Palak Paneer- Tasty and Healthy

Does taste and health go together? I have heard many people say yes to it and have seen many blog posts where people made something that is healthy and yummy too. Trust me, I never believed either of these until I got to taste this recipe. When I was expecting my son, my doctor loaded me with advices on eating  green leafy vegetables, especially spinach. I already had imported a lot of, in my words ‘boring’ food into my diet chart, and now spinach!!!!!  That’s when my sis-in-law showed up. She made me this dish and with a lot of reluctance, I tried my first spoon and wow.. it tasted yumm!!!..  Since then, this dish has a place in my favorite vegetarian dishes. Thanks to my sissy!I discovered this awesome way of including spinach or palak in my family’s diet.


So here goes the recipe.. Taste bhi, health bhi.

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins


Spinach or Palak : 2 bundles
Paneer : 200gms
Onion : 1 large
Tomato : 1 medium
Garlic chopped : 1 tbsp
Oil : 3 tbsp
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder : 1 tbsp
Coriander powder : 1/2 tbsp
Garam masala powder : 1/2 tbsp.
Salt : to taste
Water : half cup
Fresh cream : 3 tbsp


1. Cut off the root of the palak and wash it thoroughly.


2. Add washed palak to a pressure cooker along with water,  half the turmeric powder & salt and pressure cook on high flame till 3 whistles.


3. Grind when cooled to a smooth paste and keep aside.


4. Grind onion and keep aside.  Also finely chop little onion (about a tbsp) and keep aside.

5. Heat oil in a pan and add garlic and chopped onion.  When it starts turning colour, add the onion paste to it and saute.

6. Once the onion paste turns colour, lower the flame and add turmeric, chilly, coriander and garam masala powders. Saute till the raw taste goes.

7. Add finely chopped tomato to it and saute further till the tomato is fully cooked.


8. Add the ground palak to this and mix well. Cook on medium flame for 3 mins till water dries off,  palak changes color and oil is seen.


9. Add fresh cream to this and cook for further 2 mins.

10. Add the paneer cubes to this gravy and mix well.



11. Close lid and cook on low flame for another 1 min.


Done!  Serve this warm.


  1. The cooked palak will have water in it.  Use it along to grind.

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