Palak paneer (Indian spinach and cheese curry)

    15 min

    Palak paneer is an Indian curry with soft cubes of cheese simmered in mildly spiced spinach, an easy and absolutely delicious Indian curry. It is one of my favorite vegetarian Indian dishes.


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    Serves: 4 

    • 250g spinach
    • 4 tablespoons rapeseed oil
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1.25cm piece root ginger, minced
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 green chilli, sliced
    • 2 tomatoes, diced
    • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
    • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
    • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
    • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
    • salt to taste
    • 220g paneer, cubed
    • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1 tablespoon fresh cream
    • chilli flakes to garnish

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Blanch spinach in boiling water for 1 minute and immediately cool down in ice water (this will make the spinach keep its green colour).
    2. Heat up a pan with 2 tablespoons oil, add the cumin seeds and let them crackle. Add the onion, ginger, garlic and chilli and fry until golden.
    3. Add the tomatoes and cook until soft. Wait for it to cool down then blend together with the blanched spinach until you get a smooth paste. You can add a bit of water if required.
    4. Heat up a new pan, add 2 tablespoons oil and fry turmeric, red chilli, coriander and cumin, then add the tomato and spinach paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add salt.
    5. Let it come to the boil again, then add the paneer, garam masala and cream, stir and cook for 5 minutes more.
    6. Garnish with chilli flakes. Serve with steamed basmati rice, hot roti or naan.

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