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Palak Paneer (Spinach and Paneer Curry)

Updated: Jan 28, 2020

Cuisine: Indian

Meal: Dinner

Style: Vegetarian Main Entree

Yield: 20 servings

Accompaniments: Basmati Rice or Naan

Palak Paneer is a popular Indian dish consisting of spinach (palak) and paneer cheese in a curry sauce. Paneer can be bought at any Indian grocery store or through the following Indian Food Vendor: Dee Dee’s Indian Grocer (650-861-0380. Omitting the cream and substituting firm tofu for paneer will make the dish vegan.


Frozen Spinach 5 lbs

Paneer 1/2” cubes 2 lbs

Tomato Paste 1 cup

Onion, small dice 2 ea

Bay Leaves 2 ea

Cumin Seed 2 tsp

Cumin Powder 2 oz

Chili Powder 1 oz

Garam Masala 4 oz

Ginger Paste 1 oz

Garlic Paste 1 oz

Cilantro 1 bunch

Cream 3 cups


Heat the oil, add the cumin seed and onion (in that order). Sautee for 5 minutes then add the ginger, garlic paste, tomato paste and mix all dry spices. Cook for a few minutes, add the spinach. Mix everything and place in a blender or Robo-Coupe to puree. Return to the pot and add the paneer. Check the seasoning and simmer for a few minutes until heated through. Finish it with cream and cilantro.

For a better result, we can deep fry the paneer in to a light brown color and keep in the water. When we need it, drain the water and add the paneer to the mixture.

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