Palak paneer

Maybe bcoz I m from Southern part of India. Making palak and paneer together was somewhat odd to me. And even paneer was introduced to me only a few years back. The dishes we used to make with palak were poriyal(stir-fry),  kootu(palak with dal). I have tried many recipes with paneer like biryani, pulao, burning, fry, paneer 65… But never tried for this combo. My husband always insists me to try this recipe. I always hesitate to make it thinking it won’t work out with my taste. Finally came out of the shell and made it with a help of the recipe published in Aval vikatan supplementary. I made some adaptation to it and made it along with Jeera Rice. It was also suggested to have along with Naan or Roti. Seriously to my surprise, it was of my taste. As it was of a good taste and came out well. I thought to share the way I made it.

Preparation Time: 10mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins
Serves: 2 – 3 persons


Butter – 1 tbsp
Palak – 1 bunch
Paneer – 200g
Onion – 1(medium sized,chopped into small pieces)
Tomato – 2(small sized, chopped into small pieces)
Green chilli – 4
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Garlic – 3 pods
Ginger – a small piece
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Cream – 2 to 3 tbsp


1. Cut off the stalks from palak and take out the palak leaves alone. Take water in a pot and heat them up. Bring it to boil. Add the cleaned palak. Blanch the palak for few minutes.
2. Remove them from the water. I used this water for making jeera rice. since it has nutrients in it. Add the leaves to a Grinding jar along with garlic, ginger, Cumin seeds. Grind them to a fine paste.
3. To a pan or kadai, add butter. Let them melt down. Then add chopped onions, a little salt, chopped tomatoes. Saute them well. Then add Turmeric powder, garam masala and combine well with onions and tomatoes.

4. Now add the ground paste. Add some water to the jar. Rinse it off and add the water to it. Now add cream to it(I used Nestle cream). Give a nice mix. Add the paneer cubes(I used store bought paneer). allow it to cook until it starts to bubble out.

Serve hot with Jeera Rice, Roti or Naan.

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