Paalak Paneer

by Erin

Homemade paalak paneer is easier than you think. Whip some up for take-out fake-out on a weeknight!

Paalak Paneer 1

Why hello there Secret Recipe Club, Group A! Today marks the first month that I am participating in Group A. I have been a member of Group D since the beginning but we have downsized slightly and as a result had a chance to swap groups. Since I was starting to revisit blogs I had already had in the past it was pretty good timing as now I can explore a whole new group of blogs! This month I was assigned to Trisha’s blog My Hobbie Lobbie.

Paalak Paneer 2

There were all kinds of recipes for things I have never made before such as chicken empanadas and mango chia pudding, both of which sounded awesome. But when I saw she had a recipe for paalak paneer I had to try it. I adore saag paneer and didn’t realize until I googled it that paalak paneer is pretty much the same thing. The biggest difference I noticed between this recipe and what I order at an Indian restaurant was the oil content, which a lesser amount was much appreciated. Be sure to check out Trisha’s blog for cumin rice and naan to serve with you paalak paneer!

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Serves 4-5


750g (about 30 oz.) spinach, washed and drained

3 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

1-1/2 Tbsp finely chopped ginger

1-1/2 Tbsp finely chopped garlic

1 green chilli pepper, minced

2 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp ground cumin

Salt, to taste

250g (about 8 oz.) paneer, cut into cubes

1/2 – 1 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 cup coconut or whole milk

1-2 tsp lemon juice, to taste


  1. In a large pot of boiling water, blanch the spinach until wilted, about 3 minutes.
  2. Drain in a colander and run under some cold water until it cools down. Transfer to a food processor or blender and process until it forms a smooth paste; set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and let it cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the ginger, garlic, and chili pepper and cook for another minute. Add the coriander, cumin, and salt and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the spinach puree and a splash of water if necessary, and cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Add the paneer, garam masala, and milk. Stir and cook for a few minutes till the spinach is creamy. Add lemon juice to taste.
  7. Serve hot over rice.

Source: Adapted slightly from My Hobbie Lobbie.


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Nicole @ Crazed Mom June 12, 2016 - 9:56 pm

I have never had this before, but I am totally intrigued. Added it to my to-try folder. Great pick!

Trisha June 9, 2016 - 3:43 am

Welcome to Group A Erin! I love that you picked this recipe. I love this recipe and hope you enjoyed it.

Emily @ Life on Food June 8, 2016 - 8:30 am

This is one of my favorite Indian dishes too. I am intimated trying to replicate Indian food at home but this looks pretty darn easy. I will be saving for a weekend cooking adventure.

Anna June 7, 2016 - 10:29 pm

I’ve never had paalak paneer (and I’m going to have to Google paneer to find out what it is), but yours looks so good and all the flavors sound great, so I’m betting I’ll like it.

Welcome to Group A!

spiffycookie June 7, 2016 - 10:42 pm

Paneer is a type of cheese! I hope you try it.

SallyBR June 7, 2016 - 2:36 pm

Now THAT”S a recipe I’ve always wanted to make from scratch instead of ordering in restaurants….

for some reason, I never got to try it – that shall change soon! ;-)

spiffycookie June 7, 2016 - 3:05 pm

Same here! I finally found paneer at a local grocery and knew I had to try it.

ARthur in the Garden! June 7, 2016 - 9:12 am

One of my favourites!

Rachael June 7, 2016 - 3:35 am

This is one of my favorite Indian dishes, but I’ve never tried to make it at home. It looks great!

Karen June 6, 2016 - 11:44 pm

You can’t get rid of me either Erin! This does look gorgeous and sounds really tasty! I love garam masala too!

spiffycookie June 7, 2016 - 7:59 am

Hahaha glad to have some fellow group D transplants with me!

Traci June 6, 2016 - 7:52 pm

This looks like a great meal to make on a busy night. I love how it turned out! Great SRC pick this month!

Karen June 6, 2016 - 11:19 am

Hi Erin! STILL can’t get rid of me though! Hiya to a former fellow group D friend! This looks fabulous and so healthy too – a fab recipe for a mid-week meal, or for a spicy take-away at home, great pick! Karen


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