Indian Saag Paneer
This dish became popular in the United States as Palak (spinach) Paneer. Saag Paneer is more flexible as you can use and combine any green leaves you like.
Paneer is an Indian fresh cheese similar to unsalted cottage cheese. It melts not easily. We included in this recipe plenty of options for an even delicious dish if you can’t find paneer.
- Substitute paneer with tofu, feta, garbanzo beans (drained can), or cottage cheese, and/or serve it over boiled potatoes.
- If you don’t have a food processor, chopped the leaves finely. Or use baby leaves and use them whole for more texture.
The Saag Paneer Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
Cumin, coriander, garlic, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, white pepper
Indian Saag Paneer
- 18 oz baby leaves from kale, spinach, chard, and/ or collard greens*
- 12 oz paneer or halloumi cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 onion finely chopped or grated
- butter or vegetable oil or ghee
- salt & pepper
Saag Paneer Culinary Spice Kit
- Cumin, coriander, garlic, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, white pepper
- 1-2 green chilies chopped
- additional garlic to taste grated
- 1-2 tsp lemon juice
- 1-4 tbsp heavy cream or yogurt
- naan or other fresh flatbread
- cooked Basmati rice
- boiled potatoes
- In a large POT, bring 4 quarts of water to boil.
- Add leaves and cook for 3 minutes.
- Drain and let cool.
- In a FOOD PROCESSOR, grind leaves with a cup of water into a smooth puree.
- Optionally, add green chilies.
- In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp butter over medium-low heat.
- Fry onions with a dash of salt until they turn translucent.
- Stir in Saag Paneer spices.
- Optionally, add garlic to taste.
- Add leaves puree and salt & pepper to taste.
- If using tofu, chicken, or garbanzo beans, add them now.
- Add some water if you like the dish more liquid. Mix well.
- Cook 5 minutes over medium-low heat.
- Add paneer cubes. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Optionally, finish the dish to taste with lemon juice, and/ or heavy cream or yogurt.
- Serve with bread, rice, or over potatoes.