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palak paneer recipe

palak paneer recipe with step by step photos – palak paneer is one of the most popular indian paneer recipe along with paneer butter masala and kadai paneer. palak paneer is basically soft paneer or cottage cheese cubes cooked in a smooth spinach curry.

this palak paneer recipe was requested by many readers and was in drafts for a long time. i had kept in the drafts since the final images were not so good. but then i have not made palak paneer since a long time, so thought of publishing the post.

this recipe is my mom’s version of making palak paneer. it has become a favorite with hubbs too, especially since he does not like palak much. i also make a restaurant style palak paneer recipe, which has the smoking or dhungar method incorporated in it.

palak paneer goes well with rotis, naan, parathas and even jeera rice or biryani ricevegans can substitute paneer with tofu in this palak paneer recipe. i have made palak tofu many times and even with tofu, the palak gravy tastes good.

if you are looking for dry paneer recipes then try quick paneer tikka, dry paneer tikka, chilli paneer, paneer bhurji and paneer tikka pizza.

palak paneer recipe below:

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palak paneer recipe
palak paneer - one of the most popular indian dishes. soft paneer cubes cooked in a smooth spinach curry.
CUISINE: north indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
for the palak puree:
  • 200 to 250 grams fresh spinach/palak, about 7 to 9 oz spinach
  • 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 1 or 2 small to medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped (optional)
  • ½ inch ginger, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups water for blanching spinach
  • 3 cups water for ice bath
for the palak curry:
  • 1 small to medium sized onion, finely chopped, about ⅓ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 small or medium sized tomato, chopped, about ⅓ cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 4 to 5 small to medium garlic cloves/lahsun, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • ½ tsp red chili powder (optional)
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing (optional)
  • ¼ or ½ tsp garam masala powder (add more if required)
  • 1 small to medium tej patta/indian bay leaf
  • 200 to 250 gms paneer or tofu, about 7 to 9 oz cottage cheese
  • ⅓ to ½ cup water or add as required
  • 1 or 2 tbsp cream, low fat 25% to 35% (i used amul cream)
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee or unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi leaves/dry fenugreek leaves (optional. kasuri methi is crushed and added right towards the end. just before adding cream. )
  • salt as required
  • a few teaspoons of cream or butter for topping the palak paneer (optional)
  • ½ inch ginger, julienned
  • lemon or lime wedges or slices
making the spinach puree:
  1. rinse the palak or spinach leaves very well in running water. tender stem are fine. if the stems are stringy, then discard the stems.
  2. boil 3 cups water in a pan or microwave or electric heater. add ¼ tsp salt to the hot water and stir. then add the palak leaves in the hot water. close with a lid and let the palak leaves sit in the water for 2-3 mins.
  3. strain the palak leaves.
  4. immediately add the palak or spinach leaves in a pan or bowl containing ice cold water. this method helps in preserving the green color of the spinach. just add 8 to 10 ice cubes to 3 cups water to get cold water. allow the spinach leaves to be in the cold water for a minute or two.
  5. then drain the ice cold water. add the spinach in a blender or grinder jar with chopped ginger, garlic and green chilies.
  6. make a smooth palak puree. no need to add water while making the puree. keep the spinach puree aside.
making the palak curry:
  1. heat oil or ghee or butter in a pan or kadai. if using butter, melt it a low flame making sure that the butter does not brown.
  2. add the cumin and let them splutter.
  3. then add the tej patta or bay leaf.
  4. add the finely chopped onions. saute till the onions become golden.
  5. then add the finely chopped garlic. saute till the raw aroma of garlic goes away. no need to brown the garlic.
  6. add the chopped tomatoes. stir and saute the tomatoes till they soften.
  7. once the tomatoes are softened and you see fat releasing from the sides of the mixture. then add the turmeric powder, red chili powder and asafoetida/hing.
  8. stir very well.
  9. then add the palak puree.
  10. stir well.
  11. add about ⅓ to ½ cup water or as required. stir again.
  12. simmer for 6-7 minutes or more till the palak or spinach is cooked. season with salt. the gravy or sauce will also thicken by now.
  13. stir and add garam masala powder.
  14. stir again and then add the paneer/cottage cheese cubes.
  15. stir gently and simmer on a low flame till the paneer cubes become soft and succulent. about 1 to 2 minutes.
  16. lastly add cream. stir gently again so that the cream gets incorporated in the palak paneer gravy uniformly. switch off the flame.
  17. stir and serve the palak paneer hot with some rotis, naan or jeera rice. you can top the palak paneer with some butter or cream also while serving. also drizzle a few drops of lime or lemon juice on top along with ginger julienne.
the paneer of tofu cubes can be also be lightly fried and then added to the curry. i this case, you don't need to cook the paneer or tofu in the gravy as when frying they are already cooked.

lets start step by step palak paneer recipe:

making the spinach/palak puree:

1. rinse the palak or spinach leaves (200 to 250 grams), very well in running water.

rinse palak or spinach

2. boil 3 cups water in a pan or microwave or electric heater. add  ¼ tsp salt to the hot water and stir. then add the palak leaves in the hot water. close with a lid and let the palak leaves sit in the water for 2-3 mins. if using stove top then keep the pan down and switch off the gas.

boil palak in water

3. strain the palak leaves. keep the stock aside as we can use later.

palak leaves

4. immediately add the palak or spinach leaves in a pan or bowl containing ice cold water. this method helps in preserving the green color of the spinach. just add 8 to 10 ice cubes to 3 cups water to get cold water. allow the spinach leaves to be in the cold water for a minute or two.

add palak leaves in water

5. then drain the ice cold water. add the spinach in a blender or grinder jar with ½ inch chopped ginger, (1 or 2 small to medium) garlic cloves and 1 or 2 green chilies. you can also use a hand held immersion blender to make the puree.

making palak puree
6. make a smooth palak puree. no need to add water while making the puree. keep the spinach puree aside.

palak puree

making the palak paneer curry:

7. heat 2 tbsp oil/ghee/butter in a pan or kadai. here i have used butter. if using butter, melt it a low flame making sure that the butter does not brown.

fry cumin to make palak paneer recipe

8. add ½ tsp cumin and let them splutter.

add onions - making palak paneer recipe

9. then add one tej patta/bay leaf (small to medium sized) .

sauting onions to make palak paneer recipe

10. add ⅓ cup finely chopped onions (1 small to medium sized onion).

add tomatoes - making palak paneer recipe

11. saute till the onions become golden.

sauting onions - making palak paneer recipe

12. then add the finely chopped garlic/lahsun (4 to 5 small to medium sized). saute till the raw aroma of garlic goes away. no need to brown the garlic.

sauting onions - making palak paneer recipe

13. add ⅓ cup chopped tomatoes (1 small or medium sized tomato).

adding tomatoes - making palak paneer recipe

14. stir and saute the tomatoes till they soften.

sauting tomatoes to make palak paneer recipe

15. once the tomatoes are softened and you see fat releasing from the sides of the mixture. then add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp red chili powder and a pinch of asafoetida/hing.

adding spices to palak paneer recipe

16. stir very well.

making palak paneer masala

17. then add the palak puree.

add palak or spinach

18. stir well.

simmer palak paneer

19. add about to ⅓ to ½ cup of the reserved stock or water or as required. stir again.

simmer palak paneer recipe

20. simmer for 6-7 minutes or more till the palak or spinach is cooked. season with salt. the gravy or sauce will also thicken by now.

simmer palak paneer

21. stir and add (¼ to ½ tsp) garam masala powder.

add garam masala to palak paneer recipe

22. stir again and then add the paneer/cottage cheese cubes (200 to 250 grams). i have added the paneer cubes directly to the gravy. but you can also lightly fry or saute the paneer cubes till they lightly browned and then add them to the palak gravy. in this case, you don’t need to cook the paneer further.

add paneer or cottage cheese

23. stir gently and simmer on a low flame till the paneer cubes become soft and succulent. about 1 to 2 minutes.

making palak paneer recipe

24. lastly add cream (1 or 2 tbsp cream, low fat 25% to 35%.  i used amul cream). you can also add 1 tsp kasuri methi (crushed) at this step. kasuri methi is optional though.

adding cream to palak paneer recipe

25. stir gently again so that the cream gets incorporated in the palak paneer gravy uniformly. switch off the flame.

mix palak paneer recipe well

26. stir and serve the palak paneer hot with some rotis, naan or jeera rice. you can top the palak paneer with some butter or cream also while serving. also drizzle a few drops of lime or lemon juice on top along with ginger julienne.

palak paneer

if you are looking for more gravy based paneer recipes then do check paneer tikka masalashahi paneer, matar paneer, malai kofta, aloo paneer kofta and paneer manchurian.

i have made a video with the images, showing the step by step method of making palak paneer recipe. my voice plays in the background. there is also a background noise. i tried hard to eliminate the noise, but its still there. however, i hope you enjoy the video.

palak paneer recipe video:

{ 349 Responses }

  1. Cookintern says

    Thank you very very much for this wonderful recipe. I followed it as it is and it was wonderful. My father and mother ate more than they normally would and I am so happy. Delicious. Thank you.

  2. Kevin says

    For Garlic, do you mean cloves of garlic or the actual whole garlic? I’m going to attempt this recipe this weekend.

      • Kevin says

        So made an attempt. The flavour is bland. Is there a way to make it more flavor-full? Also, I got the cottage cheese (16cubes) but some of them starting to crumble and fall apart while I stir gently. Is there a way to keep the cottage in its form?

        • says

          Just add some more green chilies or red chili powder. Palak paneer has a kind of bland taste. There is not much you can do with the paneer. Depending on the quality, they keep well or crumble. Its best to make paneer at home.

  3. Raven says

    This has been maybe my 8th attempt at finding the style of palak paneer that I’ve been searching all over for. I LOVED this recipe. I brought it to work and everyone raved about it.

  4. Usha says

    Hi, i read in one of the comments below that straining the puree would get rid of the fiber strings. But my concern is the fiber is really fine and it might also get mixed with the puree. Please help. I love this dish but the fiber is marring the delight.

  5. Usha says

    Thanks for the recipe. Followed it ditto. For some odd reason, after I puree the soft spinach leaves, there is a lot of ‘strings’ or fiber which mars the eating experience. I have tried many methods – boiling it for a few mins till it’s soft, boiling it for 20 mins, cutting the leaves and stems into small pieces. Nothing seems to get rid of the ‘strings’. It’s like the green part of the leaf ‘disconnects’ from the veins in the leaf leaving the strings. I tried to take out a few but it was time consuming!

    Pls advise how I can avoid this.

    • says

      The strings usually comes from the stems. Try using spinach which us tender. If the stems are stringy then don’t add stems. Just add the leaves. Blend or grind very well and as i have mentioned in my earlier reply use a fine strainer.

  6. Simmi says

    Hi Dassana
    I tried this recipe it was awesome. One question when palak is sitting in hot water for 3 minutes covered that time can the gas be turned off because water is already boiling hot please let me know, thanks

  7. Supriya says

    Thanks for sharing this. Mine turned out to be a little bitter. What could be the reason?

  8. Binita says

    2 Times v drain d palak thn what abt vitamins. V Dnt get any vitamins so plz tel abt tht

  9. Sadiya says

    Hi Dassana,

    Yummy recipe. Thanks a tonne. Also Your presentation of each recipe is very helpful and makes it easy to follow. I wanted to know if You make Garam Masala at home or get the ready-made ones. If making at home, could You please tell methe ingredients You add. If not, which brand do You pick?

    Thanks in advance and keep up the good work. <3

  10. Simmi says

    Hello Dassana dear
    Thanks for your reply. I will follow your instructions on water addition. Also you have mentioned Kasoori methi to add in this recipie but I guess you forgot to mention when to add so I added it when I added salt and garam masala please let me know if thats okay.

    Also I tried your strawberry icecream recipie. Awesome and delicious recipie. My 7 year who is a picky eater loved it like anything. My icecream didn’t turn out smooth as shown in your pics is it due to less blending or something else, please advise.

    It will be greatly appreciated if you also tell how long icecream should be kept in freezer for the first time and second time to set.

    Keep up the good work! Looking forward to hear from you soon.

    Kindest Regards

    • says

      hi simmi, welcome. kasoori methi is added when you add the cream or when you add garam masala. i will add in the step wise pics too. i had run out of kasoori methi when i added the new pics. so did not add then. ice cream mixture has to blended well. so could be thats the reason. when the ice cream is semi soft or partially set, then thats the time you blend again. blending this way makes the ice cream smooth and soft. the time will vary on the temperature settings in your fridge.

  11. Charles says

    I enjoyed making this recipe, but in the end I felt my Palak Paneer was kind of bland. Also thr garlic that I added in the sauce just prior to blending it into a smooth mixture I feel is a bit over powering becuase the fresh galric. How can I save my meal? Make it less bland? I will still eat it nevertheless.

    • says

      palak paneer is generally bland. nothing can be done about the garlic. but for changing the blandness, add some more red chili powder and garam masala powder.

  12. simmi says

    Hi Dassana
    Really glad to find your website, tried this palak paneer recipie today and it really turned out very well except the fact it was liitle dry can you please advise what can I do to make it little liquidy.

    • says

      thanks simmi. add some more water and simmer till you get required consistency. may be you have added little less water. it should not happen.

  13. sanchita says

    i really love the way you present the recepies…. I have learnt most of the receipies from you… In palak paneer, if you grind some fresh coriander leaves it will taste better. Try and let me know….

  14. akanksha says

    hey! I just wanted to know if I can make the spinach puree at night and store it in refrigerator and make the whole stuff next day in morning.. will it effect the dish in any way either health or taste….. do reply…. and thanx :)

    • says

      welcome akanksha. yes you can. some taste and color will change. health wise its best to eat fresh food and not refrigerated food. as per ayurveda fresh cooked food has maximum prana (life force). so its better to avoid reheating the food and eat it when its still hot. stale food or refrigerated food is not good as per ayurveda.

  15. harshima says

    Hey i loved the recipe n i used all the ingredients … I had a question… If i use cream will it spoil the next day?

  16. Devyani says

    I’m trying this recipe tonight. It looks simple yet extremely delicious! I just want to tell you that I absolutely love your blog. It’s the only one I follow consistently for Indian veg recipes and recommend it to everyone too.

  17. teena says


    Can i use mother dairy full cream milk ‘s cream when we are supposed to add the cream since we use tht milk n we get rich cream in tht.


  18. maya says

    Fantastic use of pictures for each step of the recipe. This worked wonderfully for me, who’s very new to cooking! Thank you!

  19. Shruti says

    I am a novice cook, just started cooking 2 weeks back ever since I got married. So I loved the step by step instructions, simple to follow with pictures! Perfect for a oh-i-hate-cooking type of person (me!). And loved the results. It is yum! Immediately sent a pic to my mom. Feeling proud! Thanks so much! and I added 2 more tomatoes than what you suggested. Thanks again!

  20. Ambika says

    Hi Dasssna,
    Simply love your recepies , you make things so simple and easy to make. Thank you so much

  21. Rashmi says

    Hii Dassana

    Loved your recipe. I always loved palak-paneer. But my hubby dear isn’t a fan of either. Infact he never touches palak. Being newly weds he tasted it for my sake. Tried your recipe exactly as u mentioned only substituting paneer with potatoes. It turned out sooo yummy , my hubby has demanded it asap. Planning to stick with paneer next time. (:p)
    Thank you soo much.

  22. Kanishka says

    Paalak paneer recipe purrrrrrfect..
    It came out awwwesome.
    My child loved it said better than any restaurant :) thanq for all recipes I always follow

  23. says

    My mom used to cook Palak paneer, but today I saw her this recipe step by step and told me that she will make it in this way.
    I will comment you tomorrow about this recipe.
    Meanwhile I hope that the cream is alternative.
    Thanks Dasanna.

  24. b says

    hello, To whoever is serving a really good and delicious recipe,
    I have made PALAK PANEER from your recipe , I loved it. I am also using ur recipe more for other food. I am a vegetarian , and I loved it.
    your measure is almost close to my taste.
    thank you so much.

  25. umme salama says

    Thnx dassana I made it today for first time and it turned out really tasty..thnx again..ur recipes R really easy to make..n delicious too..

  26. Jacob says

    After the fifth time making this recipe in the past two months, I figure I should thank you for such a great meal. Great instructions and great recipe blog!

  27. Shruti Kamath says

    I tried this recipe by substituting paneer with tofu. It turned out to be great! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

  28. seetha ravi says

    Excellent. I make it exactly the same way. Only one variation in my method, is I add a few sprigs of coriander leaves while grinding the palak, which helps in retaining the green colour, some of it is lost while boiling the palak. Thanks

  29. Leeza Dcunha says

    Thank you so much for the recipe. i tried it and it was fabulous. My hubby, and others loved it :)

  30. sunitha says

    Very tasty. Did find it a bit spicy. Added 1 chopped potato and 2 tbsp curds instead of cream.

  31. sumi konwar says

    This recipe i tried at home with d same method nd its awsum
    i got lots of gud comments n my dish was asked more dan my mom’s one
    aftrall thnks to u
    plzzz provide some gud recipe that i cn make at home thnk u…..

  32. anitha says

    .finally a recipe which made my palak paneer perfect….thanks so much..added sugar to cut the bitterness

  33. garima says

    i love all ur recipes..u make cooking so easy by ur simple and detailed steps …also i love the pics u post of foods….i wil try this tmrw

  34. vidisha says

    I tried this recipe as mentioned, & it was just amazing. Me & my husband just loved it.
    Especially the visual narration of the recipe helps visualize the process much better.

  35. sammy says

    A very useful n easy recipe. Turned out to be really delicious!

    Thanks for sharing…had prepared it for the first time.

  36. Shadee H says

    Wonderful recipe!!! This was a lot easier than I had anticipated and was soooooo tasty!!
    I shared the recipes with my friends as many of them would like to make it too!

  37. Penny says

    Very good instructions. Spinach stayed bright green , cheese texture excellent. I adjusted spices slightly to what I had available, served with plain boiled Basmati rice and a small amount of mango chutney. Thank you for this recipe. I have saved your website and will definitely return for more ideas.

  38. Sandeep Kumar says

    Wow!! it turned up extremely good!!
    I dint have bay leaves…so i added some cinnamon and cloves!!

  39. anuzz says

    this is really so much tasty and we can enjoy with our family.
    the recepie is too easy to make by seeing the pictures instead of seeing the videos. last time i have tried paneer butter masala n evryone enjoyed it n i got amazing comments. now i will try palak paneer. i really liked your recepies .thank you vegrecepiesofinda.

  40. Amber says

    Just finished eating this and it was yummy! It was very close to my favorite restaurant’s palak paneer (they probably add way more cream and butter though!). I did a couple of things differently:

    1) I added a sprinkle of cinnamon.
    2) I pureed everything because my husband and I like it smooth.
    3) I used more than 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
    4) I only used 1 jalapeño pepper, which was plenty spicy for us

    This took me an hour to make but it was worth it. Hopefully next time I will be faster. I might add a spoonful of sugar whenever I make this again to cut some of the acid/bitterness from the tomatoes and spinach.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • says

      welcome amber. in india we don’t get spinach which is better. so it is a good idea to add some sugar. good to know that with all the variations the palak paneer turned well.

  41. Ashley says

    I’d like to make this for one of my relatives, but they have a severe stomach ailment that will not allow them to eat anything very spicy (on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being really spicy, they can have about a 2.5). I see that this recipe uses chilis and red chili powder. Where does this recipe fall on the 1 to 10 spicy range? Is there a way to cut down the spices (if needed) and still maintain the proper flavor? Thank you.

    • says

      Ashley, the dish is not spicy. i would rate it 3 in a scale of 1 to 10. but i suggest skip adding green chillies and red chilli powder… as people from different region will rate differently for spice factor.

  42. shruthigiridhar says

    It was a super hit breakfast with ur palak pander recipe. My son and myself loves palak paneer so much, but ur recipe tasted differently and everybody loved it. A big thanks :-)

  43. Gaurav says

    thanks for sharing this recipe..very easy to made and its very family loved it..😊😊

  44. John says

    Thanks a ton for the lovely recipe’s on your website,I am a big fan
    I have a query Can we use frozen Spinach instead of fresh ? I live in europe and sometimes it is very difficult to find fresh Palak.
    What is quantity of Palak in grams ?



    • says

      i would suggest adding fresh spinach. a reader had tried frozen spinach and the result was not good. i will be adding the quantity in grams when i buy spinach soon,

      • John says

        I can understand but i live in Denmark and here its very difficult to find fresh Palak and if we do find it it is very very costly,So i would still like to try the dish but with frozen Palak



  45. aakanksha says

    Hello Dasanna,

    I have been trying your recipes for a long time now. I have loved every single one of your recipes. I tried many palak paneer recipes and never did like any of them, until I tried your recipe above. Simply excellent!! You are and will be my go to person for trying out new recipes.

    Best Regards,


  46. rupamkhanna says

    hi…am new to your site.Kindly give me the measurement of the palak.How much is 1 bunch.Thanks

  47. Alison says

    This looks delicious. However I don’t know how much spinach to use… I have a 1lb plastic box of baby spinach. Can you tell me how many cups or how many ounces one bunch equals? Thanks!

  48. Priya says

    Super easy and came out excellent. The key I think is in grinding the ginger, garlic and green chillies with the spinach. Thanks!

  49. Manas Bagchi says

    Very tasty, but if u give what amount or weight of ingredients of Vegetable its Very easy. Thank you.

    • says

      when i posted this recipe, i did not have a measuring scale, so not taken the weight. probably when i make the next time, i will try to measure the weight and update too.

  50. sonya says

    Thank you for responding to my question. I tried this recipe exactly as is and it turned out wonderfully delicious. I must say better than I have tried in any restaurant in the US. Thank you again for all the awesome recipes.

  51. sonya says

    Hello, Thank you for sharing this recipe. I plan to make this for a Friday evening party the day before. You think this will taste as good as fresh?

  52. Sunita says

    I love ur website. I use it quite often. The pictures r very helpful. The fact that u hv a virtual and written recipe is excellent. And the dishes I hv cooked has always turned out really well. Thank you

  53. nimitha says

    This was the tastiest palak paneer I ever had. Thanks to your site, I make north Indian curries at home(I’m a malayali but both I and husband loves Punjabi and other north Indian recipes). In fact, if I want to try a recipe I do it without any hesitation if its there in your site.thanks again for this wonderful site, I don’t have to search for a good recipe anywhere else:-)

  54. Neelima says

    Everybody at home liked this recipe very much and nothing was left after dinner. Just that I added a pinch of roasted methi powder to it. Thanks

  55. Sivaram says

    I tried this way many times and also many combinations but I am not happy with the color. The green color vanishes completely. Is there any way to retain the fresh greenish color

  56. Vibha says

    Very nice recipe.but sometime my spinach becomes bitter after blanching n sometime perfectly fine.what could be the reason.plz help me as it spoils the taste of complete dish

    • says

      not sure what is the reason for spinach becoming bitter. i have never faced this issue ever. possibly you can source the spinach leaves from a different vendor or shop.

    • swissik says

      The only time I ever tasted bitter spinach was as a child and the homegrown spinach leaves were large, thick and somewhat bitter. My mother said that she waited too long before picking it. These days I only use organically grown baby spinach for all spinach recipes. Suggest that you purchase it from farmers’ markets, Costco, or Trader Joe’s, if you have access to any of these.

  57. Vinay Kumar says

    I am appreciating you for some different reason beside your recipe, for whom you have already got 5 star. The way you have explained every step s with supporting pictures is fantastic. Thanks a lot to take so much pain.

  58. tara dewan says

    I have to say I have used many of these recipes from this website and all I can say is Omg it’s like eating restaurant food with out all the preservatives or the price lol….my husband has never been so happy….only I found was with the palak paneer I needed to add a tbs of tomato puree and to us it tasted better…..even my 4 year old has never eaten so much food as compared to now since I have been following these recipes….

  59. Sindhu Jayaram says

    Dear Madame,

    Your recipe found to be easy to follow and the Palak Paneer turned out to be excellent and everyone at home appreciated as it tasted as perfect as from a north Indian kitchen!!!

    Best regards.

  60. priti says

    Hey yesterday my mum made palak paneer according to your recipe and it was yummmmyyyyy n i am now demanding various dishes to her n she is using this website for making them Thankyou

  61. monika says

    Hey dear,basically from india but since an year I’ve been living with my husband in brazil and most of indian items are unavailable here.even the language being different I coundnt find spinach from a long time and finally I found it ‘espenifre’ is its name here.I loved palak paneer but had never known cooking during my college days and when first time I made this recipe it came out to be fantastic.thankyou I have even tried other recipes of yours.they too came out to be good. Bye tc

    • says

      i can understand the difficulty when living abroad. and i know the local names can be so different. thanks for the feedback on palak paneer. i am glad it turned out so good for you, being the first time cooking.

  62. says

    Thanks for the recipe! I fell in love of Palak paneer few weeks ago, and I think about it every day! I will try your recipe soon, and all the recipes in this amazing blog! The pictures are so beautiful!

  63. says

    Well, Thank you for providing all the recipes which include Spinach puree. This helps those of us searching for family, religion, and heritage. Although many of us are from Rus, Taman Peninsula into Uzbek, we found our way to India (somehow) and the memory of this being cooked in the kitchen makes those feeding us a North India region. Thanks! (Now I can research them all).

  64. malathi says

    hi this is malathi I cook south Indian curry.for a change started to cook north Indian curry then I got your recipe paneer butter masala it tasted so yummy.. but as u said oil from pan did not come sides I stirred it for 20 mts but till it did not come out.. another one question alternative for cream can I use cashew paste

    • says

      thanks malathi. yes you can use cashew paste. you can see the oil. if you would have continued to cook further, you would have seen the oil. it also depends on which temperature you are cooking. you can have a look at this step by step paneer makhanwala post, to see the how the masala looks after sauting and how oil is seen at the sides. you can cashew paste as an alternative for cream.

  65. Meena says

    Hi Dassana, Thank u for posting such a great ad popular recipe…..i had a quick question….can i use sour cream instead of normal cream?

  66. Aparna says


    I am planning to make this receip today and want to know whether i can use the paneer got from the mall directly or is there any thing that i should do to cook panner before placing it in the palak gravy.

  67. shree says

    This recipe helped me in an emergency when I had to serve my guests with palak paneer

  68. Sandeep Gonivada says

    Thank you for the recipe. Enjoyed week-end with home made Palak Paneer and hot chapatis. It was so easy to follow…

  69. Lorne Berkovitz says

    Hello Dassana,

    I LOVE your website. My partner is Indian and he loves when I make your recipes. And the Palak paneer (I usually substitute chana) is one of his favourites. But I have a question. I use the asofeteida, but I really have no idea how it affects the flavour of a subji. If you could answer me this, I would be very grateful. And thanks so much for these wonderful and easy to prepare dishes.

    • says

      thanks lorne. asafoetida does give a flavor to the dish. it would be difficult to explain the kind of flavor. in this recipe of palak paneer, it gives a subtle flavor. asafoetida has a pungent garlicky flavor. so usually a pinch is added. in most recipes its added as it helps in digestion. i add asafoetida in all the indian lentils based dishes i make. also asafoetida is used as a substitute for onion and garlic. in most indian recipes which do not use onion and garlic, asafoetida is added as a substitute.

  70. AK SHARMA says

    Read it,cooked it…..served it and ate it too….really awesome….THANKS FOR PALAK PANEER RECIPIE….

  71. Stephen Sherrington says

    Hi guys, just made this and it absolutely delicious, great recipe, thank you x

  72. smrithi says

    thanks for the recipe.. i tried this step by step and this was toooooooo good.. thanks again!

  73. OnB says

    Well I tried this with frozen spinach and it came out really slimy. Not at all like I just had in Delhi last week… I think fresh spinach is required if I try this again. Every recipe from this site is better than every book I’ve ever used! Thanks and keep them coming. OnB

    • says

      fresh spinach and not frozen spinach. i freezed spinach once and i know what happens. so next time i would suggest you to use fresh spinach. thanks a lot.

  74. Anand says

    Nice recipe. Just a tip for all spinach lovers. The astringent taste of spinach is countered by the sweetness of the onions. If you use a pound of spinach you need a large onion (100 grams) which needs to be cooked till brown. The caramelized onion will be sweet will help in combating the astringent/bitter taste of spinach. The same effect is achieved when you add cream. Cream sweetens the gravy and gives it the thick texture. The sweetness of cream counters the astringent taste of spinach. Secondly the use of tomatoes is limited in palak paneer. Its main purpose is to give it the dish a little acidity which is served by adding a small-medium (~ 65 grams) tomato. Remember spinach has mild flavour and adding strong overpowering spices and flavours will not help bring out the taste of spinach. Lastly blanching spinach is a simple process of adding spinach leaves to boiling water (unsalted is fine as we do not want to increase the temperature of water for spinach). Timing is important. According to me 30 seconds to a minute is more than enough for blanching spinach. After all the gravy also cooks the spinach so under-cooked spinach is not a real risk in this dish.

    • says

      thanks a lot anand. you have mentioned all that i have mentioned here and there in bits in the comments and not in the actual post. i will update the post with your wise tips and suggestions soon :-)

  75. sreerupa sarkar says

    Big thank u for the recipe.. i tried it at home & the result was excellent.. my hubby kept licking his fingers..!

  76. Rachel says

    I don’t have paneer- could I use chickpeas and turn this recipe into Palak Chana or is the recipe too different?

    I am so excited to try it!

  77. sara says

    tanx 4 ur recipe it is easy but i want to know if i dont hv cream what should i use .

    • says

      you can add some milk. you can also add cashew paste or almond paste or finely powdered cashews and almond. cashew or almond paste has to be sauted before you add the spinach puree.

  78. Jenn says

    Awesome recipe! I’ve been wanting to make palak paneer for 3 years, and it has taken 3 years to find the courage because hubby has always said it is so difficult. I used a 1lb container of washed baby spinach and doubled the other ingredients (except the green chili). This was so easy and is restaurant worthy.

  79. sushma brahme says

    Never liked palak paneer but after preparing as per ur instruction loved it, not only d taste was gud but the color of palak was just like restaurants fell in love of palak paneer thnx for d delicious palak paneer

  80. Kay says

    Hi Dassana,
    accidentally landed on your site and tried some of your recipes. they are truly awesome. your palak panner just came out superb. Your clear explanation of ingredients and method are very encouraging.
    Thank you for posting.


  81. urmi says

    it was yummyyyyyyyyyyyy! it was very easy to follow with simple ingredients from the pantry.Thanks for a waonderful receipe

  82. smt.Khanolkar says

    I always like to see all these reciepies to learn new things and I enjoy making these reciepies. Thanks to all of them who have contributed to these reciepies.

  83. Poornima says

    This is the best recipe for palak paneer I have tried so far !!!!! Came out so good and delicious .

  84. Tejaswini says

    Hi Dassana,

    I tried this out today for the first time and I must say it came out really good !! :-) It was my first attempt at Palak Paneer and my husband who is not really a big fan of Palak, loved it!

    Thanks a lot for sharing it, it is one of the healthiest recipes!


  85. lubna says

    Hi dasana I love your recipes and also try your recipes. And the results are reallygood. I want to share an old recipe of my father and that one is not available on your website. But I can’t give you exactly amount of ingredients so please tell me how can I sendyou that recipe so you can try.

    • says

      thanks lubna. you can share the recipe. its alright if you don’t know the proportions. you can mail me at vegrecipesofindia(AT)gmail(DOT).com. please use the @ for (AT) and . for (DOT) in the email. the email is written this way to avoid spam emails.

  86. Michael Horkan says

    Thanks for the recipe! I want to try this but I’m wondering roughly how much spinach one should use?

  87. LAURA PRUITT says

    Great recipe! I love Palak Panee. Girrl Wednesday I went and bought every ingredient you listed. I couldnt go back to sleep 3am sat morn, this morning and made it exact! Delicious! Eating it for breakfast. Thanks4the recipe.

  88. Kashif says

    I recently tried this dish in restaurant in New York for the first time and loved it. Later, I decided to cook at home by using your recipe it turned out to be very delicious, thank you!

  89. Farah says

    Hi dassana

    Tried palak paneer recipe yesterday. It was perfection! My husband loved it and said it tasted better than that served in restaurants

    Thanks a lot. Gonna try your lazuli kofta recipe today

  90. Rumana Khan says

    Loved the recipe. The technique of adding the leaves to a bowl of cold water was fantastic. It did preserved the green colour. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe.

  91. Muneer says

    Wow..yummiest…it was surprisingly delicious palak paneer,my wife prepared as per your website.more tasty than what we get from restaurant .
    Thank you very much…for spreading the tasty ideas.

  92. ajithkumar says

    in the palak paneer recipe i did not understand the ingredient “creame”. please inform what is it.

    • says

      you will have to boil the spinach leaves very well. don’t add the stems. chop the leaves and cook them till they are softened completely. then using a a slightly medium to large holed strainer mash the leaves with a spoon or fork. you can also just mash with your fingers and no need to strain if the puree does not have any fibrous parts. the puree you get you can use that. but its too cumbersome to cook this way.

  93. Aishwarya Rohini says

    Hey Dassana, I’m a college student and I made this palak paneer. What I made doesn’t really taste like the restaurant paneer and I omitted some ingredients that I didn’t have on hand. Could you please tell me what ingredients were essential to make this restaurant style? I omitted using:
    1 bay leaf/tej patta
    1 or 2 tbsp cream
    2 tbsp oil or ghee or unsalted butter
    1 tsp kasuri methi leaves/dry fenugreek leaves (optional)

    I thought that the cream and butter were for consistency more than taste and I didn’t have a bay leaf. I didnt have kasuri methi either and it says optional so I didnt use it. Pls let me know what was an essential ingredient that altered the taste because I’d very much like to make this again. Thank you for sharing!!

    • says

      hi aishwarya,

      1: palak is somewhat bland and has a typical taste. adding bay leaf/tej patta brings some flavor and aroma in the otherwise bland palak puree. so better not to skip it. if tej patta is not there, then add some 2-3 cloves or 1/2 inch cinnamon.
      2: its also important to add cream as it balances the taste of the spinach and brings about a subtle sweetness in the dish. so i would not suggest to skip it either. you can also use malai. just whip it well and then add it to the palak paneer. if you are not adding cream, then 1 tbsp of maize flour (makki ka atta) or gram flour (besan) can be added. this will thicken the gravy as well as bring a light sweetness in the dish.
      3: some fat should be there. otherwise it will taste like a soup made without butter or oil.
      4: kasuri methi is not necessary. just to get the aroma in the dish.

      so next time when you make, don’t skip on the tej patta and cream. you can substitute with the ingredients that i have mentioned. they won’t give you a restaurant like taste, but the palak paneer will be good. also use oil or butter while making the palak paneer.

      • Manaz says

        I can’t wait to try this dish for my guests this weekend. I have never made palak paneer before. I just purchased a block of paneer. Can you please suggest what would compliment the palak best, lightly fried paneer, which does not require extra simmering/cooking or should I just add the paneer as it is and cook it into the curry? I have never used paneer before.
        I don’t have this spice- asafoetida (optional). I will use a cinnamon stick if I do not have Bay leaf available. Will whipping cream work? Can I add 3 TBSP of cream for extra richness? My mom replaces cream with mayonnaise, if she does not have cream available. It adds in that subtle sweetness. Would tomato paste instead of a fresh tomato taste better? I heard that tomato does not compliment palak. As for the butter, can I double the quantity suggested, as I am serving guests who love rich foods.
        Would you think that this quantity is sufficient for around 10 guests, with 8 other main course available.
        Would you happen to have a butter chicken recipe available.

        • says

          – lightly fried paneer tastes good. but at home we prefer to add paneer directly. but use a non stick pan while frying the paneer as otherwise they stick while frying.
          – if using cinnamon stick, then just add a small piece, about 0.5 to 1 inch. you don’t want the aroma of cinnamon to overwhelm the whole paneer dish. you can also add 2 to 3 cloves.
          – you can add 3 tbsp cream. i have never used whipping cream, so am afraid, i don’t how well it will work or not.
          – tomato paste is fine, but reduce the quantity. i always add tomatoes as it gives a slight tang in the dish, which won’t be there if you skip them.
          – you can double the butter.
          – this quantity is sufficient for 3-4 people only with this as the main course. i think it would suffice if there are 8 other main courses. but still you can make a little extra.
          – will email you the butter chicken recipe

  94. Radha Raghuram says

    Dear Dasanna,

    I am not the types who cook too often, but, off lately i have started to, since I have taken a break in my career. My hubby the other day said I am bored of this regular south indian food sambar rice and stuff, so make something in north Indian…(Verbatim).

    So thanks to google the first thing that came to mind was palak paneer, so, that’s it I googled & got Googleed though…Thanks a Ton!….awesome…the video helped me so much, I have my system in the room and I just can’t mobilize my wifi to kitchen I don’t get signal….so this video helped in pausing in each step and then …tada …my palak paneer comes out awesome.

    Thanks once again for this simple yet delicious recipe…looking forward for a lot more of such recipes of course with video please.

    Great writing to to you. Glad that I managed to search this on Google.

    Warm Wishes & Happy cooking!
    Radha Raghuram.

  95. #fm says

    Ur recipe is awesome! I loved it….I’ll make it fr my parents…thnx fr sharing dassana….:)
    Thnx again….luv,fm

  96. a says

    Nice blog your description is so good every layman can understand the cooking recipe.
    we expect more recipies like this. Thank you.

  97. Krithikamohan says

    I’ve tried all the above recipes since my hubby nd my mom(mother-in-law) love paneer. All the dishes were mouth lingering. I won their hearts for cooking such delicious dishes..

  98. swati says

    hi, i wanted u to post d recipe of besan ladoo which we get in market… i love besan ladoo… please….

  99. Brittney says

    This was amazing and pretty much identical to my favorite restaurant Shalimar. I am so pleased with this recipe, thank you so much!

  100. Nandita says

    Hi Dassana, I am unable to use the ‘reply’ link; nothing happens when i click on it, hence this new post. Thanks for both the suggestions, i will try them out soon for sure! Nandita

  101. parul says

    Also want to ask u…why didnt u use onion paste and tomato puree inspite of chopped….does it tastes different…??

  102. Nandita says

    Hi Dassana,

    I have 2 questions;

    When I made this dish, the tomatoes i used were ripe, but firm, so they do not blend and mashed up really well, I finally let the onion-tomato mixture cool a little and put it in the blender. Do you face the same problem or have any suggestions regarding the same?

    Also, I make Paneer at home just before making the curry, and have realised that the Paneer is super soft and nice when the curry (any curry) is warm / hot; however, when the dish cools down the paneer hardens. Is it supposed to happen with paneer? Or is it happening because i over cooking it?

    Thanks so much!

    • says

      hi nandita

      1: i never have any issue with tomatoes when making an onion-tomato based gravy. in india we get tomatoes which blend very well and become mushy and soft when cooking. i suggest you to add a pinch or two of salt when cooking tomatoes. it helps them to cook faster and also softens them. actually it depends upon the water content in the tomatoes. so when sauting, you can sprinkle some water and saute. this will also soften the tomatoes.

      2: with paneer, i have never faced this issue. even after the curry or sabzi cools down, the paneer cubes are still soft. i wonder what is causing this issue with the paneer. a suggestion would be to just cook the paneer for a minute after you add them. then you can see whether they harden when you do this way.

  103. Lauren says

    I’ve been playing around with home made Indian food for a couple years and just recently got serious about it. Your recipes have helped me perfect my techniques and make better food for my fiancé and myself. Most palak paneer recipes would tell you to use frozen spinach. Blanching the spinach is so, so much better. As much as I love my local Indian restaurant, being able to make my own curries at home is wonderful. Thanks for the awesome recipes!

  104. Melissa says

    This recipe was really awesome and my daughters and husband loved it. Thank you for sharing it.

  105. Gazelle says

    Thank you! This recipe turned out beautifully, even though I didn’t have all the spices. It’s definitely the most time consuming recipe I’ve ever used, but I grew up American (ie, I didn’t cook and neither did my family!). Delicious!!! To those of you who have never cooked, don’t be afraid to try this! I’ll definitely be making this at least twice a month.

    • says

      thanks gazelle for writing such a positive feedback. i am sure it will inspire more readers to try this delicious palak paneer recipe.

  106. anuradha says

    Dear Dassanaji,

    I have cooked a whole bunch of dishes following your recipes and videos and they have all been GREAT! Thank you so much. I follow quite a few indian cooking blogs and yours is my favourite! Well, rushing off to make your palak paneer recipe…..again! 😀 p.s. yes, it also tastes awesome with tofu.
    Love and many thanks from Hamburg, Germany, Anuradha.

    • says

      dear anuradha ji
      thanks for writing such a motivating comment.
      it helps me as well as other blog readers to try the recipes.

  107. Anam says

    You are an inspiration! I hated cooking but with your help, i have started relishing the pure culinary joys… your palak paneer is so simple but delicious!!! tried and tested like so many others! :) thanks!