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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Palak Paneer

When I think of something gourmet in vegetarian dishes, the first to pop in my head is paneer.  So if there is some party/get-together at home and I need to make some special vegetarian dish, I always make something in paneer. It is for Thaara's 3rd birthday party, I  tried making Palak paneer for the first time and every one loved it. Palak paneer needs no introduction at all. So going straight to the recipe.

What are the ingredients needed?

Frozen spinach, 2 cups
Paneer, 250 gms
Tomatoes, 2 nos.
Oil, 2 tbs
Bay leaf, 1 no
Cloves, 3 nos
Cinnamon, 1 small stick
Onions(Large), 1 no.
Ginger garlic paste, 1 tsp
Cumin powder, 1 tsp
Chilli powder, 1 tsp
Coriander powder, 2 tsp
Garam masala powder, 1 tsp
Turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp
Kasuri methi, 1 Tbs
Salt to taste

How it is made?
  1. Dice the paneer into cubes and fry them till they are lightly browned and set them aside.
  2. Blanch and puree the tomatoes and set them aside.
  3. Microwave the spinach for 5 minutes and puree them.
  4. Heat oil in a pan, add bay leaves, cloves and cinnamon, fry them for a minute or two and add the chopped onions and saute them till they turn translucent.
  5. Add the ginger garlic paste, add cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and turmeric powder. Then add the pureed tomatoes and let it cook for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Then add the pureed spinach, salt to taste,mix well and simmer for another 3-4 minutes.
  7. Now add the paneer cubes and cook them covered for another 4-5 minutes, now add the kasuri methi leaves, mix them well and cook them for a minute or two and turn off the heat.
  8. Serve them with rotis or rice.


  1. I end up ordering Palak Paneer everytime we eat out. So now there is a ban on it from my husband :)). Yours looks perfect!

  2. Delicious and perfectly done..loved the colour!

  3. Lovely and perfect looking palak paneer. I prepare it in the similar way except for the microwave method. Lovely clicks Divya

  4. This is a favourite and your dish looks as if prepared by a masterchef!

  5. nice presentation divya :) perfect with roti..

  6. this looks like a chunky paalak paneer....kasoori methi lends a wonderful flavor to it..lovely!!

  7. Looks really good Divya, even I did this couple of weeks back, yet to post it..

  8. Looks healthy and nice one Divya

  9. Yummy dish, simply love the colour of the dish..Never get tired of palak paneer.

  10. Adorable post Divya. Looks very delish and tempting dear.Excellently made and I like it's colour.

  11. Looks very Delicious and mouthwatering .. one of my fav dish..lovely colour

  12. Love that rich colour that the palak has bought to the dish. Its very very tempting for sure!

  13. yummy n lovely paneer preparation....

  14. What a Lovely shade of green!

  15. Thats my Fav Dish :D I love it in all forms and recipes..

    This one looks quite tempting, specially the browned Paneer top..

  16. I would like to make this dish but I don't undertand what nos in the ingredients list means. Can anyone help?

    1. @Anonymous- nos. means numbers. For example: Tomatoes-2 nos means 2 tomatoes, onion, 1 no means 1 onion.. Hope am clear. Do try the dish and let me know..

  17. Delicious looking Palak Paneer, tempting clicks!!

  18. this is a must try!!!! - added to my pin board

  19. yummy , nice dish. well presented :)

  20. This recipe looks great! I love paneer and can't wait to try this!

  21. mouthwatering paneer..delicious!!

  22. Awesome clicks! Which camera do you use?

  23. Delicious Palak paneer..perfect colour!!
    i just luv this dish..

  24. looks so healthy & delicious...mouthwatering!

  25. Delicious palak paneer..I think this combo is the most popular one and liked by one and all..

  26. Oh love those pictures! the glossy look on the palak has come out so well..


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