A delicious Indian dish, good on its own or served with rice or naan bread. Substitute tofu for paneer to make it vegan.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
34 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
59 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, coriander, turmeric, garam masala, red pepper flakes, curry powder, cumin, and salt; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.

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  • Mix water, spinach, tomatoes, and ginger into the onion mixture; simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

  • Transfer spinach mixture to a blender and blend until smooth.

  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir paneer until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir pureed spinach mixture into skillet with paneer. Cook until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

195 calories; protein 14.6g 29% DV; carbohydrates 16.3g 5% DV; fat 9.4g 15% DV; cholesterol 11.3mg 4% DV; sodium 772.6mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (31)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2018
I realize how difficult it is to rate this recipe when I made changes to it. I used fresh spinach 1lb fresh is equal to 10oz frozen. My husband who is a restaurant palak paneer lover said it was good and did go back for seconds. I would make it again but try the recipe exactly as written. It was very easy to make. I also didn't fry the paneer. I just threw it in with the palak. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/16/2020
I am on the hunt for the consummate palak paneer. I thought this was a decent base recipe. As-is, I didn’t think it had enough flavor. That said, these dishes are always better after they sit awhile and are reheated, so we will see. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2018
I realize how difficult it is to rate this recipe when I made changes to it. I used fresh spinach 1lb fresh is equal to 10oz frozen. My husband who is a restaurant palak paneer lover said it was good and did go back for seconds. I would make it again but try the recipe exactly as written. It was very easy to make. I also didn't fry the paneer. I just threw it in with the palak. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2018
I have always LOVED palak paneer, but never took the time to make it at home. This recipe is SO easy!! I sautéed baby Bella’s and red onions first, then added the spices and garlic/ginger. Then I added chopped Roma tomatoes and the thawed spinach. Once simmered, threw it in the food processor, blended it up and threw it back in the wok with cubed queso blanco. It tasted EXACTLY like Indian cottage cheese. Much easier to find at the grocery store too! Just don’t buy a flaky queso blanco. 5 stars of deliciousness!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2018
My family LOVED this dish, thank you, Melanie! We used cubed tofu rather than cheese and served it along with Jasmine rice. The 9 yo and 12 yo cleaned their plates ("this is spinach?") and asked for more. Next time I'll double the batch and add some feta cheese for the two that eat dairy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2017
This was very good. I added about 1/2 cup of cream while blending it so it would not be as spicy. My Indian food loving family devoured it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2018
Great flavor really enjoyed. Did add more liquid to get the consistency I wanted. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2018
Was very tasty. I omitted the red pepper flakes and added a few drops of lemon juice. I didn't have curry powder either. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2018
Not contempt with just cumin I added Garam Masala and it was delicious thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2017
Great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2019
Sooo delish and warming! I was surprised that it didn't take that long to make either. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/16/2020
I am on the hunt for the consummate palak paneer. I thought this was a decent base recipe. As-is, I didn’t think it had enough flavor. That said, these dishes are always better after they sit awhile and are reheated, so we will see. Read More