Palak Paneer (2016) – Spinach Cottage Cheese Recipe by Manjula

Palak Paneer (2016) –  Spinach Cottage Cheese Recipe by Manjula

Palak paneer is a popular North Indian dish. Paneer cooked in creamy spinach gravy, makes it a delicious main dish. Serve palak paneer, with naan, paratha, or with rice. This was one of the recipes, I have done earlier, when I had just starting posting on YouTube. Over the years even my family says, that I have improved. My cooking has really improved. Thanks to all my viewers, who have helped me, and I do want to do my best. I decided to do this recipe again. This recipe will serve 3. To make palak paneer, we will need 10 ounces of spinach, washed and cleaned. This will make 8 cups of spinach. 1.5 cups of paneer cut into bite sized cubes, 1 tomato finely chopped this will make upto 3/4 cup of chopped tomato. 1 green chilly chopped. 1 tablespoon of chopped ginger. 1 tablespoon of oil. 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seed (jeera). 1/8 teaspoon of asafoetida (hing) 1 teaspoon of coriander powder (dhaniya) 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric (haldi) 1/2 teaspoon of red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon of salt 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. 1 tablespoon of whole wheat flour and 1/3 cup of heavy cream. First, I will soak the paneer, in hot water atleast for 5 minutes. This gives the soft and nice texture, to the paneer. It should be soaked atleast 5 minutes or longer. So, we will keep this one side. Now we are going to mix the whole wheat flour. with about 1/2 cup of water. Just to make a paste. Now I will blanch the spinach. Blanching the spinach keeps the spinach colour bright. So here I have 6 cups of water, already its boiling. I will put the spinach in this. Just for about 2 minutes. And just boil it, for about 2 minutes. And then we will transfer these spinach, into the cold, ice cold water. It has been about 2 minutes. I will turn off the heat. And just transfer the spinach, into the cold water. Keep the spinach in cold water, for about 2-3 minutes. And then drain all the water. I have drained the water. Now I will blend the spinach, ginger, and green chilly for about 1 minute. It should be creamy, but it should not become pasty. So here is the spinach. Green chilly, and ginger. Look at this. It has been about 1 minute, and the spinach has blended. Now we are going to make the palak paneer. Now I am ready to make palak paneer. Heat is on. Medium-high. I am using a frying pan. So use a bit bigger pan than you need. Because we don’t cover the spinach, when we are cooking, and it does splatter a little bit. I will first put the oil. Oil should be moderately hot, before we add the cumin seed. Cumin seed, asafoetida, As soon as all the cumin seeds crack, we are going to add the tomato. And then add all the spices. Turmeric, salt, sugar, coriander powder, and red chilly powder. Stir for about 1 minute, so tomatoes are little bit tender. Not very soft. This has been about 1 minute, lower the heat to low medium, and add the spinach. Mix it well. Cook the spinach over low medium heat. Do not cover the pan. After it comes to boil, then you should cook for about 5 minutes. This has been about 5 minutes. So I will add the whole wheat flour, and cream. Mix it well. And let this cook again for 5 minutes, over low medium heat. This has been about 5 minutes. I did stir in-between couple of times. This looks a little bit thick so, I will add 1/4 cup of water. Just bring it to boil again. And now add the paneer. I have already drained the water. Mix it well. Again let this cook for another 5 minutes. This has been 5 minutes. Palak paneer is ready. It has taken me, from beginning to now, 18 minutes of cooking time. Palak paneer is ready. This is a delicious dish, and favourite for my grandkids. Today I will be serving this, with naan. Enjoy, thank you. Please do subscribe to my YouTube channel. Till we meet again, check out more recipes on


  1. I love your videos and the few videos that I've seen gave me ideas for dinner with my fiancé, thank you so much and keep making awesome videos :3

  2. Hi Manjula, it is not easy to find paneer near my house. It is possible to substitute the paneer for any other ingredient? Thank you. ❤️

  3. God this looks so yummy. Thanks for your recipes mam.
    Please wear a saree in your next video. I really miss your old videos.

  4. Really glad that my favourite recipe got updated. Done this 3 times and I can't get enough! Once again, thank you, Manjula!

  5. Manjula, I love your videos! They're very easy to follow. Thank you for your awesome recipes! ☺️💖

  6. Manjula, im a huge fan of your channel and love making your recipes. You're the greatest, thank you for your informative videos and incredible personality!

  7. Thank you so much Manjula! I have friends from India who have taught me a few recipes, but I love Indian foods and I am learning so much from you! God bless you… Heidi Lynn…

  8. Another great video this is one of my favorites and you make it so simple that I can understand thank you definitely will try that soon!!!

  9. HELLO Manjula
    I Love your dishes I AM a veterinarian and look for home made recipes with spices and flavour I have tried quite a few of your dishes all very tasty and healthy. I Love the Saag and Aloo . spinach curry and veg korma, potato and pea patties and lots more hank you PRO-PEACE

  10. Nom looks great, however I notice you put flour in it, that's not usually the norm. What kind of flour? I am celiac, allergic to wheat flour!

  11. Wonderful that the time spent to cook the dish is also mentioned. Thank you Manjula Ji, I have already learnt so much from you ❤️❤️❤️

  12. your recipes are just mind blowing . The colour of your dish was so good . thanks for sharing your recipe .😍😍😍

  13. Hi manjula Baa, you r my favorite YouTuber and because of u I want to be a chef and youtuber when I grow up. ❤️🌝ok bye

  14. Manjula, thank you for creating this video. Very easy to follow and I can't wait to make my own. Do you have any suggestions for substituting cream for those of us who cannot handle lactose?

  15. I just filed your older recipe a few minutes ago. I do like this one better. When one loves to cook, our cooking never stops improving, so your family is right.

  16. It is very simple recipe. Have made it several times for my family and everyone licked there fingers at the end. Thanks

  17. Dear Mrs.Manjula,

    I tried your palak paneer recipe and unfortunately I didn't like the part were the steamed spinach gets blended with ginger and green chilly. I prefer to have green or dry red chilly sauteed in oil along with ginger as the smell and taste of adding the blended ginger spoiled the curry.

    I hope this helps someone else who tried the recipe and felt the same way.


  18. Thank you very much for this recipe! I was having so much trouble finding a good chana saag recipe – I came across this video and just switched the paneer for chickpeas. Delicious! I will definitely try your other recipes!

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