Palak Paneer

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

Preparation Time: 20 min. Cooking Time: 30 min. Serves 4


250 grams Paneer (Cottage Cheese)

600 grams Fresh Spinach

100 grams Fresh Methi (Fenugreek Leaves)

1 Large Onion Very Finely Chopped

1 tbsp Ginger Paste

½ tbsp Garlic Paste

½ tbsp Green Chilli Paste

Juice of half a Lime

2 tbsp Oil

1 tbsp Butter

1 tsp Cumin Seeds

¼ tsp Asafoetida (Hing)

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

1 tsp Garam Masala Powder

¼ tsp Cardamom Powder

1 tsp Sugar

1 tsp Corn Flour

Salt to taste


  1. Chop 400 grams of spinach and methi. Wash, drain and keep aside.

  2. Cut paneer into bite-size cubes, heat oil for shallow frying in a pan over medium heat, add the paneer cubes and sprinkle some salt and garam masala powder, fry on both sides with very light brown colour, drain over kitchen paper.

  3. Heat the oil in a pan and put the cumin seed and asafoetida, then add the onions and butter, cook till light brown.

  4. Now add the ginger paste, garlic paste, chilli paste, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and cardamom powder, sauté for a minute.

  5. Now add the chopped spinach, methi, salt and sugar. Mix well and let it cook on high heat for 2 minutes then low the heat till the spinach has cooked.

  6. While this is cooking, boil water in a large pan and blanch the remaining 200 grams spinach leaves for a minute or so, then put them in ice-cold water to retain the green colour.

  7. Blend the spinach with the lime juice, cornflour and ⅓ cup of water. Add ¼ tsp of all garam masala powder, cardamom powder, salt and sugar to give it taste.

  8. Puree to a smooth paste, by now the spinach will be cooked.

  9. Add the paneer and pour the puree in, mix well and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes with the lid on, stirring occasionally.