Traditional Saag Paneer: A Creamy Spinach Delight


Embark on a flavorful journey to the heart of Indian cuisine with our Traditional Saag Paneer: A Creamy Spinach Delight. This beloved dish combines the mild, fresh cheese known as paneer with a rich and aromatic spinach sauce, seasoned with a medley of spices that will transport your senses. Saag Paneer is a testament to the depth and diversity of Indian culinary traditions, offering a harmonious blend of textures and flavors that promise to captivate and comfort in every bite.

Traditional Saag Paneer: A Creamy Spinach Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 cup

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 250 kcal
  • Protein: 14g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg
  • Sodium: 620mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 2g


  • 450g (1 lb) paneer, cubed
  • 600g (1.3 lbs) spinach, washed and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, pureed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 100ml (3.4 oz) heavy cream
  • Water as needed

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a large pan over medium heat. Add the paneer cubes and fry until golden brown on all sides. Remove and set aside on a paper towel.
  2. In the same pan, add the remaining ghee. Once hot, add cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds.
  3. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent. Add the minced garlic, ginger, and green chilies, cooking until aromatic.
  4. Stir in the tomato puree, turmeric, coriander powder, and salt. Cook until the oil begins to separate from the mixture.
  5. Add the chopped spinach and a splash of water, cover, and cook until the spinach wilts and becomes tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Use an immersion blender to puree the spinach mixture to your desired consistency. You can also leave it chunky if preferred.
  7. Return the pan to heat, add the fried paneer cubes, and simmer for 5-10 minutes. The paneer should soak up some of the sauce and become soft.
  8. Stir in the heavy cream and garam masala, cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes until everything is heated through.
  9. Garnish with a swirl of cream or fresh cilantro leaves before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a vegan version, substitute paneer with tofu and ghee with oil.
  • If you prefer a creamier texture, you can add more heavy cream or blend the spinach to a smooth consistency.
  • Serve with warm naan or basmati rice for a complete meal.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use frozen spinach? 

Yes, you can use frozen spinach as a convenient alternative. Thaw and drain well before use.

How can I store leftovers? 

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove.

Can I make this dish ahead of time? 

Yes, saag paneer can be made ahead of time and reheats well, making it perfect for meal prep.

As the final spoonful of Traditional Saag Paneer: A Creamy Spinach Delight lingers on your palate, the journey through the rich tapestry of Indian flavors comes to a close. This dish, with its simple ingredients and profound tastes, embodies the spirit of home-cooked meals, bringing warmth and joy to your table. May the comfort and satisfaction it provides inspire you to explore more culinary delights, sharing the love and flavors of India with those around you.