Palak paneer is a delicious and flavourful spinach and paneer dish that is popular in most Indian restaurants. It can be easily cooked at home using the following recipe. Palak paneer is best served with roti, chapathi or naan.

Serves: 4

16 to 20 paneer cubes fried
A big bunch of Spinach leaves cleaned
1 Big onion chopped
1 Big tomato chopped
½ tbsp garlic paste
½ tbsp ginger paste
1 tsp red chilli powder
½ tsp salt
A pinch of asafoetida


Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan; add onion and sauté till it turns golden. Remove in a bowl and set aside. Then add tomatoes to the same pan, add oil if necessary and sauté for some time, remove in another bowl and set aside. Then add spinach leaves and little oil to the same pan and sauté till the spinach is cooked. Remove from pan into a third bowl. Allow all the three to cool down. Once they have cooled down, grind the three separately into a fine paste.

Then heat 3 tbsp oil in the same pan, add garlic paste and ginger paste and sauté for some time. Then add red chilli powder, salt and the onion paste. Mix well and cook for a minute. Then add tomato paste and ½ cup water. Cook till the raw smell goes. Now add the spinach paste and mix well. Cook for a few seconds. Finally add the fried paneer and bring the gravy to a boil. Reduce heat, close a lid and cook for 5 minutes. Serve hot.

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