Rosy's Palak Paneer


An Indian friend of mine showed me the ropes for cooking this delicious and completely authentic Indian dish of spinach and paneer.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
4 servings


  • cup ghee (clarified butter)

  • 1 bulb garlic, peeled and minced

  • ½ teaspoon toasted cumin seed

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1 (3 inch) piece ginger, peeled and minced

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala, divided

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 1 cup water, or as needed

  • 1 (10 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

  • 1 pound paneer, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala


  1. Melt ghee in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in garlic and cumin seed; cook until the garlic softens, about 3 minutes. Add tomato paste, ginger, 1 teaspoon garam masala, salt, onion, and water. Increase heat to medium, and stir until the tomato paste dissolves. Simmer slowly for 1 hour, adding water as needed to maintain a sauce-like consistency.

  2. Stir in spinach and cook until hot, about 5 minutes. Add paneer, and allow to cook an additional 5 minutes, or until hot. Pour into a serving dish and sprinkle with cilantro and remaining 1 teaspoon garam masala.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

368 Calories
23g Fat
24g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 368
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 1438mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 23mg 113%
Calcium 227mg 17%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 934mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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