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Saag Paneer Recipe

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  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Indulge in the rich flavors of Indian cuisine with our Saag Paneer recipe, combining creamy spinach with cubes of paneer cheese for a vegetarian delight!


Units Scale
  • 600g spinach, washed and roughly chopped
  • 300g paneer, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cm piece ginger, grated
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 100 ml cream (optional, for richness)
  • salt, to taste
  • water, as needed


  1. Blanch Spinach: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add spinach and blanch for 1-2 minutes until wilted. Drain and plunge into ice water to retain the green color. Once cooled, drain and puree the spinach in a blender. Set aside.
  2. Fry Paneer: Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan. Add paneer cubes and fry until golden brown on all sides. Remove and set aside on paper towels.
  3. Sauté Spices and Other Ingredients: In the same pan, add the remaining oil. Once hot, add cumin seeds. When they start to sputter, add chopped onions and sauté until golden. Add garlic, ginger, and green chilies, cooking for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add Spices: Mix in turmeric and coriander powder, stirring for a minute.
  5. Combine Spinach: Add the spinach puree to the pan. Add a little water if the mixture is too thick. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add Paneer: Return the paneer to the pan, mixing gently. Cook for another 5 minutes. If using, stir in cream for extra richness.
  7. Season and Serve: Add garam masala and salt to taste. Cook for a final 2 minutes. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


  • Consistency: Adjust the consistency of the saag by adding water as needed. It should be creamy but not too thick.
  • Spice Levels: Modify the amount of green chilies based on your preference for heat.
  • Paneer Substitute: Firm tofu can be a good substitute if paneer is unavailable.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve hot with naan, roti, or rice.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Pan fry
  • Cuisine: Indian