palak paneer recipe|how to make restaurant style palak paneer

palak paneer recipe-tender cottage cheese or paneer is simmered in tasty delicious palak gravy. palak paneer is one of the most popular paneer recipes in most of the indian kitchens.In this post you will learn how to make restaurant style palak paneer recipes at home without using any tomato and cashew paste at home.perfect-green-palak-paneer-in-black-ceramics-bowl

 

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Though,you can make palak paneer in different ways but this is quick,simple,healthy as well as tasty punjabi palak paneer recipe which can be prepared by anyone at home.

 

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What is palak paneer made of?

Palak Paneer is made of paneer or indian cottage cheese cooked in palak gravy,which is the mixture of butter cumin seed,ginger-garlic,green chili,onion,a pinch of salt,coriander powder,kashmiri red chili powder and cream.

 

How to retain green colour of palak leaves after blanching ?

To retain green colour of your palak paneer gravy,after blanching immediately pour the palak leaves into icy water.

 

Can i make palak paneer recipe without tomato and cashew nut?

yes,

This recipe is made without using any tomato and cashew paste.

It’s all up to you.

 

What to serve with Palak Paneer recipe ?

Palak Paneer Serve best with indian roti,nun,paratha even plain rice,jeera rice goes well.

 

Tips To Make Best Palak Paneer Recipe 

 

  • Choice Of Paneer:Palak Paneer can be made both homemade paneer and store bought paneer but before using store bought packet paneer keep them in warm water upto 15-20 min to make them soft.

 

  • Choice Of Spinach:Use light green colour tender and young palak leaves not stems unless it tastes bitter.

 

  • Blanching Palak Leaves:To eliminates most of the harmful chemicals and pesticides from the palak leaves with addition of salt and vinegar blanch the palak leaves 2 to 3 min before making palak paste.

 

  •  Richness Of Palak Gravy: To make restaurant style palak paneer add good quality cream at the end of recipe and mix with low flame which not only enhances richness of palak gravy but also tastes very good. 

 

Note: at the end of this detailed step by step palak paneer preparation I put all the palak paneer ingredients list including a quick overview of steps in the recipe card.

 

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Here i break the complete preparation process into two simple categories,

first one blanching palak or spinach leaves,and the second one is making tasty creamy palak paneer gravy.

so,lets make it.
 

Blanching Palak Leaves

 
1.At first,pluck young light green spinach or palak leaves from stems and rinse them in running water.
 
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2.Now,to prepare palak paste  pour 3 to 4 cup water in a deep pan.
 
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3.Add 1 tsp vinegar
 
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4.Add 1 tsp salt.
 
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5.Add spinach leaves in hot water.
 
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6.stir each palak leaves and gently immersed in hot water.
 
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7.Now boil the spinach leaves at least 2 to 3 min in medium flame.
 
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8.Then,take palak leaves out gently and immediately immerse into icy water for another 2 min to retain it’s green texture.
 
 
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9.Next,pour fry or blanch palak leaves in a blender
 
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10.Make a smooth paste for palak paneer.
 
 
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Note: If you want to avoid blanching palak leaves and prefer for frying then add 2 tbsp oil in pan and saute spinach leaves 2-3 min in medium flame .
 

Making Palak Paneer Gravy

 
1.For making palak gravy,heat 2 tbsp oil or butter in a pan or kadai and melt the butter in low flame.
 
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2.Next,add some 1 tbsp cumin seed

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3.saute them 45 second to 1 min in medium to low flame.

 

4.add 1 tbsp chopped ginger garlic

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5.saute ginger-garlic until raw aroma completely disappear.

 

6.add ,1 to 2 chopped green chilies.

 

7.add 1 medium size chopped onions & saute in medium flame until slightly golden brown

 

 

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Note:If you want to use chopped tomatoes then add it now & fry in medium to low flame until it becomes soft & mushy.[optional]

 
8.Now add smooth palak paste in the pan.
 
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9.Now quickly stir palak paste with fried onions.
 
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10.Now,mix ¼ tsp salt [adjust as per need]
 
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11.add 1 tsp red chilli powder.
 
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12.Also add 1 tsp coriander powder.
 
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13.Now cook for 2 to 3 min in low flame until raw aroma of all the spices goes away.
 
 
 
14.The add a little water if required and simmer the mixture at least 8 to 9 min until raw smell of spinach completely goes away.
 
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15.Next,add Indian cottage cheese or paneer cube in this palak paneer gravy. 
 

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16.Then,gently mix  all paneer cube in this palak gravy for another 2 to 3 min in low flame.

 

 
 
17.For restaurant style palak paneer add 3 tbsp cream in this palak paneer gravy and gently mix cream in this gravy without breaking paneer for another 2 min in low flame.
 
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Note: at this stage we don’t cook the cream just mix gently with paneer gravy.
 
 
18.Finally,we prepared restaurant style palak paneer recipe now serves hot with Indian roti,paratha,nun.
 
 
 

Palak Paneer Recipe Card

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Yield: 4

palak paneer recipe

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palak paneer recipe-tender cottage cheese or paneer is simmered in tasty delicious palak gravy. palak paneer is one of the most popular winter recipes in India.Serve it hot with roti,naan,paratha.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp oil.
  • 1 tbsp butter.
  • 1 tsp cumin or jeera.
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder.
  • 1 tsp coriander powder.
  • 1 tsp dry fenugreek or kasuri methi [optional]
  • 1 medium size finely chopped onion.
  • 2 to 3 chopped green chilli or hari mirch.
  • 2 small size finely chopped tomatoes [optional].
  • 400 gm or 2 bunch of fresh spinach or palak leaves.
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic Paste or adrak lahsun paste.
  • 200 to 250 gm fresh cottage cheese or paneer cube.
  • 8-10 water soaked cashew nut [optional].
  • 2 to 3 cup water.
  • 3 tbsp cream.
  • salt to taste.

Instructions

    How to make restaurant style palak paneer recipe ?

    1. At first, pluck young spinach or palak leaves from stems and rinse them in running water.
    2. Now,to prepare palak paste you can do it in two ways either frying or blanching palak leaves.
    3. For frying, add oil in pan and fry both palak and green chilli 2-3 min in medium flame until raw smell goes away.
    4. Now for blanching,add palak leaves in a mixture of hot water vinegar, salt,
    5. Then add the Palak Leaves and stir upto 2 to 3 min in medium flame.
    6. Next,take palak leaves out gently and immediately immerse into icy water for another 2 min.
    7. After that, blend fry or blanch Palak leaves and make a smooth paste for palak paneer. gravy.
    8. If,you want to use cashew in your palak paneer recipe,you can blend it now and set aside for later use. [optional]
    9. Next,heat oil or butter in a pan or kadai.
    10. Add cumin seed and saute for some time in medium flame.
    11. Now add chopped ginger-garlic and saute in medium flame until raw aroma of ginger garlic goes away.
    12. Now, add chopped chopped green chilli,onions & saute in medium flame until onion slightly golden brown.
    13. If you want to use chopped tomatoes add it now & fry in medium to low flame until it becomes soft & mushy. [optional]
    14. After that,add smooth palak puree and mix with rest of the ingredients.
    15. Next,mix salt,red chilli powder,coriander powder and cook for another sometime until raw aroma of spices goes away.
    16. If water required add a little amount of it,then simmer the gravy for some time.
    17. Finally,add cottage cheese aka paneer cube in this palak paneer gravy  mix everything for another 2 min in low flame.
    18. Furthermore,for getting restaurant style palak paneer flavour add heavy cream in this palak paneer gravy and gently mix everything without breaking paneer for some time in low flame.
    19. So,we prepare one of the popular Indian cuisine palak paneer recipe , serves hot with indian naan,roti, fried rice,jeera rice.

Notes

palak paneer recipe note

    1. If you are going to use cashew nut then make sure soak them in hot water upto 20 to 30 min before preparing your palak paneer recipe
    2. Frying or blanching whatever method you follow don’t over fry or over blanch palak leaves more than 2-3 min otherwise palak leaves lost all its textures.
    3. if you are vegan or have any type of allergic to dairy products, then add tofu instead of paneer and skip cream entirely or use coconut cream

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

4

Amount Per ServingCalories 792Total Fat 52gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 24gCholesterol 128mgSodium 2493mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 8gSugar 9gProtein 47g

Disclaimer: The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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