Apr 22 2014

Palak Paneer / Cottage Cheese in Indian Spinach Gravy

Published by at 5:22 pm under General,Indian Cuisine,Main Meal,Vegetarian

Palak Paneer / Cottage Cheese in Indian Spinach Gravy

Palak Paneer / Cottage Cheese in Indian Spinach Gravy

Palak paneer or cottage cheese in Indian spinach gravy is an Indian dish which is very popular among the Indian vegetarians. Some people believe that this dish is originally from Punjab or North India. In many homes in India, there are different versions on cooking this dish. In some homes, people also add some vegetables into it such as carrot, french beans, cauliflower, sweet corn.

When the first time I came to live in India, it was quite difficult for me to adjust with the heavy curry of Indian food. Palak paneer was my one of the first few favorite foods beside the tandoori. In this dish, the spinach is pureed first before adding in the cooking, this gives the soft gravy textures and really a wonderful combination with the paneer which is soft and creamy.

This is my version of palak paneer recipe which I have adjusted according to my palate as Indonesian.

How to make:


  •  100 grams paneer or cottage cheese
  • About 100 grams spinach leaves – boiled and blender to make a puree
  • Half cup boiled sweet corn (optional)
  • 1 pcs onion – make a paste
  • 1 cms ginger – make a paste
  • 1 big size tomato – make a puree using blender
  • Half tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • a sprinkle of sugar
  • Salt to taste – in this recipe I use about half tsp of salt
  • 2 tbs oil

How to make:

  • Heat oil in the pan
  • Add the onion paste and ginger paste until it turned brown
  • Add the tomato puree and cook until it is thickened
  • Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder and chili powder
  • Saute for about 1 minute
  • Add the spinach puree
  • Add a sprinkle of sugar and the salt
  • Add the paneer and the sweet corn, cook for another 2-3 minutes
  • Ready to be served with Indian bread or steam rice


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