Saag Paneer Recipe

A collage showing seared paneer on the left and finished saag paneer on the right.

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I couldn't find one saag paneer recipe that resembled another. I went for a rather simple, almost comfort-food version, but you can jack the spices way up if you'd like.

Recipe Facts



Cook: 35 mins
Total: 35 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 4 teaspoons butter, divided

  • 4 teaspoons grapeseed or other neutral oil, divided

  • 1 pound frozen paneer

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1/2-inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped

  • 1-3 small green chiles, seeded and chopped

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon mild, medium, or hot curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • Two 10-ounce packages spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt, as needed

  • Salt, to taste

  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, optional


  1. Heat 1 teaspoon each butter and oil over medium heat in a large nonstick pan. Add paneer, frying until each square in browned on two or more sides, 12 to 15 minutes. Turn the paneer and shake pan occasionally. Remove from pan, set aside.

  2. Wipe out pan. Heat remaining butter and oil. Add onion, ginger, garlic, and chiles. Fry over medium heat until onions are soft but not browned, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add curry and cumin, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  4. Add spinach to pan, stirring until well blended. Transfer spinach mixture to food processor or blender and add enough yogurt to render the mixture creamy. If you prefer a coarser mixture, reserve 1/3 of the spinach before processing.

  5. Return to pan, adding reserved unmixed spinach, if using. Add warm water, if needed, to thin.

  6. Stir in paneer, heating gently until paneer softens somewhat.

  7. Serve over Indian bread or white rice or even couscous (the last not authentic but quite good).

  8. Top with cilantro, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
367 Calories
26g Fat
16g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 367
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 1110mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 23mg 114%
Calcium 695mg 53%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 617mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)