Friday, July 16, 2010

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer is one of my favorite dishes and I'm sure many of you reading this would already be drooling over it. It is an eternal Indian dish that is liked by many all over the world.

1 small bunch of chopped Spinach(frozen or fresh)
10-12 pieces of 1" paneer cubes
Milk or Cream, as needed(I used 1/2 cup milk)
1 small Onion, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
3-4 green chillies/jaalpenos
1 spoon,Garam masala/all spice powder
1 Spoon,Corriander powder/dhania masala
Chilli Powder - as needed for taste

Boil spinach(frozen of fresh) in little water for about 5 minutes. Alternatively, microwave it. Use as little water as possible so that you don't need to discard the water that has the nutrients. Let it cool.
In the meanwhile, take a medium sized pan and add oil followed by onions. After 3-4 minutes, add tomatoes. Let it cook well for about 5 minutes. Now, add the spice powders. At this point, take care that the dish is not burnt. Add a little water if it helps to keep the dish from burning. After a couple of minutes, switch off the stove and let the masala cool.

Now, come back to the spinach and add it to a blender jar WITH the chillies (Do not forget the green chillies) and coarsely grind. Just 1-2 pulses should do. Keep it aside. Once the onion and tomato paste has cooled, blend it finely in the same blender jar(or a different one). You will not need any additional water.

Again,add 1 spoon of oil in the same skillet and add this onion-tomato paste to it. Let it cook for a few minutes. Add spinach paste and salt and mix well. Allow it to come to a boil. Add, milk or cream. If you are not concerned about the calories, you can go ahead and add cream. It is cream that is used in the original recipes of Palak Paneer and the one served in restaurants. If not cream, add plain milk. Water can also be used instead of cram or milk but the dish does not turn out creamy. Add as much as needed to make the dish to a consistency that you want. Next, stir in paneer pieces without breaking it and cook for 1-2 minutes. Mix well. Check the taste for salt and switch off the stove.
Serve with rotis,parathas or rice. I served it with steamed rice.


  1. hi karunya,
    this palak paneer is my favorite n ur's looks so tempting,lovely green color n yummy....n i like ur methi rice too to ur blog ,u got a lovely space here with delicious recipes..if u get time do visit my blog


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  3. Hi...Great combo and looks delicious dear...

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