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Saag Paneer

Love Indian food and have been wanting to try to make it at home? Then this creamy Saag Paneer is the perfect dish for you! It's an incredibly easy but super flavorful dish, and the perfect introduction to Indian cooking at home!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Diet Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 351kcal
Author Tracy


  • 7-8 oz Paneer
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1″ piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 -2 tablespoons water
  • 8 cups fresh spinach approximately 8 oz
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • ½ teaspoons garam masala
  • ¼ teaspoons cayenne


  • Place garlic, ginger, a tablespoon or two of water in a mortar and pestle and crush into a paste (or use a small blender or a spice grinder and then mash in a bowl with some water).
  • Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add cheese and fry until golden brown for about 3 minutes and then with tongs turn to fry on other side for another 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon (to reserve oil), transfer cheese to a plate and set aside and reserve the oil in the skillet.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30-60 seconds. Add spinach, salt to taste, and cook, stirring often, until spinach wilts, about 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat and stir in cream, garam masala, and cayenne. Continue to cook for another 2 minutes stirring in spinach.
  • Add cheese to skillet and continue cooking, stirring constantly allowing the liquid to thicken, about 5 minutes, or until it's to the consistency you'd like.
  • Serve with your favorite Naan and rice!


Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7714IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 446mg | Iron: 2mg