Palak Paneer is a creamy gravy made with spinach puree simmered with Indian Cottage Cheese and basic Indian spices. This is a simple and hearty gravy from the Punjabi cuisine.
While there are many ways of making Palak Paneer, this recipe is the simplest one can make. Ever since we got introduced to the North Indian cuisine, and following Khana Kazana, this has been religiously prepared at home.
This dish was also one of the initial dishes I shared and had a picture that was clicked in few seconds. While I still continue to click my main pictures in flat few minutes, the setup has improved over the years and I feel my current pictures are far better than what it used to be.
Konda always loved it, later when we introduced this to the boys, they loved it too. So one of the frequently prepared dishes over the weeks is surely this Palak Paneer. This greens is the only one that my boys have. So it’s more the reason I repeat it often.
Though we make this dish almost fortnightly, it took me these many years to finally click the step by step pictures and a better setup. I am sharing this as part of the BM#93, week 4 Redo Old pictures theme.
– Updated 24 2018
“I yam what I yam, and that’s all I yam,” is one of the catchphrases of Popeye the Sailor. Who wouldn’t know Popeye the sailor, especially with kids this is a very popular show on TV. This character is better known for his superhuman strength he gets on eating spinach or palak.
It is said that spinach farmers in Crystal City, Texas were so grateful for this they erected a statue of Popeye in the town and credited him for saving the then-dying spinach industry.
– source Wikipedia
The influence of such cartoon characters is amazing as I have seen my friend’s son, who initially refused to eat spinach, started eating after seeing this show. He is such a great fan and forever saying his biceps have grown big because of eating spinach.
Coming to facts, spinach is a great leaf. Tastes great and easy to make. And such a wonderful dish from a simple leafy vegetable is unbelievable.
Palak Paneer is our all time favorite dish at home. We all like Spinach paneer with pulka and naan whereas my Dad likes to have this with rice too.
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Palak Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese in Spinach Gravy
Serves – 4
Preparation Time – 10 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
2 cups Paneer cubed
1.5 cups Spinach Puree / Palak, approx 2 bundles
1 cup Onions, finely chopped
1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 cup Tomato Puree
1.5 tsp Red Chilli Powder
A Pinch Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
Salt to taste
2 tsp Cooking Oil
1/2 tsp Sugar
1 tbsp Butter
How to make Palak Paneer
Wash and blanch the spinach leaves for 5 to 7 mins. Once it cools down, grind to a fine paste. Keep it aside.
Heat a nonstick pan with oil saute the finely chopped onions, till it turns colour. Next, add ginger garlic paste. Fry for few mins. Add few spoons of water and simmer.
Add salt and turmeric powder.
Now add the tomato puree, cook till the puree is done. Add chili powder and cook for 5 mins.
Next, add the spinach puree. Bring to boil. Add 1 cup water. Simmer for 5 mins, add sugar and paneer cubes along with butter.
When the gravy is thick enough, switch off.
Serve hot with pulkas.