Palak Paneer ( Spinach and Cottage Cheese) is one of the tastiest dishes made with Paneer and is quite a popular dish in the northern parts of India. Paneer consumption in India is said to have started in Punjab, but today, it is relished by people in almost all parts of India.
The migration of people between states has also led to a food revolution in the country and introduced people to its rich food diversity. It is common now that dosa and idly are made in north Indian homes while the south Indians try parathas and dal makhani. While the people from the east are trying the dhoklas and theplas from the west, the people from the west are trying the momos and thukpas!
In line with this massive change in eating habits because of increased access to different foods, paneer is one ingredient that has penetrated many households in India. Dishes made with paneer are a favorite amongst vegetarians as it is tasty and also a great source of protein. Paneer is served during parties, functions, and family dinners. Many delicious dishes like Matar Paneer, Paneer Makhni, Paneer Kofta, and Butter Paneer are commonly made in restaurants, dhabas, and homes. People are continuing to innovate and create new delicacies every day. Such is the popularity of paneer that it has found its way into the Indian versions of Pasta, Pizzas, and Noodles.
When I moved to Germany 3 years back, I wasn’t sure that paneer would be available in this European country. But to my pleasant surprise, it is easily available even in the smallest Indian stores in my city. And, sometimes, when it is not available, I make it at home with fresh milk. The process is simple and doesn’t take much time.
Today, I am sharing with you a simple recipe for Palak Paneer. In this dish, Spinach and Paneer are combined with a couple of Indian spices to make a delicious dish that can be paired with Roti, Paratha, or rice. In restaurants, a much richer version of this dish is made. However, what I am sharing with you today, is a simple recipe I make in my home. It is quick, easy, not overly rich, yet delicious and comforting.
So, let’s start.
Ingredients needed for making Palak Paneer:
- Paneer: 250 gm ( cut into cubes)
- Spinach: 500 gm ( washed and chopped if you are using big spinach. I used baby spinach, so I added them without chopping)
- Salt: To taste
- Turmeric Powder: 1 teaspoon
- Red Chili Powder: 1 teaspoon
- Coriander Powder: 1 tablespoon
- Garam Masala: 1 teaspoon
- Green Chilies : 3-4 ( roughly chopped)
- Onion: 2 Big ( 1 sliced and 1 finely chopped)
- Tomato: 1 medium-sized ( finely chopped)
- Ginger ( finely chopped): 1 tablespoon
- Garlic ( finely chopped): 1 tablespoon
- Unsalted Butter: 2 tablespoons
- Ghee: 1 tablespoon
- Oil: 1 teaspoon
- Fresh Cream: 2 tablespoons
Recipe for making Palak Paneer:
- Take a pan and heat the oil. Add Green chilies, followed by one onion ( that has been cut into large slices). Once the onions become translucent, add washed spinach and fry everything together for 5-10 minutes.
- Then take out the mixture and let it cool. Once it is cooled, grind it into a paste.
- Take a pan ( you can use the same pan in which you had fried the onions and spinach). Heat butter and ghee. Add ginger and garlic and fry on high heat for about 2 minutes.
- Now add finely chopped onions and fry till they turn translucent.
- Now add finely chopped tomatoes.
- Add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and garam masala. Reduce the heat, put the lid and let it cook till the fat is released.
- Now add paneer and fry everything together for 2 minutes.
- Then add the Spinach-onion-chili puree and cook for about 5 minutes, with a lid, and at low/medium heat.
- Before serving, garnish with fresh cream
- Serve with Roti or Rice or Paratha.
Some notes for my readers in Germany:
- I have used blattspinat ( Spinach) in this recipe. This variety of spinach is close in taste to Indian Spinach.
- If you want to make this recipe quick, you can skip using fresh spinach and buy Rahm Spinat. It is a combination of spinach and cream, therefore, if you use this, you can skip adding fresh spinach and fresh cream.
- I have used shop-bought Paneer in this recipe. However, you can even make it at home using fresh milk.
- Read my articles about Ghee and Salt so that you source the right products from the supermarket.
Check out more recipes from my kitchen here.
Also, read about identifying and understanding other products in German Supermarkets here.