How To Make Yummy Palak Panner – Recipe

Yummy Palak Paneer Recipe

Seeing all the delicious looking recipes on IMBB, I too thought of sharing some of my hot favourites North Indian dishes with a Punjabi tinge.

Well to begin with, I am not a big cook/chef but whatever I cook is always appreciated and I love to receive some great compliments from friends and relatives for serving them tasty recipes. Palak paneer is one such item which never fails me to earn greetings. I know many here would know how to cook it but it’s mainly for my friends down South to try.

Ingredients (dish to serve 3-4 people):
• Fresh Palak 4 bunches
• Paneer/Cheese 250 gms, I make it in home so cannot tell the exact amount.
• Onion, Tomato 1 big or 2 small each.
• Ginger and garlic according to taste.
• All general masala: salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder, jeera/cumin seeds, Asafoetida, garam masala.

Total Preparation time- 40 to 45 minutes.
Now coming to the steps of how to make palak paneer.
Step 1: Cut the stems of fresh palak and wash it thoroughly.

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Washed palak leaves in the cooker.

Step 2: Put the washed palak leaves in the cooker and add salt to taste. You need to add salt in this step itself not later so add salt accordingly. Add some water not a lot but a small amount as leaves already will be wet after washing and Palak looses water when boiled.

Cook/boil palak for some time only. Switch off the gas on hearing the slight whistle of your cooker. Palak cooks super fast.


Add salt to taste and small amount of water

Step 3: In the meantime, wash and cut the onion, tomato and ginger, garlic and few green chillies. You can finely chop these things too but I prefer grinding them in the mixer.


Step 4: When the palak gets cooked, put the above ingredients in the mixer and also add your boiled palak leaves. Do not throw away the boiled palak water. It can be used while cooking later.



L-R: Palak after cooked and putting everything in the mixer grinder.

Grind everything to form a uniform paste.


Step 5: Now heat some mustard oil in a deep pan. I prefer mustard oil as in Punjab that is widely used for cooking; cooked vegetables taste better. You can use refined oil too.


Step 6: Let the oil get hot and then add some heeng/ Asafetida powder. This is to add a special taste and smell to the food and also reduces the strong smell of mustard oil in the dish.


Then add the Cumin/jeera and haldi/turmeric powder.


Step 7: Add the paste from the mixer, let it boil and then place the lid and let it cook for on low gas for around 7-8 minutes. You can add the water left after cooking the palak leaves at this time.


In the meantime, dice your paneer into equal sized pieces. I cut medium sized pieces because after cooking, the homemade cheese pieces gets bigger and very soft 😛 this is the reason I use homemade cheese/paneer. The market one tastes hard and rubber like .


This much cheese will serve 2 people easily. I keep adding cheese later too as it does not require much cooking.

Step 8: After around 7-8 minutes of cooking, add red chilli powder and coriander powder according to taste. We eat a little spicy so I added around 2 and a half teaspoon of chilli powder and 1 spoon of coriander powder. Remember that we have even added some green chillies while grinding the ingredients so use chilli powder accordingly.


Add red chilli and coriander powder according to taste
Stir and cover the pan with a lid and again let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Cooking is very important here. The more the palak gets cooked, the better will it taste.

Step 9: Now add the diced paneer/cheese pieces and stir once to soak them in palak. Again cover with a lid and let the dish cook the last time for 5 minutes. I prefer making it in non stick pan so that the palak does not get over cooked and stick to the bottom of the pan. So just check after 4-5 minutes and stir cautiously so as not to break the soft cheese pieces.


Step 10: Switch off the gas after 5 minutes and add ¾ tea spoon garam masala and cover again. You can check your recipe after a few minutes and would find the paneer slices to be bigger and softer. 😉


Your Palak Paneer is now ready to be served. While serving it hot, just add a spoon of homemade white butter or else desi ghee. This would double the taste of your dish for sure :thumbsup: and if you want to add a little color, just grate some fresh paneer/cheese on top too.


Your palak paneer is ready to eat.

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62 thoughts on “How To Make Yummy Palak Panner – Recipe

  1. i want some :waiting: :waiting: this looks yummmyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :stars: :stars: :methinks: 😛 please send some to hyderabad :tongue: :toothygrin:

  2. Yummmmy….. I want some :plate:
    Both me and my husband love Palak Paneer…
    Loved the way you have captured each and every step in pictures

    1. thanxx Dee… do try out the recipe if u want to taste ur fav dish too.. :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

        1. sure dee.. i’ll try n post sum more cheese recipes :waytogo: .. the 1 i kno n make well.. :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

    1. y we.. ur hubby helps kya.. :toothygrin: :toothygrin:
      i kno u wud kno this recipe neha.. u r a north indian na like me.. :high5: :high5:

    1. welcum gayathri.. this is one of my favorite dishes too n my hubby likes this dish more to the other paneer :)) :))

  3. Amazing! I shall stop buying paneer and make it at home. 🙂
    And you haven’t shallow/deep fried the paneer na..good else it becomes more rubbery and adds calories. I shall follow this recipe from now on. Thanks for making my most favorite-est dish in the world. :-*

    1. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: welcum Akshatha.. :rose: :rose:
      i too like home made paneer far better than the packet ones v get in the market… :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    1. mine too :)) … i got to like it even more last yr when i was expecting n palak is a healthy food so used to eat it often… :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

  4. I will make it this week….its so tempting….will use your recipe all the way….I liked the idea of using mustard oil…….my kids are a big fan of paneer…..can you also do one in tomato gravy….like mutter paneer?

    1. u want me to send the recipe of matar paneer too?? off course i will..
      n all kids uv paneer.. i’m also a kid in tht sense till now.. :teddy: :teddy: :teddy:
      mustard oil always makes the vegetables tastier.. try n chk out the diff.. but do add the heeng/asafoedita to balance its smell.. :haanji: :haanji:

    1. yess but palak has its own taste.. too much coriander may interfere.. :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :haanji: :haanji:

  5. Nids…..what a healthy and yummy recipe….I will follow your palak paneer recipe step by step…..though my mom makes delicious palak paneer, I can’t/…. :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: the only time I cooked palak paneer was without any recipe to follow and without asking my mom….I wanted to give a surprise to my mom… that time I didn’t know that palak needs to be boiled or pressure cooked before going into the grinder…..guess how it tasted after I made the curry…… 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck:

      1. Priyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…finally yessssssssssss……. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: maintenance work is overrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr….actually…na area wise ….its going on na….so sometimes, I don;t have net…sometimes I don;t have power….the other times I feel sleepy….the other times, my relatives have come over…..and some other times…….I had to look into the renovation work going on in my home……now I am almost non-busy….. :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

    1. :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: jomo… u shud have asked this atleast ki palak needs to be lighty boiled.. 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆
      now plz try in this manner & do tell me how it tasted??? :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

    1. Hiyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Peeereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyaaaaaaaaaaa 😀 😀

      Nids – Thankooo for the recipe…me try sometime and let you know how it turns out…errrr…sorry for stupid question, but I don’t have a blender, so I would have to finely chop palak and try it…you think that would work?? I can already hear Jomol laughing 😐 😐 😐

      1. well it always luk more presentable wid grind palak but lets c.. u finely chop it first & then boil it lets c hows it turns out to be… :pray: :pray: al the best… plz lemme know later :yes: :yes:

  6. this is my fav dish and you made it sound so yumm…. plz teach me how to make paneer at home too… the paneer we get here is full on rubber 🙁

    1. okk bee :)) .. to make cheese at home.. boil milk as u usually do & when it’s almost boiled put sum vineger in it to coagulate milk.. curd(white solid part) n whey(the liquid) will appear… u can stir for sumtime to coaguate the whole milk.. then drain the mixture thru a muslin cloth & drain out the excess water.. put the cheese tied in the cloth in Cold/chilled water for sum time & then drain out the excess water by hanging the cloth for around an hr.. urr cheese is ready.. hope u get it rght.. u shud get pieces of cheese (like the ones i’ve shown) if ur cheese is made correctly.. :yes: :yes: :yes:

        1. Hey Bee…..I usually get ready-made paneer… USA…I have tried making at home, but usually it crumbles…if made from 2% milk…..

          I just cut the Nanak Paneer…I hope you get that one…..into pieces and add when the curry or sabzi is boiling… will become soft within few minutes… not add at last minute…..

          1. @Nia – last time i tried getting from the Indian store but it was not at all paneer types.. 🙁 kuchh alag hi thaa… tabse I get tofu.. heheh

      1. Hmmm… I didnt know about putting the cloth in chilled water.. will do that the next time. I’ve always used lime to split the milk…my mom said that is how all our neighbours did it in the North. Will try with vinegar now. I’m really stubborn about not buying paneer, always made my own.

  7. yummmiieeee….nids i have had my dinner but again am hungry :(( palak paneer photo se nikal ke nahi asakta kya ?:) ?:)

  8. Its been soooo long since I had palak paneer . :weep: :weep: :weep:
    I will go tmrw an have palak paneer :silly: :silly:

  9. :woot: :woot: :woot:
    khaaanaaaaaaaaaa :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa:
    woh bhi inaaa tapty wala :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2:
    meiko chiye…. :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:
    awesom recipe nids……. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

  10. looks too yummy :woot: !!! am a south indian who loves punjabi stuff 🙂 pls post more recipes 🙂 n nxt time do tell how to make homemade panner also :thanks: in advance 🙂

    1. laks just chk out my comment for Bee above.. i’ve mentioned the way i make paneer at home :waytogo: … n yess.. wud try to put sum more recipes post in near future :haanji: … try this out.. u can make it easily at home.. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

  11. This looks absolutely yummm, Nids. I prepare palak and put a spicy ghee ka tadka upar se..right before paneer goes in kinds.. bt i am so going to try with sarso ka tel.. it must be tasting ka sarsoon ka saag.. :drool: Yummmmmmeeeee!!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

    1. yess rati.. try with sarson a tel n heeng ka tadka… it’lll taste yummmyyyyy…… :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

      1. i will… i am already so tempted. 😛 havent had sarson ka saag since long time now. I am itching to make palak paneer that ways.. 😀 weekend par try karti hoon. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

  12. nids…. this is my favorite….. :woot: :woot: :thanks: i try it a little differently…. maybe i’ll follow the steps of your recipe line by line and see 🙂 will search for mustard oil….. :thanks: for the rec. 🙂

    1. ohh.. how do u make it ramya.. n mustard oil can easily be got in any food bazaar kind of place…try heritage or reliance fresh or more.. u’ll easily get it :jiggy1: :jiggy1:

  13. Am one of those southies, who love paneer (and also insist on making my own at home). Will take a printout of this and try it out soon :). Thanks.

    1. wow… take a print out so tht u dont miss out anything but its easy to make not much hassle :toothygrin: … challenge is to make paneer at home :haanji: .. yeah do put it in chilled water for sumtime n then c if u can get the pieces of paneer rght.. all the best Shai.. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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