Palak Paneer (Cottage Cheese in Spinach Curry) – Shack Saturdays Special

Palak Paneer - Indian Curry ShackMy better half and I wanted to have a healthy meal tonight. We have been focusing on fitness lately. 😉 I saw Spinach in the refrigerator but plain spinach sounded a little boring. So, I thought of adding some Cottage Cheese cubes  to the Spinach and making the two into a popular Indian delicacy ‘Palak Paneer’.

Experience the unique taste of Spinach (Palak) and Cottage Cheese (Paneer), cooked with flavoured spices. Here’s the recipe of this delicious combination. I added a secret ingredient in this recipe… read on to find about it. 🙂

Preparation Time 15-20 minutes
Cooking Time 25-30 minutes
Servings 4
Main Ingredients Cottage Cheese & Spinach
Course Main-course
Level Of Cooking Medium


  • Cottage Cheese  250 grams cut into 1 inch cubes
  • Spinach  250 grams
  • Cumin seeds  1 teaspoon
  • Cloves  2
  • Cooking Oil  4 tablespoons
  • Black cardamom  1
  • Green cardamom  1
  • Onion finely ground  1 medium
  • Garlic paste  2 teaspoon
  • Ginger paste  1 teaspoon
  • Tomato  1 medium ground
  • Green chillies  2 ground with tomato
  • Turmeric powder  1/2 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder  1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder  1 teaspoon
  • Milk  1 tablespoon
  • Salt  to taste


Step 1
Grind spinach with 2 tablespoons of water and keep aside.

Step 2
Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add green cardamom, black cardamom, cumin seeds and cloves and sauté for a minute. Add onion and sauté till browned. Add garlic and ginger paste and sauté for a minute.

Step 3
Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder and mix well. Add salt, tomato and green chilli purée and cook further for five minutes.

Palak Paneer Masala with Paneer - Indian Curry ShackPalak Paneer Masala with Paneer and Palak - Indian Curry ShackStep 4
Add  the Cottage Cheese cubes and stir for two-three minutes. Add ground spinach and garam masala powder and mix well. Cook for three-four minutes. Add the tablespoon of milk now and give a nice stir. Remove Cloves and Cardamoms (if you find any).

After this step, what I did (which is not necessary if you are making a Palak Paneer) was added the secret ingredient ‘White Button Mushrooms’ – diced and tossed separately in a pan with some salt an d black pepper powder.Tossed Mushrooms - Indian Curry Shack I added it to the mix of Spinach and Cottage Cheese. The dish became tastier and because we wanted to go for a healthy meal, it was exactly what we wanted and we licked our fingers.

Step 5
You can serve it hot with chapati (Indian bread) or steamed rice.

Relish your Palate!

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