Spinach Soup (Palak Soup)

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Spinach soup or Palak soup is a wonderfully flavorful, comforting, and healthy dish. It’s made with simple, wholesome ingredients for a highly nutritious soup. Here you’ll find step-by-step instructions with photos (and video) for how to make my easy one-pot palak soup.

overhead shot of spinach soup topped with coconut cream in two white bowls and two white spoons placed on a black board

About This Spinach Soup

Spinach (palak) has long been known as an incredibly healthy “supergreen” ingredient. Raw spinach is a low-calorie food packed with essential nutrients like iron, calcium, and vitamin K.

But although spinach is healthful, not everyone is fond of its flavor. However, if cooked properly and seasoned well these nutritious greens really can make a fan of even the staunchest spinach critics.

This spinach soup, for example, is an easy and delicious way to include leafy greens in your diet. Flavorful aromatics are sauteed with fresh spinach, then made faintly thick and mildly sweet with chickpea/gram flour. The soup is seasoned beautifully so that every spoonful has a wonderful – and not overwhelming – taste of earthy, savory spinach.

I use an immersion blender to get the palak soup perfectly creamy, and the recipe is therefore a one-pot dish as well! Consider topping the soup with some coconut cream like I have done to make it an even healthier vegan spinach soup.

I love to make various Soup Recipes and they are so comforting and healthier during colder days. Sipping a mug of steaming hot soup is like a warm hug during winters.

Continue reading for the full recipe and video for how to make my favorite, ridiculously simple, bright and flavorful spinach soup from scratch!

spinach soup drizzled with coconut cream on top in two white bowls and two white spoons placed next to bowls on a black board
Step-by-Step Guide

How to Make Palak Soup (Spinach Soup)

Prepping Spinach

1. First rinse some spinach leaves (palak) very well in water. Drain all the water.

rinsed spinach leaves in a bowl

2. Then chop and set them aside. Measure and you will need 2 cups of chopped spinach.

chopped spinach on white plate

Sautéing Aromatics

3. Heat 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of oil in a saucepan or kadai. Add bay leaf and sauté for 2 to 3 seconds.

Note that instead of bay leaf you can also use tej patta (Indian bay leaf).

bay leaf in oil

4. Then add ¼ teaspoon of chopped garlic cloves. Saute on low heat until the garlic is lightly browned. Be careful to not burn the garlic or it will taste bitter.

adding garlic to the bay leaf in a saucepan

5. Then add ¼ cup chopped onions. Sauté stirring often until the onions are softened.

adding red onions to the pan

6. Add the chopped spinach, about 2 cups. Stir, and season with ¼ teaspoon black pepper and salt to taste.

adding freshly chopped spinach and crushed black pepperto the pan

7. Now add 1 tablespoon besan or gram flour. You can also use chickpea flour or all-purpose flour or cornmeal instead.

adding gram flour to spinach in pan

8. Combine and stir to mix well.

spinach and other ingredients mixed in pan

Cooking Palak Soup Mixture

9. Next pour 2 cups of water into the pot. For a more flavorful soup opt to add vegetable stock instead of water.

adding water to the pan

10. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-low to medium heat.

cooking spinach soup mixture

11. After the soup mixture comes to a boil, simmer for 3 to 4 minutes on low to medium-low heat.

simmering palak soup

12. Add ¼ teaspoon of ground cumin powder. Mix again.

ground cumin added to spinach soup

13. Switch off the heat and remove the pot from the burner, and let the soup mixture cool slightly.

spinach soup cooling

14. Before blending remove the bay leaf from the soup mixture.

removing bay leaf with a fork from the soup

Making Spinach Soup

15. Once the soup has cooled, use either an immersion blender or hand blender to blend until smooth. You can also use a standing blender or mixer-grinder and work in batches if needed. Just be sure the soup has dropped to a temperature that’s safe for whatever equipment you use.

If the soup looks a bit thick, then add ¼ cup water and stir. The consistency should be smooth, and slightly thin.

blending soup with an immersion blender

16. Turn the stovetop heat back on to medium, and bring the palak soup to a gentle simmer. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Before serving check the seasonings. Add more salt and pepper if needed.

blended smooth palak soup simmering

17. Pour in soup bowls and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of coconut cream. Sprinkle some crushed black pepper if needed. A topping of bread croutons also tastes good with this soup.

spinach soup in a bowl with a drizzle of coconut cream on top

18. Serve Spinach soup hot or warm as a starter or as a light dinner with a side of any vegetable salad. You can also serve this soup as an entree with a main course of any baked dish or pasta or simple rice-based dish like pulao or pilaf.

overhead shot of palak soup drizzled with coconut cream on top in a white bowl on a black board


FAQs

How should I garnish spinach soup?

Add freshly cracked pepper, or a pinch of crushed red pepper for some heat. For a non-vegan version you can also grate on some paneer or other cheese, or add a dollop of low-fat cream before serving. Make this a heartier soup by adding cooked macaroni.

What should I serve with palak soup?

Enjoy a warm bowl of this soup with crusty bread or crackers for dipping. It’s great to serve with a fresh green salad for lunch or a light dinner.

Can this recipe be doubled?

Yes, this soup is easy to prepare in larger quantities! As-is this will serve 2 people. Double or even triple the recipe for however many servings you need.

How long do leftovers keep well?

Stored in an airtight container leftover spinach soup without the coconut cream will keep well for up to 2 days.

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overhead shot of spinach soup drizzled with coconut cream and sprinkled with crushed black pepper in white bowl on a black board

Spinach Soup (Palak Soup)

Spinach soup is a wonderfully flavorful, comforting, and healthy dish. It’s made with simple, wholesome ingredients for a highly nutritious soup.
4.82 from 54 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Indian
Course Side Dish
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 2
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped spinach (palak)
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • ¼ teaspoon chopped garlic or 2 to 3 small to medium-sized garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon gram flour or chickpea flour – swap with cornmeal or all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin (cumin powder)
  • 1 bay leaf – small sized, swap with tej patta (Indian bay leaf)
  • 2 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 1 or 1.5 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper or add as required
  • salt as required
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons coconut cream for topping, optional
  • 2 to 3 pinches of crushed black pepper – optional

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • First rinse the spinach leaves very well in water a few times. Then drain all the water.
  • Chop the spinach leaves and keep aside. If the stems are tender, you can use these too.

Sautéing and cooking spinach soup mixture

  • Heat oil in a sauce pan. Add the bay leaf and sauté for 2 to 3 seconds
  • Now add the chopped garlic and sauté till the garlic is light browned or browned. Don't burn the garlic.
  • Sauté the garlic on a low heat. Add chopped onions and sauté till the onions are softened.
  • Add the chopped spinach. Stir and season with black pepper and salt.
  • Now add the besan or gram flour. Mix well.
  • Pour 2 cups water and mix again.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add ground cumin and stir well.
  • Switch off the heat and let the soup mixture cool a bit.

Making spinach soup

  • When the soup mixture's heat has reduced or has become warm, then blend with a hand blender or in a blender until smooth. 
  • Remove the bay leaf while blending.
  • Check the seasonings and add some more salt or pepper if required.
  • If the soup looks thick, then add about ¼ cup water and stir.
  • Keep the well blended soup back on the stove for simmering for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Serve spinach soup hot sprinkled with some freshly crushed black pepper and coconut cream.

Video

Notes

  • Use tender, fresh spinach. You can also use baby spinach or frozen spinach. For frozen spinach thaw the leaves first. Once the leaves are thawed press and squeeze all of the water from the leaves. 
  • If the stems are tender, you can use these. But if they are fibrous or stringy, then discard the stems and use the leaves only. 
  • For the oil you can use any neutral tasting oil and even olive oil. For a vegetarian spinach soup, you can add butter. 
  • This is a thin light soup. To thicken the soup you need to add some form of starch in it. Add some chopped potatoes – about ¼ to ⅓ cup to the soup mixture. First add potatoes and water. Cook until potatoes are almost done. Then add the spinach leaves and simmer until the leaves are wilted. You can also add some carrots to the soup but with carrots, the soup will have a sweet taste. 
  • This recipe is for two servings. But can be easily scaled up to make a big batch. 
  • The soup stays good for 1 to 2 days in the fridge. You can also freeze for a few weeks without the coconut cream.
  • A topping of bread croutons also tastes good with this palak soup. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Spinach Soup (Palak Soup)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Sodium 622mg27%
Potassium 300mg9%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2828IU57%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Vitamin E 3mg20%
Vitamin K 158µg150%
Calcium 54mg5%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 82µg21%
Iron 2mg11%
Magnesium 42mg11%
Phosphorus 55mg6%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This spinach soup recipe from the blog archives first published in July 2013 has been updated with better photos and video on 12 August 2021.

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108 Comments

  1. Under your guidance,we are made mostly receipes ,now we stopped to purchase (parcel) or eating out.Thanks.

  2. Your every dishes..I already made at home..n I love your receipe… specially my husband like your palak soup..5 stars

    1. thanks sarita for the positive reviews on the recipes you have tried and the palak soup recipe. glad to read them. happy cooking.

  3. Hi Dassana! I have been converted to Vegan recently. It was very difficult to eat vegan recipes of other countries (fitness based recipes), when I had the taste buds familiar with South indian recipes.

    Your website helped me to fulfill my fitness journey in a good way for the past 6 months!

    Regarding the recipe, its fantastic, just added sesame seeds as a garnish!

  4. Nice and easy recipe but i would like to know which ingredient makes Sodium reading high. As per nutrition chart it is 1196 (50%) which is i believe very high. Even ready made soups have lower sodium. I assume serving size is medium size bowl- 250-500 grams.4 stars

    1. thanks snehal. i calculated the nutrition data again. not sure what was giving this error of such a high sodium content. after calculating it again, the sodium content has become 39 now. thanks for letting me know about this. i have changed it in the recipe card also.

      1. Hey, thank for quick reply. New number make more sense.. I am going to try your recipe today and will share experience. I am sure it is going to taste well. thank you again and keep sharing healthy recipes. I am newbie to kitchen and want to eat healthy food.

        1. welcome snehal. yes it does make sense. sure do share and i hope the recipe goes well for you. already i have shared many healthy recipes on website and will definitely try to add more.

  5. Have made several recipes from your blog, but this is the first time I’m commenting. The soup turned out perfect, and the besan was a touch of genius!

    Thanks for this treasure trove of never-fail recipes – much appreciated and often referred to!

    1. Welcome Mekhola. Glad to read your positive words full of appreciation. Thanks for your positive feedback on recipes.

  6. It’s very tasty and I liked it very much. Just one small query, can we use any other flour instead of besan or gram flour?Do you have any option??

  7. Tried this today. It turned out awesome. Perfect consistency – exactly like Restaurants.
    Your picture tutorial helps a great deal… Thanks for sharing your talent with us 🙂5 stars

  8. I love palak soup but was never able to cook like restaurant.. I followed this video today and the soup tastes amazing and just like restaurant.. 🙂
    Thank you dassana

    1. thanks shweta for this positive feedback on the palak soup recipe. welcome 🙂

  9. always thanks dassana for awesome recipes and this time to helpful video too. I added yellow corn flour and soup was very creamy.keep posting.

    1. thanks vandita and welcome. yellow corn flour or maize flour is a healthy ingredient that can be used for thickening soups.

  10. Hi Dassana, I tried this soup today and it was amazing! I often follow your recipes because your instructions are almost perfect and the dish usually turns out very well. Your recipes are a valuable resource to refer to, please keep up your excellent work!5 stars

  11. I tried this palak soup yesterday and it was amazing, very tasty and very nutritional. Everyone at my home liked it.5 stars

    1. thanks a lot madeeha for sharing positive review on the recipe. nice to know that everyone at your home liked the soup.

  12. My entire family liked this yummy soup. Thanks for sharing such delicious receipies.5 stars

  13. Loved the recipe.. cooked it today.. I love soups.. and I never knew that spinach can taste so good.. Liked bottled gourd soup too.. I love being healthy but as it does not taste good..I was not able to continue the healthy diet.. thanks to you…you made it possible… 🙂
    Please post some more healthy and vegan recipes..5 stars

    1. glad you liked the spinach soup 🙂 and thanks for positive views! you are always welcome.

  14. Had a comforting warm bowl of soup…honestly when I saw ingredients I thought it will be a normal one..but outcome had a punch..planning to make it for guests5 stars

  15. I’ve never had a more delicious spinach soup. I was so happy to find a recipe that is suitable for vegans. So many spinach dishes are full of cream and butter. I found this recipe by accident and I’m so glad I decided to try it. I am making my third pot tonight!
    I have also learned a great tip of using a coffee grinder to grind whole spices. I never realized it was easy to do that. I bought a grinder just to use for spices for my Indian dishes. I now grind cumin seeds into powder and it tastes and smells amazing when you grind it fresh. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I know I will enjoy it over and over. Peace and blessing to you!5 stars

    1. very pleased to know this 🙂 glad we could help you a bit in your cooking. thank you for your kind and positive feedback. god bless you too.

  16. Thanks Dassana and Amit . I tried this recipe today, but substituted the garlic with a generous pinch of asafoetida and a little yellow capsicum, because we don’t use garlic . It turned out great and a big thanks to your recipe. Everyone loved it ?..keep up the good work!5 stars

    1. thanks ranjitha for the positive feedback. yes asafoetida can be substituted for garlic. it taste good and the absence of garlic is not felt.

  17. really nice recipe! I love spinach and I loved the soup.. thanks for sharing the recipe.. 🙂

  18. Thanks a lot for this soup recipe. The addition of besan in this recipe really gives the soup a different and tasty flavour. My little son finished a bowl of this soup mixed with some rice and wanted more.5 stars

    1. glad to know your son liked the palak soup 🙂 thankyou for your kind words and you are welcome.

  19. Hats off to you Amit. I have become a fan of your easy to make and very tasty recipes. Keep up the good work.5 stars

  20. I love most of your recipes especially paneer recipes. But step by step pictures are missing in some recipes.

    1. thanks neela. in some recipes they are missing. i am updating slowly all these recipe with step by step pics.

    2. pleased to know this neela will try posting step by step in those recipes too thanks.

  21. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this soup recipe…..
    It is definitely going to be prepared quite frequently at home from now on…
    Thanks again for helping us incorporate spinach in daily diet in such a yummy way….

  22. I just loved this spinach soup recipe. I would like to remain in touch for more!

    Regards,

    Savita4 stars

  23. its awesome and easy to prepare.Thank you so much
    It was worth it . My 3yr old daughter liked it a lot & not enough of it.4 stars

  24. Hi Dassana!

    I tried this so thought of sharing it here.

    I chopped Tomatoes, Onion & Green Chillies and boiled for 10 Mins. Simultaneously you can boil palak as well.. mix everything together and blend it.

    heat butter in a pan and add garlic into it.. and then add the palak tomato onion puree to it..then add milk and bring it to boil..

    Tastes good.. 🙂

    Regards!

    1. anamika, kale i have never tried in soups.. so can’t say. but silver beet should work.

  25. Hi dassana, I was jus wondering if we need to keep the bay leaf also while blending.

    1. its there in the video. i missed adding in the recipe details. thanks. i have updated now.

  26. It looks yummy and easy to make, I will definitely try this. Besan instead of corn flour is best option. Pls post recipes which contains more Vegetables and easy to make. My iron is very low. So doctor told me to eat more iron contain vegetables. Thanks in advance.5 stars

  27. Soup turned out awsum ..
    Tku for d recipes .. Luv all ur recipes ..
    Love d way u write n explain recipe ..5 stars

    1. welcome ritu. thanks for sharing positive feedback on spinach soup recipe.

  28. Hi dassana, i have tried at least a dozen of ur recipes.n they always are delicious n foolproof.unfortunately this palak soup recipe hasn’t turned out well.maybe i made some mistake.anyways keep up the good work. Cud u pls post some recipes for babies n toddler. Thank u.2 stars

    1. thanks priyanka. let me know what happened. i have got quite a number of requests for toddler recipes. i have a few in drafts and will update in some time.

  29. Dear Dassana

    HATSOFF TO YOU!!!!!!
    This soup is amazingly super simple yet yummiest of any palak soup i’ve ever tasted…..
    Honestly i am very uncomfortable with Palak……
    and after seeing this recipe i was not really sure whether it will be good or not…
    i wanted to add tomatoes to it…..
    but THANK GOD!!!!!!!!
    i did not add or leave anything but simply followed your recipe…….
    And now i am hooked to it…….
    amazing awesome yum…..m falling short of adjectives der….
    thanks for making me love Love PALAK..
    Can’t thank you enough……
    still
    THANKS A TON!!!!!!
    regards
    jaya5 stars

    1. welcome jaya and big thanks for this positive feedback. glad to know that you loved the soup so much.

  30. Thanks for the recipe! It was really tasty and one i will use again in the future. Its hard to find a good palak soup recipe without milk for people like me who cannot tolerate milk well.4 stars

  31. Thanks dear…
    Will definately update U on every recipe which I will try from this best blog…
    N I have already share this site with my sisters n sister in laws from both side 🙂
    Regards
    🙂

  32. Hello Dassana,

    Day before yesterday only I informed U abt chat recipe n it was very good as I told U.Hubby had it uncontrollably n since yesterday digestion issue U know…. But again ir recipe comes into rescue. Palak soup n bottelgourd soup.. Oh what a lovely taste…Thank U so much.. Till date I was nt sure if I can make such a gd soup..bt credit goes to U… Thanks once again.. One more thing I had kept the peels of bottelgourd in the fridge,;).. Kindly help with chutuney recipe.. Will try that also n update U…
    Again one more thing, U R spending so much time as well as money to maintain this site.. Is there anything in which we can help U…
    sorry for long review….

    Regards,
    🙂

    1. welcome sujata and big thanks for this positive feedback. we appreciate it. right now i don’t have the proportion for the chutney recipe. if i make it then i can tell you. i appreciate your concern and touched by it. we do spend a lot of time, energy and money on the blog. but at the same time we also earn some money from the ads which are there on the blog. so it balances. if you like then you can share the blog or recipes with your friends and relatives. you are welcome to ask any query on recipes… or share any feedback on recipes or blog. happy cooking.

  33. nice recipe of palak soup, I have made it for me, of course fist time I tried but it is good, Now I can make this soup for my family members4 stars

  34. nice receipe of soup thank u so much searching more n variety in veg soup if u have plz mail it once again thank u so much for tasty receipe4 stars

  35. Dassana,

    Can you please post receipe for healthy broccoli soup.Thanks in advance

  36. wawooooo….
    palak soup, I am like to make this because your trick is very simple to made this tasty. I am trying it on my week end.

  37. Video is really helpful, I have never added besan to the soup, will prepare this for Ansh :)!

  38. hi, video is good as recipe. tried yesterday evening . got one more type of palak soup. yhank u.

  39. The idea of adding Besan to this Soup is just brill, I usually add Corn flour and cream to it which obviously is no good to health. But this one seems way better .. Good video Dassana,