Saag Paneer


Tender chunks of homemade cheese cooked in creamed spinach

Saag paneer (and palak paneer) are vegetarian Indian dish made of curried greens and fried paneer cheese. You’ve likely come across the dish at your favorite Indian restaurant, but now’s the time to try making authentic saag paneer at home! 

Saag paneer is a popular Indian vegetarian dish made of spinach and other leafy greens (called saag) and paneer (Indian cottage cheese).

The greens are ground into a paste, and seasoned with spices. Fried paneer is then added on top.

The origin of this dish is from the province of Punjab in northern India.


Saag paneer is a classic Indian dish of cooked spinach studded with cubes of fried paneer cheese. Thickened with cream or coconut milk, it’s a hearty and filling vegetarian meal.

Saag refers to an Indian vegetable dish in which spinach or other dark greens are stewed with ginger, garlic, fresh chiles and spices until meltingly soft. As the name suggests, saag paneer includes paneer, a mild Indian cheese that is firm enough to cook without melting.

The heat of the serrano chiles balances the creamy richness, but for a milder dish, remove the seeds before mincing the chiles. The fresh greens are finely chopped before cooking, to help them break down faster into a silky gravy. Thawed chopped frozen spinach can be used to save time, but make sure to drain well and squeeze out the excess liquid first. Finish the dish with a little heavy cream (or plain yogurt) to lend body and richness.


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