Palak Paneer Recipe North Indian Style – Spinach Paneer Recipe

Palak paneer recipe – North Indian style: Palak Paneer is such a staple and one of the most commonly made paneer dishes in Indian homes. In fact, paneer is one of India’s most fancy foods and the fusion of paneer with spinach is the perfect match or should I say its match made in heaven.

It is made much more frequently in my home than other paneer dishes. Maybe because it is considered healthier than the other ones or maybe because I am a green veg lover. Whatever is the reason but I always enjoy this flavorful dish.

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Palak Paneer, pic: ahundredmiles_

For them who don’t know what Palak Paneer (Spinach Paneer) is:

Palak is spinach in Hindi and Paneer is Indian cottage cheese. This is a kind of curry that is made with spinach and Indian cottage cheese. This desi Indian dish is loved for more than just it’s incredibly exotic flavor.

Do you know?

  • In the 16th century, Persian and Afghan rulers introduced paneer to north India, and the famous Bengali sweet “rasagolla” is also made by the same process as paneer is made i.e., by curdling of milk.
  • Recipe for the perfect Palak Paneer was stumbled down by the royal chefs of the princely state of Awadh.

You must try and enjoy this royal delicacy from Kitchens of India.

Health benefits of Palak Paneer (Spinach Paneer):

Many of you must be wondering is palak paneer healthy? And the answer is yes. It includes such ingredients that are full of health benefits.   

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Paneer is high in protein and calcium. It has a low amount of carbs so it gets digested easily. Spinach is a must for a healthy diet as it is one of the richest sources of iron and fiber. Tomatoes and onions as most of you know is one of the best sources of antioxidant and vitamin C.

A dish full of protein:

As most Indians are vegetarian, they have their own alternatives to meat, and paneer is on the top of that list. Paneer is rich source of protein and this dish contributes to the protein intake that is essential in building muscles and repairing body tissues. Paneer provides you all the amino acids you need and helps in gaining muscle mass.

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It helps in lowering blood pressure:

Since palak paneer contains spinach, tomatoes, and onions which are full of antioxidant that helps in keeping cholesterol levels low and open up those arteries in your heart that are blocked. Spinach is known to contain folate or iron which is great for the cardiovascular system. The content of magnesium in spinach also helps you to lower high blood pressure.

Ultimate food for weight watchers:

When you are following any diet plan, do ensure you add palak paneer to it. This dish is very low in calories and has less fat. The best thing about this dish is that you can eat it in chunks especially spinach but still consume very little calories. It helps in controlling your appetite as it is a rich source of dietary fibers. So if you are looking for a full filling dish with a fat cutter this dish will benefit you a hundred percent.

Best food for pregnant women:

Palak paneer is great for women who are expecting a newborn. Paneer is a good source of calcium that helps in the overall skeletal development of the baby. Rich in vitamin A this dish as a whole boosts the immune system of the mother and her baby as well. The spinach in the dish also supplies a lot of iron which is essential for the development of a baby’s brain and nervous system.

Helps in improving the digestion process:

Paneer contains casein protein which gets digested by the body easily and spinach helps in protecting the mucous lining of the stomach and keeps away any digestive disorders.

A Diabetic friendly dish:

Palak paneer is a diabetic-friendly dish and helps to reduce insulin levels as it is low in carbs and gets digested easily. The fiber content in spinach also helps to reduce blood sugar levels.

Great for your hair:

Who doesn’t like good hair right? Spinach is good for your hair too. It is rich in Vitamin E that helps in repairing damaged skin and keeps your hair healthy and shiny.

Tips to make Palak Paneer more healthier:

  • Go for a low-fat version of paneer.
  • Avoid overcooking the spinach. In this way, the nutrients will be preserved in it.
  • Do not add many spices as palak tastes best without too many spices or herbs.

Everyone has their way of making it honestly. This delicious palak paneer recipe which I am sharing today with you is the way my Mumma always makes for us. And now I am so happy to share it here. This palak paneer recipe is very simple and it uses basic spices and simple ingredients. This vegetarian recipe can be made vegan by using tofu in place of paneer.

Freshly Cut Paneer

Ingredients for the Palak Paneer dish:

You will need-

  • 200-250 grams of spinach
  • 200 grams paneer – cut it into small cubes
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 5 large garlic cloves (3 whole and 2 finely chopped)
  • 8-10 cashew nuts or you can even use cream
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • 2-3 green chili or more to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • One cup water or as needed
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder or to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon Kasuri methi crushed (dried fenugreek leaves) or coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Lemon juice
palak paneer with chapati

Recipe for Palak Paneer (Spinach Paneer):

  1. First of all rinse and clean the palak leaves thoroughly.
  2. Now put a pan on the gas stove and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Put 1 or 2 chopped green chilies.
  3. Add palak leaves and sauté them on medium heat until the leaves wilt completely just to remove raw flavor.
  4. Make sure to evaporate any extra moisture in it.
  5. Now cool it down and put it into the blender jar and also pour ¼ cup of water. Make a thick smooth puree. Add 8-10 cashew nuts, 3 whole garlic cloves, and ginger to enhance the texture and taste of puree. Put this aside and let’s just move to the gravy part.
  6. Heat a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add the oil and then add the 2 cloves of chopped garlic. Sauté for few minutes until it starts changing color.
  7. Then add the chopped onions and fry them for 2 to 3 minutes until they turn soft and translucent.
  8. Now add chopped tomato to the pan and fry them well by adding salt to it.
  9. Add in the spinach puree you prepared well in advance. Also, add around 1/2 cup water and mix well.
  10. Cover the pan as the spinach will bubble a lot and let it cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. Do not forget to stir at regular intervals to avoid sticking at the bottom of the pan.
  11. Once the spinach is cooked, add all the masalas i.e., Garam masala, turmeric powder, and red chili powder.
  12. Add in the paneer and mix well. Let the curry simmer for about 4 to 5 minutes. Switch off the flame, add lemon juice and garnish with Kasuri methi or coriander leaves and serve.

Bottom line:

  • After boiling spinach leaves you can place them in ice-cold water. This will help the leaves retain their green color.
  • You can add ½ teaspoon of sugar if the spinach is bitter. That’s totally optional.
  • Before adding paneer cubes to the curry you can pan-fry them (until golden brown) if you like. It will enhance the taste.

Also check:

Spinach Pasta Recipe with Mix Vegetables

Spicy Aloo Gobi Recipe

Top 20 India Fast Foods

French Fries Recipe

Shweta Kala

She is an old bud with young eyes, a vintage heart and a beautiful mind. She believes in living lively and sharing her life with the world.

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