Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer
Jonathan Katz


  • 2 tablespoons of ghee (clarified butter)
  • 8 ounces of paneer (can be found in freezer at Indian grocery stores), thawed if frozen and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ½ white onion, finely chopped
  • One 2-inch piece of ginger root, peeled and minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 pound of spinach, washed thoroughly
  • 1 ½ cups cooked basmati rice
  • Salt, to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped, for garnish

Dishes like palak paneer make me thankful that about half of India is vegetarian. Paneer, often referred to as "Indian cottage cheese" on menus (though it more closely resembles halloumi), sears beautifully and is a perfect addition to simple vegetable dishes. It's traditionally cooked in a spicy puréed spinach curry, but you can also toss it with sautéed mustard greens or Swiss chard to add protein and texture.

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Melt the clarified butter in a large skillet over medium heat, then sear the paneer cubes on 2 sides for 2 minutes each, until golden brown. Remove and set aside.

Add onions, ginger, garlic, jalapeño, and garam masala to the pan and sauté on medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until translucent. Add spinach, toss well to combine and cook for 2-3 minutes until wilted. 

Transfer spinach mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, but not entirely puréed. Pour mixture back into pan, add the paneer, taste for salt, and cook on low heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Serve over basmati rice and garnish with chopped cilantro.


Calories per serving:

459 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 38g 59%
  • Carbs 104g 35%
  • Saturated 20g 102%
  • Fiber 15g 58%
  • Sugars 11g
  • Monounsaturated 10g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 47g 93%
  • Cholesterol 104mg 35%
  • Sodium 1,195mg 50%
  • Calcium 711mg 71%
  • Magnesium 429mg 107%
  • Potassium 3,076mg 88%
  • Iron 16mg 91%
  • Zinc 5mg 33%
  • Phosphorus 733mg 105%
  • Vitamin A 2,426µg 270%
  • Vitamin C 135mg 225%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 57%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 76%
  • Niacin (B3) 7mg 37%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 69%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,061µg 265%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 16%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 11mg 56%
  • Vitamin K 2,197µg 2,746%
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