Spinach with Cheese (Palak Paneer)

Spinach with Cheese (Palak Paneer)

Palak Paneer (Spinach with Cheese)

Cuisine: Indian

Serves: 6


  • 2 (5 ounce) bags Baby Spinach
  • 1 large onion
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped tomato
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces paneer cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1⁄4 cup heavy cream


  • Cut spinach into shreds and cook in 3 tablespoons water until tender; remove from heat.
  • Saute onion, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger in 1-2 tablespoons ghee or oil until onion is translucent.
  • Then add garlic and chopped tomatoes, and reduce heat.
  • Cook this briefly and slowly blend in yogurt a little at a time to prevent curdling.
  • Add coriander, garam masala, paprika, and salt, mixing well.
  • Add cooked spinach with liquid, cover and simmer on low heat for approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Take half of spinach mixture and puree in food processor or blender, and return to mixture and stir.
  • Slowly stir in heavy cream, and heat through on low heat.
  • Add Paneer cubes and let it sit for 3 mins
  • Serve warm with Rice or Naan (Indian Bread). Naan with Palak Paneer is a very popular combination in Indian Restaurants. 

Note: Substitute cheese with Tofu to make this into a Vegan Dish.

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