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Restaurant Style Palak Paneer
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18 INGREDIENTS • 10 STEPS • 30MINS

Restaurant Style Palak Paneer

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Learn to make palak paneer recipe, restaurant-style! This creamy vegetarian spinach recipe is one of the popular palak recipes made with grilled paneer. This Indian spinach dish is vegetarian, gluten-free, and easy to make in just 30 minutes!
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Hi, I'm Priya! I am all about easy, mostly healthy, and always tasty vegetarian and vegan family recipes that are first tried and tested many times in my kitchen.
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Learn to make palak paneer recipe, restaurant-style! This creamy vegetarian spinach recipe is one of the popular palak recipes made with grilled paneer. This Indian spinach dish is vegetarian, gluten-free, and easy to make in just 30 minutes!
30MINS
Total Time
$4.19
Cost Per Serving
Ingredients
Servings
4
US / Metric
Spinach Puree
Water
4 cups
Water
Ice
2 cups
Ice
Cubes
Masala
Onion
1
Large Onion, roughly chopped
Cashew Nuts
1/4 cup
Cashew Nuts
Water
1 cup
Water
Grilled Paneer
Paneer
3/4 cup
Paneer
Oil
2 Tbsp
Oil
Paneer Palak
Oil
1/2 Tbsp
Oil
Cinnamon Stick
1
Cinnamon Stick
Dried Fenugreek Leaves
2 Tbsp
Crushed Dried Fenugreek Leaves
Garlic
5 cloves
Salt
to taste
Nutrition Per Serving
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Calories
344
Fat
25.0 g
Protein
14.6 g
Carbs
15.4 g
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Author's Notes

This palak recipe tastes best with flatbread or steamed rice. But for health-conscious people, you can serve this with a bowl of cooked quinoa or cauliflower rice on the side.

Yes, in fact, this recipe is almost vegan. Just replace paneer with extra-firm tofu. Grill it like the paneer and then follow the rest of the instructions. That's your vegan recipe for paneer palak!

Palak, or spinach, is another one of those superfood low-carb vegetables that when paired with paneer makes this delicious desi combo! To make this recipe keto, substitute cashews with pecans or macadamia nuts.

You can make this dish with no onion and garlic. Add fresh paneer in the end instead of grilling it in oil. That way, you will cut down on the oil needed.

If using frozen spinach, thaw it and blend it into a smooth puree. You can skip the blanching and ice bath steps. Adding sugar while blanching the spinach helps retain the green color and helps cut the bitterness. Shallow-fry tofu or paneer in ghee (if not vegan) for more flavor. You can even add paneer without frying. Soak paneer cubes in hot water for 1520 minutes and add them to the dish before serving. That way, the paneer will remain soft.

You can make the spinach gravy in advance and store it for 2-3 days in the fridge. Just add fresh or grilled paneer/tofu before serving. You can add roasted veggies instead of paneer or tofu or even use this spinach puree base as a pasta sauce! Instead of paneer slices, add paneer crumbles on top and enjoy it as a hearty spinach soup! It's also perfect for mixed households where some want vegan food and some want meat. Prepare the sauce and top it with your favorites like roasted veggies or meat! The options are endless.
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step 1
First, we need to blanch the spinach. Boil Water (4 cups), add Granulated Sugar (1 tsp), and then add Fresh Spinach (10 oz) to it. Submerge it in boiling water and turn off the flame. Let it sit for 3 minutes. No need to cover it.
step 2
Strain the water after 3 minutes and immediately give it an ice bath. Add Ice (2 cups) cubes to a bowl and add the blanched spinach to it. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
step 3
Transfer it to a blender and blitz it to make a smooth creamy puree. Keep it aside for now.
step 4
In a pan add Onion (1), Jalapeño Pepper (1), and Cashew Nuts (1/4 cup) along with Water (1 cup). Bring it to a boil, reduce the flame and cook for 6-7 minutes.
step 5
Do not strain. Allow it to cool down completely before grinding it to a smooth paste, in a blender. Keep it aside for now.
step 6
If using frozen paneer, thaw the Paneer (3/4 cup) completely and then cut the paneer in any desired shape.
step 7
Heat a grill pan and grill the paneer slices in little Oil (2 Tbsp) till it turns light golden on both sides. Set the grilled paneer aside for now.
step 8
Add Oil (1/2 Tbsp) in a pan. Once it's hot enough, add Bay Leaves (2), Cinnamon Stick (1), Dried Fenugreek Leaves (2 Tbsp), Garlic (5 cloves), and Ginger Paste (1 Tbsp). Fry for 2-3 minutes or till the garlic turns golden.
step 9
Next, add the onion paste and fry it for 2 minutes. Now add the spinach puree, Garam Masala (1 tsp), and Salt (to taste). Add water if you need to adjust the consistency. Mix it all together and cook till it comes to a boil. Take it off the flame.
step 10
Add the grilled paneer just before serving. This palak recipe tastes best with any flatbread or steamed rice.
step 10 Add the grilled paneer just before serving. This palak recipe tastes best with any flatbread or steamed rice.
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Gluten-Free
Shellfish-Free
Vegetarian
Indian
Vegetables
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