Palak Paneer | Spinach Indian Cottage Cheese Gravy. Palak paneer is one of the most popular and scrumptious North Indian curries. In this recipe, Paneer cubes are cooked in silky smooth spicy spinach puree. This palak paneer curry is so perfect for an easy weekend or weeknight dinner.
The only way to lift-up the mood during the breezy and dark climate is everything curry in my lexicon. And today I have decided to share one of the most common and popular Indian curries which you might have dined at Indian restaurants.
These days I am all-in for traditional and authentic dishes. My reason? It is pretty simple. Lately, I am getting a lot of frequent requests on sharing some particular Indian dishes. My friends and audience want to see my way of making some of the very traditional and authentic Indian recipes which I haven’t posted on my blog yet. The good thing is that all of these requested recipes are simple and basic. These are especially the ones which they can get anywhere.
These are the dishes which are being cooked in Indian families for many years. So I was kind of surprised when I got such requests from the natives who know it all.
When they asked, I was like “why do people need these simple and basic recipes? And why are they asking me to share it when they can get it anywhere?” Also, another interesting part is that their requests are not impulsive. They are really genuine because they keep reminding me every once in a while about their requests.
Somehow, it felt so good that they trust my expertise, and so that also meant they love my recipes. And being normal human beings, we all like appreciation. 🙂
So here is one such recipe on my audience’s demand — Palak Paneer aka Spinach Paneer Gravy.
I just can’t hide my passion for this recipe. There’s just something about all the curry dishes — they would attract you, no matter what your age is. Now in my home, I am not the only one who craves for curries every once in a while. Lately, little ‘A’ has also started demanding curries and naan.
When I don’t make any curry for a week, she would start asking: “Mommy, it’s been so many days you did not make any curry and naan.”
Me: “I made a curry the last weekend, don’t you remember?”
Little A: Yeah, but I want it today again. Can you make it today, please?”
Me: “Okay, I will think about it.”
Little A: “Please mommy, please make it.”
Me: “Okay, I will make it.”
Little A: “Which one are you making?”
And this conversation goes on and on until she gets to eat curry with some naan, paratha or rice.
I kinda fancy these tiny demands of her and try to fulfill them whenever I can. It’s such a blessing when you know what kind of food your child enjoys with all her heart. And the most satisfying moment for me is when I hear a humming sound while she eats what she loves. That is the moment when it seems like all my efforts were totally worth it. There is definitely a little foodie inside her.
Now you know why I am so thrilled about this curry. I have all the reasons to love it. : )
About Palak Paneer, it is a popular classic North Indian curry. This is one of the most loved curries by North Indians. This curry is a true classic that everyone can love. And yes, I understand that spinach might be a turnoff for some people. But there’s a way out.
As a child, I never liked spinach other than the one presented in the pureed form. And that’s why I love this spinach curry because this is so creamy and you don’t see any spinach leaves in there. Imagine how healthily nice it is when you include lots of green with lots of cheese.
This palak paneer curry is so perfect for an easy weekend or weeknight dinner. This curry is the ultimate comfort food. Making this curry is super quick and it tastes delicious with naan, roti, paratha or with rice.
The curry is made of pureed blanched spinach and paneer (aka Indian cottage cheese). Blanching helps the spinach to retain its green color. I use the remaining water for making roti dough to make sure that there is no loss of nutrients. But if you want to healthify it even more, then I would suggest you to make raw spinach puree by adding a little water.
This simple recipe can be prepared in many different ways. Today I am sharing the way my Mom uses to make palak paneer.
To make it vegan, you can simply swap paneer for tofu and milk cream for nut cream or nut milk.
You may also like these other Paneer recipes.
If you cook this dish, be sure to tag your photo with this hashtag: #mggk
Happy Cooking and Keep Sharing! 🙂