Palak Paneer (Spinach with Cottage Cheese)

We had a small get together with my college friends over the weekend. In the last minute we changed our plans from Sunday to Saturday, so not enough time to decide what to make. Considering the time I decided to make palak paneer since it is easy to make.
Here is the recipe for the same.


2tbsp of oil
1 bunch of spinach/palak
20-25 paneer cubes (Optional:slightly fry panner cubes in 1/2tsp of ghee/oil (I like to have my paneer little fried))
1 medium sized tomato (finely chopped)
1 medium sized onion (finely chopped)
2-3 green chilies
1tsp cumin powder
1/4 inch ginger finely chopped
1 garlic finely chopped
1tsp coriander powder
Note:You can use ginger garlic paste instead of chopped ginger and garlic
pinch of turmeric powder
1tbsp red chilly powder
1tbsp whole garam masala (2 cloves, 1/4 inch Cinnamon stick,2 cardamoms)
(You can substitute with 1tbsp masala powder instead of whole garam masala)
Salt to taste


1. Cut the spinach and boil for 5 mts in hot water. (Don't cover the lid while cooking the spinach. This way you can keep the green color of the spinach.). Once the spinach is cool make a paste in mixer/grinder. Keep it aside.

2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add the whole garam masala. Add chopped onions, chopped ginger, chopped garlic . Once the onions turn golden color add cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilly powder, turmeric powder.
3. Add chopped tomatoes. Once the tomatoes are cooked completely in masala/spices add the spinach paste.
4. Add salt and cook for 5-6 mts. Once the spinach starts boiling add paneer cubes. Cook for 5-6 mts on low heat.
Turn off the heat and garnish with fresh coriander. Palak Paneer is ready to serve with nan/roti.


  1. Ahh! thats one of my favourite. i never tried it at home, thanks for sharing!

  2. An eternal favourite! I have a recipe and picture lying in my collection of upcoming recipes to post:) looks great Sailaja!

  3. Wow, you've made a wonderful curry, Sailaja! looks delicious. My all time fav. I especially like the 5th pic. Gorgeous green color.

  4. Thanks for your comments Uma.