Saturday, February 8, 2014

Palak Paneer | Punjabi Palak Paneer Recipe

recipe of making punjabi palak paneer

Palak Paneer | Punjabi Palak Paneer Recipe

Palak Paneer is a Punjabi main course recipe, fried paneer(cottage cheese ) cubes are simmered in gravy made from onion tomatoes and pureed spinach.
Palak paneer goes well with rice as well as roti, to enhance its taste soya methi leaves are used in winter and in summer kasoori methi is used.
Adding cream is optional, in my day2day cooking I don’t use cream in it but if cooking for guests or on certain occasions cream is added. In this recipe I used soft spinach leaves small in size also known as desi palak.
Ingredients required and detailed instructions for the recipe are as follows:

Preparation Time : 10 minutes | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves :4
Recipe Category: Main Course | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian


Spinach or palak leaves-300gms
Paneer or cottage cheese-200gms
Onion-1 big
Soya methi leaves- 1/2cup
Red chilli powder-1/2 teaspoon
Ginger-1 “ piece
Coriander powder-1tablespoon
Garam masala powder-1/4 teaspoon
Turmuric powder-1/4 teaspoon
Salt – to taste
Oil- 2 tablespoon for gravy+extra for deep frying paneer


  1. Roughly chop onions
  2. Chop tomatoes and green chillies, grate ginger.
  3. Clean and wash palak and soya methi leaves
  4. Cut paneer in cubes and deep fry them
    step 1 of making palak paneer
  5. Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a pressure cooker, roast onions in it till golden brown in color, add crushed garlic roast for a minute , add redchilli powder, tomatoes, green chillies and ginger mix well.
  6. Add turmeric coriander powder and salt to it.
    step 2 of making palak paneer
  7. Add washed greens mix well cook on high flame for 2-3 minutes, add 1 tablespoon of water ot it, cover the lid and let is cook for 3 whistles. Let it cool.
  8. Open the lid of pressure cooker with the help of hand blender blend it to smooth puree.( if not using hand blender you have to grind it till smooth paste.)
  9. Add the fried paneer cubes to it, mix gently, simmer the flame and let it cook for 5 minutes with lid covered(don’t lock the lid simply place over it)
    step 3 of making palak paneer
  10. Finally sprinkle garam masala powder over it, palak paneer is ready to serve.
soya and methi leaves add flavor to this dish.
You can also add raw paneer cubes without frying them.


  1. Lovely palak paneer. this is a family fav. Very well prepared.

  2. Delicious and colorful looking palak paneer. Fabulous preparation.


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