Absolutely Perfect Palak Paneer


This Indian dish combines fresh spinach and ricotta in a creamy curry. Use paneer if you can find it! It is absolutely wonderful with basmati rice or naan (Indian flat bread). The key is in the spices, which you can find at an Indian grocery.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 6 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root

  • 2 dried red chile peppers (Optional)

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ¾ cup sour cream

  • 3 pounds fresh spinach, torn

  • 1 large tomato, quartered

  • 4 sprigs fresh cilantro leaves

  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese

  • coarse sea salt to taste


  1. In a large saucepan heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil and saute garlic, 1/2 tablespoon of ginger, red chilies (optional ingredient) and onion until brown. Mix in the cumin, coriander, turmeric and sour cream (add more or less to achieve desired creaminess). Add the spinach, handfuls at a time until it is cooked down, about 15 minutes total. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

  2. Pour spinach mixture into a blender or food processor and add the tomato, the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of ginger, and cilantro (add more or less according to taste). Blend for 15 to 30 seconds, or until the spinach is finely chopped. Pour back into the saucepan and keep warm over low heat.

  3. In a medium frying pan heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat, and fry cheese until browned; drain and add to spinach. Cook for 10 minutes on low heat. Season with salt to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

483 Calories
36g Fat
27g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 483
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 47%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 544mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 45mg 224%
Calcium 702mg 54%
Iron 14mg 79%
Potassium 1932mg 41%

* 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.