Thursday, April 26, 2007

Palak Paneer

Palak paneer,a famous North Indian Side Dish,is said to be a well balanced,nutritious and a tongue tingling one.Unlike the other dishes of North India,this particular dish has a delicate flavour of the fresh green palak,paneer and lighter masalas.
Generally our little ones make a big fuss to take green leafy vegetables,but if your kid is a paneer lover,he would surely attempt to try this.I make this dish occasionally,when my kids are in a mood to taste paneer as well.

This is my entry to JFI-WBB hosted by Indira.

So,here goes the recipe folks...

Serves-4, Cooking time-40mins.

Get ready with:

Palak-a fresh bunch
Paneer/cottage cheese-200gms cut into cubes. Click here ,to make home made paneer.
A big onion-cut finely
A tomato
4 green chillies-split lengthwise
A tsp chopped ginger
A tsp chopped garlic
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 cup oil-to fry paneer pieces
4 tsps oil-to temper (divided into 2 parts)
2 tsps of fresh whipped cream- for topping
Salt-to taste.

Palak,paneer and the veggies..


  • Wash Palak well and cut into large pieces.

  • Heat 2 tsps of oil(the first part to temper) in a wide-kadai-with-lid and lightly sauté the green chillies.Add the palak,close with lid and let it cook in a medium flame.Sprinkle a little water if only necessary as Palak when getting cooked,lets out water and gets done in its own water content.Cook till the leaves are reduced and tender.Cool and blend well in a mixer.Keep aside.
  • Blanch the tomato by immersing it in HOT water for 10mins and peeling off the skin.Blend well in a mixer.Keep aside.

  • Fry the paneer pieces using 1/2 cup oil,in a separate kadai,lightly till golden.Keep aside.

  • Now use the kadai taken to cook palak.Heat 2 tsps of oil(the second part to temper), sauté onions till translucent and add the ginger- garlic mixture.Sauté in reduced flame until the aroma fills the air.Add the tomato puree and cook in a low flame till the oil separates and the raw smell disappears.

  • Add cumin,coriander and garam masala powders and sauté for a few seconds, keeping the flame still low to avoid charring.

  • Add the cooked and mashed palak-green chilly mixture.When it is about to boil add the fried paneer pieces and simmer for 3 minutes.Add water if necessary.The gravy should not be watery and must be semi thick.

  • Swirl top with whipped cream.Goes well with chapathi,nan&paratha.


  1. aah! palak paneer my fav! pic looks beautiful & so tempting, only if I cud taste it right
    now ;-)
    thanks for ur recipe!

  2. Lovely pic dear ....
    I started making palak paneer for jfi and ended making mustard soya :-)

  3. wow! looks awesome! i have to learn to make this. will follow ur recipe :D and let you know how it went!

    awesome pic too.

  4. Looks like a healthy and delicious dish Bharathy!Great entry.
    Take a look my entry at FH when you have time!:))

  5. I too made palak paneer for WBB... we made the same dish for both RCI and WBB.
    I love palak paneer....loooks great.

  6. I think this is my first time to your Blog. You have abeautiful place here, thanks for leading me here :)

    The Mango Tree Photo is simply beautiful.

    The Palak Paneer is a good one too

  7. Hi Bharathy,
    Me too made a palak dish..Haven't tried this version yet..Bharathi, if you don't mind send me a raw mango pic from your mango tree..

  8. Ur version of palak is new to me.. got to try it soon.. since we are on some kind of no_buying_cheese_at _home for a while, i am going to try it with tofu sometime... Happy cooking...

  9. that palak paneer looks yum. i posted one when i started blogging, that is in march.

  10. nice looking palak Paneer. nice entry.

  11. Looks Yummmmyyy!!!mouth water lady

  12. nice entry Bharathy!
    looks very delicious

  13. One of my favs. Would try your recipe soon. I absolutely love the picture. Today I did not cook anything. Was planning on getting chinese. Your dish is making me crave for palak paneer. Thanks for sharing.

  14. i was looking for good recipe to try..nice timing bharthy. it looks fabulaous.

  15. Good entry!looks delicious too!

  16. Thanks a lot ladies,Richa,ayesha,asha and prema:)

    Oh ya's easy.

    Welcome to u,Sandeepa..

    Hope you are contented with my pic,Seena.:)

    yes Priya tofu can be sustituted.

    ya Reena,I went thru yours..:)

    Thankyou so much Shrami roopa and Krupa for your nice words!

    Deepa,ayyayyo nan "Jollu Lady" illa..:)

    Special thanx to you Maneka.

    To you too Kitchen Fairy:)!!

  17. wonderful very grown up kids will love this dish...gonna share it with them...they will love it for sure...thanks for sharing...

  18. Palak Paneer is my favorite too! Nice recipe, I have not tried making it yet. Maybe this week!

  19. Good one!
    What are those pink buds I see with the leaves?

  20. Palak Paneer looks great....... Its my favorite recipe...

  21. Hey Bharathy, so u r a fellow aquarian, huh, that is a lot of coincidences for sure :)...
    You have a great blog here.

  22. This looks the way you drizzled the cream on top.



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