Why Palak Paneer only succeeds authentically delicious with these 3 Tips

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Indian spinach dish with cheese Palak Paneer served with bread

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My original Palak Paneer recipe is presented in this post. Healthy vegetarian cuisine, the classic on every menu in the Indian restaurant once cooked by yourself.

We love Indian food and my wife is crazy about spinach with cheese. The spices and fragrances of the dishes sweep me away every time, even as a cook. No other regional cuisine offers this variety.

The name is composed of the parts “Palak” = Hindi for spinach and “Paneer” = Indian cream cheese.

Here I show you step by step a quick and easy preparation that will put a smile on your face. Have fun in the kitchen and enjoy!

Spinach prepared and served without cream.
The preparation of spinach I will show you in another post © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

1. Palak Paneer Recipe

I present my step-by-step instructions plus video for the perfect spinach dish to get you started. Tips for completing your Indian cuisine I’ll give you the recipe afterwards. By the way, you can send me a cooking question directly via the comment function!

Palak Paneer

Indian recipe from Chef Thomas Sixt with cooking video and step by step instructions.

Servings 2
Calories 559
Total Time 25 Min.

Palak Paneer recipe with video and with step by step photos . Authentic Indian cooking with supplement suggestions. Simple, healthy and with aromatic spices. Good luck!

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Palak Paneer recipe picture
Indian spinach dish with cheese Palak Paneer served with bread

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Preparation Time

10 Min.

Cook Time

15 Min.

Ingredients

Spinach (Palak)

500 g leaf spinach fresh (I cook here with young spinach)
3 pinches Salt
300 ml Water

Sauce with spices

3 tbs Sunflower oil
1-2 pc chili peppers
2 pc fresh garlic cloves
1 pc onion
3 pc tomatoes (small-medium)
80 ml Water
1-2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp Caraway
4 pc cloves
1 tsp Ginger (fine diced or grated)
1 bar cinnamon
1-2 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 tsp fenugreek (optional)
1/2 tsp cardamon (optional)
2 tbs butter

Paneer (Frischkäse)

200 g Paneer (I use paneer from the Asia Shop)

Rice

200 g Basmati rice (or jasmine rice)
350-400 ml Water
1 tsp Salt

Decoration

1 tsp edible dried flowers
1 tbs Cashewkerne (I roast in the pan beforehand)

Supplements

6 pc papadam (I fry ready-made papadams in oil)
200 g raita (see tip 3, is selfmade)
2 glas spiced tea (I supplement with fresh whole milk)

Instruction

Preparations

Ingredients for Palak Paneer
Palak Paneer recipe ingredients prepared on a kitchen board

The ingredients at a glance: Spinach, paneer, onion, garlic, ginger, butter, oil, cashew and spices.

Roasting cashews
Cashew roasting in an Indian wok

Toast the cashews in a pan with a little oil.

Finely dice the garlic.
Cut the garlic into fine cubes.

Cut the garlic into fine cubes. Please do not press garlic – pressed garlic tends to taste bitter.

onion ginger garlic
Prepared onion, ginger and garlic cubes in a bowl

Dice the onion and ginger very finely.

Chilli pods
Chili pods in a bowl

Halve the chilli peppers.

paneer cheese
Slicing paneer cheese on the kitchen board

Cut the cheese into approx. 1 cm cubes.

Paneer cheese in bowl
Prepared paneer cheese in the bowl

Put the cheese aside. It is added to the hot sauce with spinach at the end.

Prepare rice

Boil rice
Cooked rice in the rice cooker

We prepare our rice in advance in parallel. I use a rice cooker here. This needs 1 part rice and 1.5 parts water. In the pot you need 1 part rice and 2 parts water! Don't forget the salt for seasoning.

Prepare spinach

Fresh spinach
Fresh spinach on the kitchen board.

Clean the fresh young spinach.

Blanch the spinach
Spinach when blanching in boiling salted water

Cook the spinach briefly for 2-3 minutes.

blanched spinach
blanched spinach on a sieve.

Drain the cooked spinach and rinse briefly with very cold water. This keeps the spinach green.

Prepare sauce

Roast the spices
Toast the spices for the base of Palak Paneer in a wok.

Heat the cloves, cumin and cinnamon with the oil in a pan or wok.

Onion and spices in a wok
Roast the onion, garlic, ginger and spices in a wok.

Add the chilli, onion, garlic and ginger and fry. Add more spices such as garam masala, sugar and salt.

Fresh tomatoes
Fresh tomatoes on a kitchen board

Prepare the tomatoes and cut them into small pieces.

Sliced tomatoes in a wok
When sautéing the tomatoes in the wok with the spices. This creates the tasty basis for Palak Paneer

Add the tomato pieces to the pan.

Pour the sauce
Pour the sauce in the wok

Add a little water and heat.

Cook palak paneer sauce
cook the palak paneer sauce

After a good 7 minutes of boiling down, our sauce base is ready. Please fish out the cloves and cinnamon stick!

Bringing cheese and spinach together

Mix up the spinach
the blanched and dried spinach while mixing.

Finely puree our wonderfully bright green cooked spinach.

Palak paneer sauce with butter
Refine the plak paneer sauce with butter

Add the butter to the sauce base.

Add the paneer to the sauce
Add the paneer to the sauce.

Add cheese cubes so that they also heat up.

Add the spinach to the paneer
Add the mixed spinach to the paneer cheese with sauce.

Then add the pureed spinach and stir everything together with a wooden spoon. When all the ingredients are hot enough, remove the pan or wok from the heat.

Dressing

Palak Paneer recipe picture
Indian spinach dish with cheese Palak Paneer served with bread

Serve the palak paneer with roasted cashew nuts.

Garnish the rice with dried edible flowers.

Prepare raita with yoghurt, cucumber, mint and coriander and serve.

Enjoy with fried papadam and spiced tea!

Video

I would like to briefly consider the roasting of the spices here. Roasting the spices is very important for the authentic taste. A highly heated wok always tends to be very hot, so please be careful! You definitely want to create roasted aromas, which you can then deglaze with tomatoes. You can let the spices steep in the sauce for a good 20 minutes so that the wonderful aromas can develop. Good luck!

The most important ingredient in all Indian dishes is the spices. The vegetables, on the other hand, are first cooked separately. Here is the list of ingredients for the spinach and the sauce.

2. Tip 1: Fine spinach and Indian spice cuisine come separately to the wedding

2.1 Spinach preparation

2.2 Sauce

After a short cooking time, puree the spinach with a hand blender and then add to the finished sauce preparation to mix.

add spinach to paneer
Add the mixed spinach to the cheese and sauce.

Please prepare the spinach and sauce separately at first. After pureeing the spinach, the royal children only come together.

Chef Thomas Sixt on Prince Spinach and Princess Sauce

3. Tip 2: Buy paneer or make it yourself?

This beautiful dish is made with Indian cream cheese. You can find it in the refrigerated section of the Asia Shop. This is how I made it.

Paneer cheese in bowl
Prepared Indian cheese in the bowl

But if you don’t have a shop that sells them, you can make your own paneer in three to four hours. It goes like this:

  1. Prepare 2 litres of fresh whole milk and 2 lemons.
  2. Boil the milk with a pinch of salt. Squeeze the lemons.
  3. Prepare a deep bowl with a sieve. Place a fresh kitchen towel in the sieve.
  4. Take the boiled milk off the heat and add the lemon juice while stirring.
  5. When the milk has become sufficiently fluffy and crumbly, pour the mixture through the kitchen towel and sieve so that the liquid drips out of the bottom into the bowl.
  6. Close the cloth at the top. Turn the cloth with the mixture out tightly and weigh the mixture down with a small pot or bowl.
  7. Let the liquid continue to squeeze out for about 2 hours.
  8. The mixture can then be placed in the refrigerator for about 1 hour to become even firmer.

Cut the paneer into approx. 1 cm cubes for the spinach. The cubes conveniently do not melt in the hot spinach and retain their wonderful shape.

Palak paneer
Wonderful palak paneer served with roasted cashews.

4. Tip 3: Exciting supplements

Jasmine or basmati rice are suitable as a side dish. Instead of rice, naan, roti (both Indian flatbreads) or papadam (lentil flatbread) are also delicious.

Palak Paneer with rice, papadam, raita and spiced tea
My cheese and spinach dish with basmati rice, papadam, raita and spiced tea

I like to serve a refreshing raita with the papadam.

My Raita for your Indian experience works like this:

  1. Yoghurt
  2. Cucumber diced without seeds
  3. Fresh mint
  4. Fresh coriander
  5. A little lemon juice
  6. Pepper and salt

Spiced tea like masala chai with milk is a perfect accompaniment.

Now I am at the end of my Indian spinach story. I hope you enjoy trying it out and tasting it.

Namaste!

Says cook yogi Thomas Sixt

5. Calories and nutritional values

6. More ideas with vegetables

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