How to Make Authentic Spinach Paneer

The Indian equivalent of creamed spinach, spinach paneer (aka saag or palak paneer) is a classic dish of iron-rich spinach with cubes of fried paneer cheese. Some recipes are super creamy while others are milder and healthier. Here we combine the best of both worlds for a thick and creamy spinach paneer without compromising on health!

To be super healthy, try and search for low-fat paneer in the markets. If you can’t find it and have some time to spare, you can make low-fat paneer yourself using just 2 ingredients: low-fat milk and curd! Here we substitute ghee with olive oil, and simplify the list of spices. Feel free to add your own if your spice rack is full! Turmeric, chilli, garam masala, asafoetida powder, fenugreek leaves etc can all be sprinkled on for an even more traditional taste. If you prefer it creamier, stir through 2 tablespoons of unsweetened low-fat yoghurt before serving for a hearty and filling vegetarian meal.

Spinach Paneer Recipe


Serves : 4                Time : 40 mins

Ingredients :

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup paneer/cottage cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • Salt, to taste

Preparation :

1. Bring a pot of water to boil and then add spinach. Let boil till spinach has softened.

2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Saute cumin seeds and garlic until fragrant and slightly browned, then add onion and stir-fry until golden brown. Add paneer and stir-fry for a bit.

3. Add the spinach and its water and salt to the frying pan. Simmer for 5 minutes until liquid is reduced. Serve with a bowl of brown rice / chappati and lemon wedges.

 Nutritional Facts :

Per serving: 282 calories; 15g fat; 0 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein

Carbohydrate Servings: 0