Palak Paneer

Spinach is probably not the most popular as far as vegetables go.  I mean, can it really compete with red or yellow bell peppers (show offs), carrots, tomatoes, potatoes (!) or sweet corn for God’s sake?

Let’s face it, aside from Popeye, there are not too many people who will profess such affection for spinach and Popeye’s a cartoon, so I’m not sure about the strength of his recommendations.

Poor  dark and brooding spinach, is probably resigned to it’s role as a second bit player to more thrilling scene stealers like cheese.

That certainly is the case for palak paneer which is a thick Indian curry with  pureed spinach and cheese.  The combination is genius in taste and  the spinach, excitingly, more than holds up it’s end in this dish.

Palak paneer is a popular dish in Indian restaurants, and certainly one of my oldest daughter’s favorite.  We move around a lot because of my husband’s job so I have lived in many parts of the US.

We lived in a small town in Mississippi a few years ago which didn’t have any Indian restaurants and we were desperate for palak paneer.  You can find spinach everywhere but the Indian cheese or paneer is a different matter.

So what did I do?  Make paneer of course!  It is easier than you think and thanks to You Tube I was able to make paneer.


Isn’t You Tube amazing?  I have learned to pipe cupcake frosting, fix my dyson vacuum cleaner, change my road bike tire and dance the cupid shuffle (so I could lead it for my 30th high school reunion!), all thanks to the wonders of You Tube!

Anyways, there is a fabulous woman; Manjula, who has her own Youtube channel on Indian cooking.  Manjula has certainly revolutionized the way I cook Indian food, so my family and I are immensely grateful.  Shukriya Aunty!

I highly recommend watching Manjula’s Youtube channel especially if you have an interest in Indian cuisine.

How to make Paneer or Indian cheese:

Paneer is also widely available at Indian supermarkets so you can skip this part if you’re not feeling as adventurous.

How to make Palak Paneer:





8 comments to Palak Paneer

  • Nana Prah  says:

    I love spinach. Palak Paneer is my favorite dish to order when I eat an an Indian restaurant (which was years ago, not many here in Ghana). Yummy.

    Nana Prah

    • Lila  says:

      Glad you’re a spinach fan. Maybe I was transposing my bias towards spinach in this post but Palak Paneer is so good and really quite easy to prepare. :)

  • Raquel  says:

    I LOOOOOOOVE Palak Paneer SO much!!
    I’ve always wanted to make paneer but haven’t got the courage to try it yet. :)
    This is nudging me in the right direction…

    • Lila  says:

      Yes,definitely try your hand at paneer. It is quite easy to prepare but if you have Indian grocery stores by you then the store bought ones are really good too and then you can be on your way to making palak paneer which really is quite easy! :)

  • Haven  says:

    I love spinach and palak paneer!! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Lila  says:

      Glad you’re a spinach fan and Palak Paneer makes it so easy to eat spinach. I have gotten paneer from the Indian grocery stores by you and palak paneer is actually quite easy to prepare. Let me know how yours turns out. :)

  • Corinne  says:

    I love spinach! I personally would rather have some chicken (murgh) in my palak dishes, but I do love the cheese as well. Just had this yesterday, btw, and it was delicious!

  • Lila  says:

    Glad you’re a spinach and palak paneer fan. I haven’t tried the chicken ones but I have tried paneer tikka masala which is really good and I highly recommend it. :)

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