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Saag Paneer

Simple and delicious… You’ve got to try this saag paneer recipe!

Saag paneer is such an amazing curry! I just love it.

This is also one of my favourite saag paneer recipes. You could just add the paneer raw but in this saag paneer you marinate the cheese overnight and then fry it.

This takes the saag paneer to a whole new level.

Saag Paneer curry

So easy to make… This is one you’ve got to try!

Which spinach should I use, fresh or frozen?

I am a big fan of frozen spinach. It is washed, cooked and then flash frozen to keep all the goodness in.

You could also use fresh spinach but many studies say that the frozen stuff is actually better for you. No chance of sandy spinach when you use frozen spinach! Go for frozen.

frozen spinach

All the work is done for you when you use frozen spinach. No washing, cooking… Just use it.

Working ahead…

This saag paneer recipe is quick and easy to make. There are still some things you can do to make it even easier on yourself.

The paneer and be marinated and then fried up to two days before making the curry. 

Just cover it tightly and keep the fried paneer in the fridge. Then take it out of the fridge about a half hour before cooking to come to room temperature. 

You can also cook (if using fresh spinach) and blend the spinach into a puree a couple of days before cooking the curry.

Make this saag paneer recipe your own…

I usually go light on the spices for this saag paneer because my family don’t like super hot curries.

Feel free to add more chilli powder to taste though. 

I do when I’m cooking it for myself. 

You might also like to stir in any leftover marinade. It’s tasty so why not?

If you like cooking by photographs, I have photographed each step for you below. 

Marinating the paneer

Marinate the paneer for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

frying cubed paneer

When ready to cook, fry the paneer for about 3 minutes.

frying paneer

Make sure to turn the cubes to sear them on all sides.

Blending spinach

Blend the spinach. Add a little water if needed to blend to a paste.

sizzling spices

Heat some oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds and fry for about 30 seconds. Then stir in the ground spices.

adding garlic to the pan

Add the chopped garlic and fry for a minute or so until softened and lightly browned.

Adding pureed spinach to the pan

Stir in the pureed spinach.

adding yoghurt

Add the yoghurt and stir well so that it doesn’t curdle.

Adding the paneer

Add the paneer to the pan and stir it in.

Adding cream to the pan

Add the cream to the pan and season with salt to taste.

If you like this saag paneer recipe, you might like to try some of these too. 

Onion bhaji curry
Broccoli curry
Muttar paneer
Chilli paneer

Go on… Give this delicious saag paneer a try.

Saag paneer curry

Saag paneer is delicious. You are going to love this.

Saag paneer curry

Dig in!

Saag Paneer

Saag paneer curry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250g (9oz) paneer cheese, cubed 5 tbsp rapeseed (canola) oil
  • 800g (1lb 12oz) fresh baby spinach
  • leaves, or 450g (1lb) frozen spinach
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder (more or less to
  • taste) (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 4 fat garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp plain yoghurt
  • Salt, to taste
  • 3 tbsp single (light) cream (optional)
  • FOR THE PANEER MARINADE
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1⁄2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp rapeseed (canola) oil

Instructions

  1. With a fork, make a few holes in each paneer cube and then mix well with the marinade ingredients. You can fry these immediately but the paneer does benefit from a longer marinating time.
  2. Fry the paneer in about 3 tablespoons of the oil in a frying pan set over a medium–high heat until nicely browned. Set aside while you cook the spinach.
  3. If using frozen spinach, there is no need to cook it. Pour 285ml (generous 1 cup) of water into a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the fresh spinach and simmer until the water has evaporated. Allow the spinach to cool, then blitz to a thick paste in a food processor. Set aside.
  4. Now heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan over a medium–high heat. When visibly hot, add the cumin seeds and stir them around in the oil for about 30 seconds, then add the chilli powder and turmeric.
  5. Stir in the garlic and fry until it turns a light golden brown. Be careful not to burn the garlic or it will turn bitter.
  6. Add the blended spinach to the pan and stir in the yoghurt, 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir in the fried paneer and heat through.
  7. Season with salt and serve immediately. I like to stir in about 3 tablespoons of single (light) cream to finish the dish off. This is optional but very nice.

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I hope you enjoy this saag paneer recipe. If you do try it, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

Andrew

Wednesday 31st of March 2021

Hi Dan. Recipe looks great, I’ll be making this at the weekend. One question - how many servings does this make? Thanks.

Dan Toombs

Thursday 1st of April 2021

This makes 4 portions. Thanks Dan

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