(no onion no garlic) palak paneer recipe, palak paneer without onion garlic

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palak paneer recipe - no onion no garlic

very easy and tasty recipe of palak paneer made without onion and garlic. 

4.5 from 4 votes
total time:
40minutes

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe with step by step photos – very easy and tasty palak paneer recipe made without onion and garlic.

palak paneer recipe no onion no garlic

since its navratri fasting, sharing a no onion no garlic recipe. during navratri some folks keep a proper phalahar fasting and do not include grains, cereals, lentils in their food. whereas some folks do eat regular food but without onion and garlic. if you want to make palak paneer on regular days then you can also check these delicious variations:

  1. palak paneer recipe
  2. palak paneer bhurji
  3. palak paneer kathi rolls
  4. palak paneer kofta recipe
  5. restaurent style palak paneer recipe.

even without onion and garlic, this palak paneer tastes good. whole spices are added which give a nice aroma to the palak paneer. i have also added asafoetida which mimics the flavor of onion and garlic. i have not added tomatoes in the recipe. but if you want you can add 1 tomato. cashews are also added which gives some creaminess and smoothness in the gravy and balances the slight bitter flavor of spinach.

on some days like ekadashi, chaturthi and festivals like navratri and mahashivratri, i prepare food without onion and garlic. few of the popular no onion no garlic recipes on blog are paneer butter masala, pav bhaji, aloo gobi, palak dalaloo matar and dal khichdi recipe.

you can serve palak paneer with steamed rice, peas pulao or masala rice or with tandoori rotis or phulka or jeera paratha or naan.

if you are looking for more paneer recipes then do check matar paneer, kadai paneer, paneer bhurji, paneer pasanda and methi malai paneer recipe.

palak paneer recipe - no onion no garlic
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no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

very easy and tasty recipe of palak paneer made without onion and garlic. 
course main course
cuisine north indian, punjabi
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 10 minutes
total time 40 minutes
servings 4
rough calories per serving 247 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for spinach puree

  • 4 cups tightly packed spinach OR 185 grams spinach (palak)
  • 3.5 cups hot water, for blanching spinach
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • ½ inch ginger, chopped OR ½ teaspoon roughly chopped ginger
  • 10 to 12 cashews (kaju)
  • ¼ cup hot water, for soaking cashews

other ingredients for palak paneer

  • 2 tablespoons ghee or oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 4 cloves (lavang)
  • 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 1 to 2 single mace strands (javitri)
  • 1 dry red chili (sookhi lal mirch)
  • 1 generous pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ teaspoon kasuri methi (dry methi leaves)
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger (adrak)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon sugar or add as required
  • ½ to ⅔ cup water or add as required
  • salt as required
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 200 grams paneer, chopped in cubes
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder

how to make no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

blanching and grinding spinach puree

  1. first soak cashews in hot water for 20 to 30 minutes.

  2. meanwhile rinse 4 cups tightly packed spinach very well and then drain the excess water.

  3. heat 3.5 cups water till it starts boiling. switch off the flame and then add the spinach leaves. let the spinach leaves blanch in the hot water for 2 minutes.

  4. then with the help of tongs remove the leaves and place them in a grinder jar. you can even strain the blanched leaves in a colander/strainer and then add them to the blender jar.

  5. next add chopped green chilies, roughly chopped ginger and the soaked cashews in the grinder jar.

  6. grind to a smooth puree. there should be no bits of cashews in the puree. keep aside. 

making palak paneer gravy without onion garlic

  1. heat 2 tablespoons ghee or oil in a pan. keep the flame to a low when adding spices, so that they do not get burnt.

  2. add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and let them crackle. 

  3. then add 1 tej patta, 1 inch cinnamon, 4 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, 1 or 2 single strands of mace, 1 dry red chili and a generous pinch of asafoetida.

  4. stir well. 

  5. then add ¼ teaspoon dry methi leaves or kasuri methi (crushed) and ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger. mix very well and saute till raw aroma of ginger goes away.

  6. next add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and ¼ teaspoon red chili powder. mix well.

  7. now add the spinach puree and mix very well.

  8. season with salt as per taste.

  9. then add ¼ to ½ teaspoon sugar.

  10. add ½ to ⅔ cup water or add as required. mix very well.

  11. on a low to medium flame simmer the gravy for 6 to 7 minutes. stir at intervals. 

  12. then add ¼ to ½ teaspoon lemon juice. ½ teaspoon lemon juice makes palak paneer slightly sour and the tang is felt. so you can add accordingly. mix well.

  13. then add paneer cubes and ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder. if you want you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons cream at this step.

  14. stir very well and cook for a minute.

  15. serve palak paneer hot or warm with steamed rice, peas pulao, jeera rice or with chapatis, phulkas or naan.

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how to make no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

blanching and grinding spinach puree:

1. first soak 10 to 12 cashews in ¼ cup hot water for 20 to 30 minutes.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

2. meanwhile rinse 180 grams spinach (4 cups tightly packed spinach) very well and then drain the excess water.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

3. heat 3.5 cups water till it starts boiling. switch off the flame and then add the spinach leaves. let the spinach leaves blanch in the hot water for 2 minutes.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

4. then with the help of tongs remove the leaves and place them in a grinder jar. you can even strain the blanched leaves in a colander/strainer and then add them to the blender jar.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

5. next add 1 green chili (chopped), ½ teaspoon roughly chopped ginger and the soaked cashews in the grinder jar.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

6. grind to a smooth puree. there should be no bits of cashews in the puree.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

preparing palak paneer gravy:

7. heat 2 tablespoons ghee or oil in a pan. keep the flame to a low when adding whole spices, so that they do not get burnt.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

8. add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and let them crackle.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

9. then add 1 tej patta, 1 inch cinnamon, 4 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, 1 or 2 single strands of mace, 1 dry red chili and a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing).

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

10. stir well.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

11. then add ¼ teaspoon dry methi leaves or kasuri methi (crushed) and ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger. mix very well and saute till raw aroma of ginger goes away.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

12. next add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and ¼ teaspoon red chili powder.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

13. mix well.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

14. now add the spinach puree.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

15. mix very well.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

16. season with salt as per taste.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

17. then add ¼ to ½ teaspoon sugar.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

18. add ½ to ⅔ cup water or add as required.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

19. mix very well.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

20. on a low to medium flame simmer the gravy for 6 to 7 minutes. stir at intervals.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

21. then add ¼ to ½ teaspoon lemon juice. ½ teaspoon lemon juice makes palak paneer slightly sour and the tang is felt. so add accordingly. mix well.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

22. then add paneer cubes and ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder. if you want, you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons cream at this step.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

23. stir very well and cook for a minute.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

24. serve palak paneer hot or warm with steamed rice or veg pulao or kuska biryani or jeera rice or saffron rice or garam masala rice or with chapatis or plain paratha or naan.

no onion no garlic palak paneer recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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6 comments/reviews

  1. Thank you for this recipe!
    As I have IBS and try to stick to low FODMAPS at the moment this is the ideal recipe, because onions and garlic are a no-no with IBS!

    • Welcome Susan

  2. Is there a way to do this without cashews? I’m allergic. I love palak paneer (and other Indian cuisine) but it’s difficult for me to eat because I’m allergic to tomatoes and onions. Thanks for posting!

    • Calee, you can use almond instead of cashews. just blanch the almonds in hot water for 30 minutes and then grind it with spinach. i hope you are not allergic to almonds.

  3. really u r great..such a hard work..best wishes..

    • Thanks Radhi

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