Palak Paneer, How To Make Homemade Palak Paneer Recipe


Palak Paneer, How To Make Homemade Palak Paneer Recipe

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Many of the best loved vegetarian Punjabi dishes are the ones where paneer is combined with a vegetable. Paneer is widely used and very popular in Punjab due to the abundance of milk and milk products in the area.


This combination of spinach and paneer is not only highly nutritious, but is a splendid blend of taste, texture and flavour. The paneer in this recipe has been fried to add some extra flavour. You can however add the paneer pieces without frying if required.


Serve with rotis or parathas .

Palak Paneer, How To Make Homemade Palak Paneer Recipe

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients

10 cups chopped spinach (palak) , refer handy tip
1 1/2 cups paneer (cottage cheese) , cut into 12 mm. ( 1/2") cubes
2 tbsp oil
3/4 cup finely chopped onions
4 garlic (lehsun) cloves , grated
25 mm (1") piece ginger (adrak) , grated
2 green chillies , finely chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
3/4 cup fresh tomato pulp
salt to taste
1 tsp punjabi garam masala
2 tbsp fresh cream

Method
    Method
  1. Blanch the spinach in a vesselful of boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Drain, refresh with cold water and keep aside to cool for sometime.
  3. Blend in a mixer to a smooth purée and keep aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a kadhai , add the onions and sauté on a medium flame till they turn translucent.
  5. Add the garlic, ginger, green chillies and turmeric powder and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Add the tomato pulp and sauté till the mixture leaves oil, while stirring continuously.
  7. Add the spinach purée and 2 tbsp of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the salt, garam masala and fresh cream and mix well.
  9. Add the paneer, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  10. Serve hot.

Handy tip:

    Handy tip:
  1. 4 bunches of spinach will approximately yield 10 cups of chopped spinach.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy320 cal
Protein11.8 g
Carbohydrates15 g
Fiber5.8 g
Fat23.6 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium114 mg
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How to make Palak Paneer

  1. To make Palak Paneer, we will take approximately 4 bunches of spinach. 
  2. Remove the hard stems of the leaves by chopping them off.
  3. Place the leaves in a colander and wash them thoroughly under running water to get rid of all the dirt.
  4. Now place the spinach on a clean, dry surface and chop it. You will get about 10 cups of chopped spinach.
  5. Boil enough water in a deep non-stick pan.
  6. Once the water is hot, add the spinach to it.
  7. Blanch the spinach for 2 to 3 minutes. If you boil the spinach for long, the spinach will lose its color and the Palak Paneer gravy will come out dark.
  8. Drain the spinach using a strainer.
  9. Run the strainer below cold water to refresh the spinach. This stops the cooking process of the spinach. It is a very important step in the Palak Paneer Recipe as you do not want to overcook the spinach.
  10. Once cooled slightly, add the spinach to a mixer jar.
  11. Blend the spinach to a smooth purée and keep aside. This should be the consistency. Keep aside.
  12. Heat the oil in a kadhai or a deep non-stick pan.
  13. Add the onions and sauté on a medium flame till they turn translucent.
  14. Now add the garlic to this.
  15. With it also add the ginger. If you are Jain, you can avoid adding onion, garlic and ginger in the Palak Paneer Recipe. 
  16. Also add the green chillies. Here the chillies are finely chopped, but you can also add green chilli paste if you have that readymade. You can buy the paste form a store or make Green chilli paste at home.
  17. Finally add the turmeric powder and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  18. Add the tomato pulp and sauté till the mixture leaves oil, while stirring continuously. When the pulp and onions are cooked well, there will be a layer of oil that will form around the mixture when the moisture evaporates. You can refer to this recipe to make fresh tomato pulp at home.
  19. Now add the spinach purée and 2 tbsp of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  20. Now add the salt.
  21. Also add the garam masala. This gives a nice, earthy taste to the Palak Paneer. We do not add the garam masala in the beginning because adding it earlier would make it bitter.
  22. Finally add the fresh cream to the Palak Paneer and mix well. Do not cook the cream too much as there are chances it might split.
  23. Add the paneer, mix gently and cook Palak Paneer on a medium flame for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  24. Serve the Palak Paneer hot alongside garlic naan

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Reviews

Palak Paneer, How To Make Homemade Palak Paneer Recipe
 on 02 Jan 19 07:20 AM
5

Just wonderful I really enjoyed this recipe very much. This is also a compliment my Norwegian Elkhound has a nose for what is healthy and tasty and I couldnt even keep him away from my plate. Thankyou I will be making this again and againxx
Tarla Dalal
02 Jan 19 09:23 AM
   Hi Loni, Thank you for the kind words, we appreciate it. Do try other recipes and let us know your feedback. Happy cooking :)
Palak Paneer, How To Make Homemade Palak Paneer Recipe
 on 24 Oct 18 07:01 PM
5

can you please tell me why my palak turns bitter? and no amount of sugar or cream helps at times..! where am I going wrong?
Tarla Dalal
25 Oct 18 09:12 AM
   Hi, Ensure that you blanch the spinach just for 2-3 minutes and not more than that. Drain and refresh it immediately, overcooking makes the spinach bitter flavour .
Palak Paneer, How To Make Homemade Palak Paneer Recipe
 on 26 Apr 18 05:00 PM
5

Very easy to make. Looks and tastes just like we eat at restaurant!
Palak Paneer, How To Make Homemade Palak Paneer Recipe
 on 14 Mar 18 07:38 PM
5

I have tried this receipes many times .. it comes very well and simple to make also .. thanks for this receipe
Tarla Dalal
15 Mar 18 08:30 AM
   Thank you for your kind words.. Do try the recipes and let us know how they turned out, we will be happy to hear that...
Palak Paneer, How To Make Homemade Palak Paneer Recipe
 on 15 Nov 17 05:34 PM
5

I m going for it tomorrow , but on a pre note .. must confess you are the lifeline for we punjabi husbands to handle kitchen when required .. thanks
Tarla Dalal
16 Nov 17 08:34 AM
   Hi Surinder, Thank you for your kind words.. Do try the recipes and let us know how they turned out, we will be happy to hear that...
Palak Paneer, How To Make Homemade Palak Paneer Recipe
 on 04 Nov 17 05:34 PM
5

maine kal apne jsise btaya waise hi 1st time palak paneer bnaya tha.sb ko bhoot pasand aya.thnx
Tarla Dalal
06 Nov 17 08:39 AM
   Hi Charu, we are delighted you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
Palak Paneer, How To Make Homemade Palak Paneer Recipe
 on 07 Jul 17 02:30 PM
5

Thank you very much, your Palak Paneer was very tasty. Your recipe is very easy to follow. Certainly I will share this relationship with my relatives. My family will enjoy it Thanks
Edited after original posting.
Palak Paneer, How To Make Homemade Palak Paneer Recipe
 on 09 Feb 17 12:50 PM
5

Hi tarla mam I love cooking. And your recipes help me alot .thanks
Tarla Dalal
10 Feb 17 08:43 AM
   Thank you for your kind words Ginnikhosa. Do keep trying your recipes and share your feedback. Happy Cooking!!!
Palak Paneer, How To Make Homemade Palak Paneer Recipe
 on 08 Feb 17 11:05 AM
5

Thanks a lot tarla aunty....I m a big fan of ur cooking...I tried this recepie...its Just awesome...
Tarla Dalal
08 Feb 17 02:50 PM
   Delighted to hear from you Arabi. Do try some more recipes and give your feed back. Hppy Cooking!!!
Palak Paneer, How To Make Homemade Palak Paneer Recipe
 on 20 Dec 16 10:43 PM
5

Hello Tarla mam, Thanks for such delicious recipes. I was not that good at cooking but after trying ur receipes ,I turned out to be a good cook for my husband. He now pleasantly takes his lunch to office n m so glad when he praises me for that. Thanks again. Happy cooking
Tarla Dalal
21 Dec 16 09:05 AM
   Hi Megha, Thank you very much for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you all enjoyed it. Happy Cooking !!
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