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
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.
Add water deglaze the pot. Add spinach, tomatoes, green chili, ginger.
Add spices – coriander powder, cumin powder, and salt to taste.
Turn OFF saute mode. Close the instant pot lid with vent on sealing position. Turn ON Manual / Pressure cook (High) for 1 minute.
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).
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.
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.
Turn OFF the saute mode. Garnish with some cream (optional).
Enjoy palak paneer with some naan, roti or paratha.