Instant Pot Palak Paneer / Spinach with cottage cheese

March 12, 2021
1 Ratings
Photo by livingsmartandhealthy
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Serves 4
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

What You'll Need
  • 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
  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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