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Palak Paneer | Spinach Cottage Cheese Gravy

This recipe is very popular. People usually make this gravy for rotis, naan, parathas and for some rice varieties. I have added plain paneer pieces directly while cooking, you can also slightly fry and add to the gravy. It’s up to you. Tofu cubes also go well with this recipe instead paneer cubes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Cottage cheese, Palak Paneer, Paneer Gravy, Spinach
Author: malinispace


Ingredients for Spinach / Palak Puree

  • 200 Gm Palak / Spinach
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 4 to 5 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 to 2 Green chili
  • 1 tsp Salt

For Palak Paneer Gravy:

  • 2 Tbsp Butter / Oil / Ghee
  • 200 Gm Paneer (Cottage cheese) / Tofu
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Onion medium sized (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tomato medium sized (finely chopped)
  • Salt required level
  • 1/2 & 2 Tsp Turmeric & Chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Few Methi leaves Optional
  • 2 Tbsp Cream / Cashew paste


  • Get all the ingredients ready. chop the ends of the spinach leaf stem. Rinse in running water.
  • I prefer blanching the palak leaves. Boil 2 cups of water in a wide pan, add salt into it. When it starts boiling, add spinach leaves to it. Boil for 2 mins and remove the spinach from the hot water and rinse with cold running water.
  • When the spinach is ready, Chop the green chilies, ginger and garlic cloves. Now add all four ingredients to mixer jar and make a puree out of it. No need to add water while making puree.Keep the puree aside.
  • Now heat a wide pan and add butter / oil / ghee to it. Once the butter melts, add cumin seeds into it.When the cumin seeds splutters, add a bay leaf to it. Saute it for a min,
  • Then add finely chopped onions into it. Saute for 2 mins.Then add sliced tomatoes into it and saute everything well.
  • Once the tomato starts blending, add salt, turmeric powder, chili powder and garam masala powder. Mix everything well and cook for few mins.
  • Now add the spinach / palak puree into the mixture. Stir well and add 1/2 cup of water to it.
  • After 2 mins, add the paneer cubes / tofu cubes to that mixture and stir well. Also add 1 tbsp of cream to make the gravy thicker.
  • Stir gently until everything blends well. Once it is done, transfer the gravy to a container, add the cream / cashew paste on top of it for garnishing.