Instant Pot Palak Paneer / Spinach with cottage cheese

March 12, 2021
5 Stars
Photo by livingsmartandhealthy
Author Notes

Palak Paneer, a classic paneer dish from North Indian cuisine. Soft, fresh paneer (Indian cottage cheese) cubes are served in a creamy, flavorful gravy (sauce) made with palak (spinach), onion, garlic and aromatic spices. This Instant Pot Palak Paneer, is a quick, and healthy, one-pot version to this classic dish. A delightful, highly nutritious vegetarian dish. This dish is GLUTEN-FREE, LOW-CARB —livingsmartandhealthy

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • 1 pound Spinach (Palak), fresh or frozen, chopped
  • 12 ounces PANEER, cut into bite sized cubes, (around 2 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1-2 green chili, chopped, adjust to taste
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ASAFOETIDA (Hing)
  • 1 tablespoon tablespoon ghee or oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh cream (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons CORIANDER POWDER
  • 1/2 teaspoon CUMIN POWDER
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoons GARAM MASALA, adjust to taste
In This Recipe
  1. You will need Instant Pot. Turn ON saute mode (more). When it displays, “HOT”, add oil, asafoetida, garlic, onion. Saute for 1-2 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  2. Add water deglaze the pot. Add spinach, tomatoes, green chili, ginger.
  3. Add spices – coriander powder, cumin powder, and salt to taste.
  4. Turn OFF saute mode. Close the instant pot lid with vent on sealing position. Turn ON Manual / Pressure cook (High) for 1 minute.
  5. Turn OFF the “Keep warm” setting. Note: For fresh spinach – Pressure cook (High) for “ONE” minute. For frozen spinach – Pressure cook (High) for “TWO” minute(s).
  6. Once the instant pot beeps, do a quick pressure release. Open the instant pot lid, using an immersion blender, blend the spinach to puree, for creamy texture. Note: Blend to puree or course grind the spinach to a desired consistency. To puree palak, in blender, keep the lid of the blender slightly open to let the hot air escape while blending, to avoid any accidents. Use a kitchen towel to cover the lid to avoid any splashes.
  7. Turn ON saute mode (less), add paneer, garam masala, freshly squeezed lemon juice (around 1/2 teaspoon). Mix gently, bring the mixture to a gentle boil.
  8. Turn OFF the saute mode. Garnish with some cream (optional).
  9. Enjoy palak paneer with some naan, roti or paratha.

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