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Instant Pot Palak Paneer|Easy Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer is a dish of North Indian origin consisting of palak (spinach) and paneer (cottage cheese) in a thick curry sauce based on pureed spinach, onion ,tomatoes and spices
Course Gravy, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, north indian
Keyword healthy, indian keto recipes, instant pot, instant pot curry, keto, low carb, palak paneer, paneer recipes, under 30 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 254kcal
Author bhavana

Ingredients

Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml

  • 9 oz Spinach/Palak (about 256 grams)
  • 1 cup Paneer/Cottage cheese ,about 100 grams
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (jeera) seeds
  • 1 medium onion ,finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger ,minced
  • 3 garlic cloves ,minced
  • 2 green chillies ,finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato ,finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cream or cashew cream (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) (optional)

Instructions

INSTANT POT METHOD:

  • Press SAUTE mode on Instant Pot. Add oil in to the POT.
  • Once oil is hot add cumin seeds, let the cumin splutter then add onions, minced ginger and garlic, green chili and fry until onions turn light brown.
  • Next add diced tomato ,red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add water and deglaze the pot.Next add in the baby spinach .
  • Close the lid on the pot, and turn pressure valve to SEALING position.
  • Press CANCEL button on Instant Pot.Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and set timer to 2 Minutes.If using frozen spinach then set timer to 1 Minute.
  • Do a QUICK RELEASE(QR).Blend the ingredients in the pot to a creamy texture using an immersion blender.If you dont have immersion blender then take the mixture out ,cool it and then blend in a regular blender and add the mixture back to the instant pot.
  • Add garam masala ,kasuri methi and paneer and mix well.You can also add some fresh cream or cashew cream.No need to boil/saute again after adding paneer.Let it sit for 5 minutes
  • Delicious palak paneer is ready. Serve it with your favorite Indian bread variety (roti / naan / kulcha / paratha) or even plain rice.

STOVE TOP POT METHOD:

  • Heat oil in a kadai/pot.
  • Once oil is hot add cumin seeds, let the cumin splutter then add onions, minced ginger and garlic, green chili and fry until onions turn light brown.
  • Next add diced tomato ,red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add water and spinach.Close the lid and cook for 3-4 minutes.Then turn off the stove.
  • Cool the mixture and blend the ingredients into a creamy texture using blender.Later transfer the mixture into the kadai/pot.
  • Add garam masala ,kasuri methi and paneer and mix well.No need to boil/saute again after adding paneer.Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Delicious palak paneer is ready. Serve it with your favorite Indian bread variety (roti / naan / kulcha / paratha) or even plain rice.

Notes

I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT
 

TIPS & VARIATIONS:

  1. If you dont have paneer or tofu you can also add cubed boiled potatoes ,mushroom or boiled sweet corn.
  2. If you like you can also pan fry the paneer cubes till golden brown before adding them to the curry.
  3. Adding cashew-nut cream or fresh cream is optional .This is added to make the curry more rich and creamy.
  4. You can make cashew-nut cream by blending few soaked cashew-nuts and water in a blender.
  5. You can also add kasuri methi leaves (dried fenugreek leaves) in the end.
  6. You can also skip tomato and instead can add 2 tablespoon of curd for sourness or add juice of half lime after pressure cooking.
  7. If the spinach is bitter, you can use 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.
 
Note:Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 684mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1054IU | Vitamin C: 32.2mg | Calcium: 399mg | Iron: 3.2mg