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!



  1. I heard that this was an absolutely delicious dish, and I am curious. Isnt it wonderful that there are so many ways in the world to make food. Is your recipe hot? meaning you put red pepper or hot palak? This Indian dish combines fresh spinach and ricotta in a creamy palak paneer. Use paneer if you can find it! It is absolutely wonderful with basmati rice or naan.

  2. Ahh, I wish I could get more serious in eating healthy foods. This looks delicious, btw. 🙂

  3. It looks delicious 🙂

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