like any chopped spinach I have ever bought at my grocery store – I would say it has already been pureed and then frozen.



6 tablespoons olive oil

4 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger root

1/2 cup chopped onion

3 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

3/4 cup sour cream

3 pounds palak (spinach) – I was able to find four 12oz bags of palak

14 oz paneer (I found two 7oz bags of pre-fried paneer)

1 large tomato, blanched/skin removed/chopped

sea salt and chili powder, to taste

Palak Paneer


Prepare your dried spices and place in a pinch bowl so that it is ready to add later.

Start by chopping your onion and garlic, and stir fry in a pan.  I usually start the onion in the pan a little earlier, since I like to cook it longer than the garlic, adding in the ginger as well.

Palak Paneer

Add the sour cream and spices.  You can always add more sour cream if you want a creamier recipe.

Palak Paneer

Add the palak (spinach) and tomatoes.

Here you can see what the frozen blocks of spinach look like.  Alternately, you can microwave the blocks in a bowl before adding to the pot, but I had no problem cooking them down as long as I kept stirring often.

Palak Paneer

Once the mixture is heated and mixed thoroughly, turn off the heat.  This is where I add my salt and chili powder to taste.  I like making my palak paneer a little bit spicy so that it balances out when eaten with basmati rice or naan.

At this point you want to blend the mixture.  The easiest way to do this is with an immersion blender, but we have done it in a regular blender.  However, if you use a regular blender, be very careful, as warm/hot mixtures can cause the lid to pop off.

Palak Paneer

I pulse the mixture with the immersion blender, leaving it slightly chunky, but you can blend to whatever texture you like.  When I was done, mine had little bits of sauteed onions and tomatoes.

Add your frozen paneer (or microwave before adding).  Heat again and serve!

Palak Paneer

I love my palak paneer with a side of basmati rice, especially when I make it extra spicy!

One of the great things about this recipe is that you can freeze it.  What I do is freeze single-serve portions of rice and palak paneer, so I can simply reheat for a meal.

You can find my basmati rice recipe here.

Palak Paneer



Adapted from this recipe at Allrecipes.


By | 2016-12-24T22:14:40+00:00 February 9th, 2015|Dinner, Food, Vegetarian|14 Comments

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  1. Terri Beavers January 11, 2018 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness that looks amazing. I have never tried Indian food but after reading the ingredients and seeing your photos, I’m going to change that. I’ll have to see if I can find some paneer.

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle January 11, 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    This is why I love Indian food. It has so many different interesting flavors and textures in just one dish. That looks so good!

  3. Gisele January 11, 2018 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    This looks really good. I have never eaten Indian food that I can remember but this sounds like it is really tasty. I’m going to keep this recipe and try it out with some homemade bread!

  4. Nancy January 11, 2018 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    I tried palak paneer for the first time a few years ago and I think it’s delicious. I love the cheese in it, adds a really great texture to it!

  5. Audrey January 12, 2018 at 12:49 am - Reply

    I have never tried Indian food! I have no idea why. I would like to try Palak Paneer, as it looks delicious!

  6. Joely Smith January 12, 2018 at 1:45 am - Reply

    YES!!! This is one of my favorite dishes as well!! I love Indian food! Thank you for the recipe I have never made it from scratch!

  7. steph parrell January 12, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    The finished product looks so delicious. I have never had this before and am always up for trying something new. Might have to try it out!

  8. 1stopmom January 12, 2018 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    I have never had Indian food before but this recipe looks interesting. Fried cubes of cheese sounds good and I love spinach.

  9. Alysia Bear January 12, 2018 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Omg! I love this dish- I actually thought it was a kind of tofu, instead of cheese. Go figure! lmao
    Shows how much attention I pay lol. Thanks a ton, I’m going to save this recipe- it’s so easy to throw together, why not?!

  10. Cindy Gordon January 12, 2018 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    This looks so amazing. I love trying new foods.

  11. This looks like an interesting dish. I haven’t had a chance to try indian food either.

  12. Ada January 12, 2018 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Oh this looks so good. I’ve never tried it before but I certainly need to.

  13. Amy h January 13, 2018 at 3:18 am - Reply

    It has been quite a long time since I have tried any Indian food. This does look amazing thought!

  14. Lynndee January 13, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    I’ve never tried that Indian dish before. Interesting! And it really looks good. I will have to try that one day.

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