Palak Paneer Recipe – Spinach with Indian Cheese

This is the famous spinach with cheese recipe. It has been a classic combination in Indian cooking for years. The reason for its universal appeal is pretty simple: it’s delicious. A fresh salad of spinach, cream cheese and a drizzle of buttery sauce is always a winning combination. Now, don’t let the word ‘cheese’ send you running for the hills. I know it’s not a usual ingredient in Indian cooking, but it works so well with the spinach. It’s a healthy addition, providing protein and important vitamins and minerals. The best thing is, it’s actually very easy to make. All you need is fresh spinach, paneer (Indian cheese), buttery bread and some seasoning.

What you need

1/2 cup of fresh spinach

1/4 cup of cream cheese

salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons of butter

1/4 cup of milk

1 tablespoon of cumin seeds

How to make Panera Paneer


-1 pound fresh spinach, well washed and dried

-2 tablespoons butter

-1/2 cup milk

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds

-3 cloves garlic, minced

-1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

-1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

-Freshly ground black pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and salt until smooth. Add the cumin seeds and garlic and stir to combine. Pour the milk mixture over the spinach in the skillet and stir to combine. Return the skillet to medium heat and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.

4. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and parsley, if using. Season with black pepper to taste and serve warm with bread on a bed of fresh spinach leaves.

How to make Spinach with Cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2. Wash and chop the spinach.

3. In a baking dish, layer the chopped spinach, paneer and some buttery bread.

4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

5. Serve with a drizzle of yoghurt or cream, if desired.

How to make the sauce

In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant. Stir in the tomatoes and tomato paste and bring to a simmer. Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Pour the sauce into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If you like, you can also add a little salt or pepper to taste. Serve over hot buttered toast or naan bread.

The result: Delicious and healthy

The recipe calls for 8-10 cups of fresh spinach. If you buy pre-packaged spinach, you’ll only need 3-4 cups. So, if you’re using pre-packaged spinach, you’ll save money and time. Additionally, you can easily vary the recipe to fit your own personal preferences. For example, if you like your spinach with a little less cheese, you can adjust the recipe to that effect.

If you’re not a fan of cheese, you can omit it altogether or include it in very small doses (just a little bit at a time). In either case, the key is to enjoy the recipe as is – without any added cheese!

The simple recipe card

1. Start by boiling the spinach in water for about 5 minutes.

2. Drain the spinach and set it aside.

3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter.

4. Add the spinach and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.

5. Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.

6. Chop the paneer into small pieces and add them to the pan with the spinach mixture.

7. Serve hot, topped with a little salt and pepper if desired.

Tips for making Panera Paneer


There are a few things you need in order to make this spinach cheese dish perfect. First, the paneer should be well-cooked. Don’t overcook it, or it will be tough. Second, make sure you have some buttery bread. Not only will this add flavor and texture to the dish, but it will also help to keep the cheese from sticking to the spinach. Third, you’ll want to add some fresh vegetables too. The best way to do this is by chopping up a few cloves of garlic and frying them until they’re soft. Fourth, once everything is prepared, it’s time for the main event: the spinach cheese dip! In a small bowl, mix together some yogurt, grated cheese and ground spices. Finally, drizzle over the paneer and serve immediately.


Palak Paneer is a delicious and healthy dish that can be made at home using common ingredients. This recipe is perfect for a quick and easy meal, and it can be enjoyed by everyone. Keep in mind that the best way to enjoy this dish is with a friend or family member. Have fun making this delicious and nutritious dish!


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