Palak Paneer (creamed spinach curry with fresh cheese)

Palak Paneer Thermomix RecipeInspiration: Anyone who has been to an Indian food restaurant has probably tasted Palak Paneer. The two words describe a popular combination of spinach, cubed fresh cheese, and curry spices that is commonly eaten with flat bread or rice. With the addition of cream or milk to temper spicy seasonings, Palak Paneer makes for a well-balanced  contrast of textures and flavours that magically masks the individual spices contained in this curry.  (You may not able to identify each flavour, but your tastebuds will love how they combine.)

Traditionally a slow cooked meal, Palak Paneer becomes faster and easier with Thermomix and is perfect for busy families. Paneer is easily and affordably made at home in just a few minutes. Started in the morning, your non-melting fresh cheese becomes a softer, blander counterpoint to the heat of the curry blend. Yum.

And as we break into new ways of cooking with a super kitchen machine, I propose that we give ourselves permission to take personal ‘liberties’ with traditional recipes. Most people will blanch the spinach in advance of adding to the recipe, but I find this unnecessary. Health conscious Thermomix fans who want to preserve nutrients can go one step further: reserve some spinach to be blended at the last minute for a light raw ‘kick’ if desired. Or not. You can choose to fry paneer before adding, or not. As always, adjust spices to your personal tastes. This is how I like Palak Paneer but please do make it your own!


Palak Paneer
together with rice, grain or flat bread this makes about 4 servings
Cuisine: Thermomix
Recipe type: Indian, Vegetarian
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • about 10 g (0.4 oz) (small chunk) fresh ginger
  • 25 g. (0.9 oz) oil (sunflower, canola etc, preferably not olive)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) onion, quartered
  • 200 g (7 oz) tomato, quartered (or substitute equal amount of diced canned tomato)
  • handful fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 fresh green chili pepper (quartered)
  • ⅛ tsp turmeric (optional)
  • 300 g (10.5 oz) fresh spinach
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) light cream (substitute with milk, soymilk, or even coconut milk for a flavourful twist)
  • 100-200 g (3.5-7 oz) paneer, cubed -- make your own!
  1. Mince the garlic and ginger for 6 seconds/speed 6.
  2. Push food down sides of bowl with a spatula, add oil, onion, salt and chop 5 seconds/speed 5. Clear sides of bowl with spatula and cook 4 minutes/100°C/217ºF/speed 2.
  3. Add tomato, green chili, and spices except fresh coriander. Chop 5 seconds/speed 5. Cook 4 minutes/100°C/212ºF/speed 1.
  4. Add spinach. If it feels too full, pack it in and put the lid on! Cook 5 minutes/100°C/212ºF/speed 2. (If too full for the measuring cap to fit in place, just rest it gently on top and it will settle into place as the spinach cooks down.)
  5. Chop for 6 seconds/speed 6 (increase speed gradually to avoid hot splashing on start.) Clear the sides of bowl with spatula if needed and continue cooking 12 minutes/80°C/175ºF/speed 1, measuring cap removed. Enjoy the aroma! If opting for fried paneer, you may use this time to fry paneer cubes till golden.
  6. Add cream and fresh coriander/cilantro, replace measuring cap on lid and blend for 6 seconds/speed 6. Add paneer and heat for 3 minutes/90°C/195ºF/REVERSE/soft stir before pouring into a ThermoServer or serving bowl. (Alternatively, if adding fried paneer, toss gently into the warmed sauce just prior to serving.)
  7. Serve with rice, grains, or chapati (recipe coming soon!)


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See 34 comments from people who cook with Thermomix:

  1. Megan April 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    I have just made Paneer the other day and was showing off and wanted to make this dish as I recently had it at my favourite Himalyan/Nepalese restaurant and could not get enough!
    Not only is it super tasty but it is low carb too.
    I will make it tomorrow and let you know
    Thanks for the fabulous TMX friendly recipe

  2. Tebasile April 13, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    Yumm Helene. Time for me to make paneer again, I’ve just made your coconut butter :-)

  3. ThermomixBlogger Helene April 13, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Hi Tebasile and Cookie 1 — You are both ‘seasoned’ paneer cooks and I hope you will have fun experimenting with new flavours. Please do tell us of your successes so that others will be inspired to make paneer for the first time. It’s so ridiculously easy and hugely rewarding. Truly “instant” cheese!

  4. Jude McIntyre May 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    This looks absolutely delicious – I love Palek Paneer. I will give this a go with my own home-grown spinach.
    Thanks for another winning recipe Helene.

  5. ThermomixBlogger Helene May 7, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    Oh my… home-grown spinach. Lucky you! I am a few months behind in that regard ;-)

  6. Di July 28, 2011 at 1:36 am #

    All these comment focus on paneer. I’m after creamed spinach. Very like Palak paneer and Palak aloo. There was a restaurant on Union Square in San Francisco that served the most incredible bowl of creamed spinach. I’m sure it must have originated as an indian recipe. Anyway, this sounds like a lovely combination of flavours. I’ll go try it.
    Cheers from down under.

  7. ThermomixBlogger Helene July 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    Hi there Di — well, I do hope you try it after all, cuz even without the paneer, this creamed spinach is quite divine. In fact, it’s my fave part of the meal. I could eat this (minus the paneer) forever ;-)

  8. Lellyj October 10, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    Thanks for your excellent panneer making pictures. Made paneer and then this palak paneer recipe. Both were fantastic! I’m thrilled with the result. Thanks so much, Helene

  9. ThermomixBlogger Helene October 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    And you know what Lellyj??? I get a thrill too — from hearing about your successful experiment at making paneer, and the joy that comes from such culinary conquests! Thanks for coming back to tell us about it ;)

  10. Katya October 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. Thanks for a wonderful recipe that makes it so easy to cook.

    I’m definitely going to be making it again

  11. Katya October 24, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    I forgot to say I had no coriander to put IN THE MIX

  12. ThermomixBlogger Helene October 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    So glad to hear of your success.. Rest assured: with or without coriander… you dear Katya, are still “in the mix” for the giveaway ;-)

  13. Lizzie M October 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Hi Helene…I’m still new to Thermomix and have just discovered your wonderful blog. My hubbie & I love all Asian food, particularly Indian so love this recipe. Haven’t made the paneer yet but will do really soon. I have a lot of silverbeet in my garden so have made the sauce only so far. Looking forward to the chapati recipe too! Thanks for your inspriation!

  14. ThermomixBlogger Helene November 1, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    Oops, Lizzie — sorry to say I forgot about posting the Chapati recipe. I think that happened because at the time I was going to blog about it, the new Thermomix app was released and it had a chapati recipe in there, so I thought it might not be necessary. I think there’s one in the Indian cookbook too. Still, you’ve made me hungry for chapati now. I love the soft warming comfort of this food combination, don’t you? I’m also tickled to hear that you are using garden-grown silverbeet greens in your version. High five!

  15. Lids March 21, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    I just made it. Very tasty, although a little acidic or tangy in flavour – not sure why. A little similar in flavour to the lentil dish in the TM recipe book. I made nan bread with cheese next to it. Regardless we enjoyed it! Oh and the paneer cheese was to die for! That was easy and turned out perfect.

  16. ThermomixBlogger Helene March 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    So glad you tried and enjoyed ;-) Thanks for coming back to comment Lids!

  17. Michelle July 17, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    We had this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I used the thick part of the coconut cream instead of normal cream and it was perfect. Thanks for a great recipe.

  18. ThermomixBlogger Helene July 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Thank YOU Michelle, for adding the coconut twist to this recipe. I love it when recipes ‘grow’ by being improved upon by others!

  19. FaithHopeLoveTruth August 21, 2012 at 3:18 am #

    This is the BEST Palak Paneer I have tasted, and I have tasted quite a few! I made the paneer (using your recipe) yesterday, and the Palak Paneer tonight (using baby spinach). Only modification – I used less cream (30gms). I will try Michelle’s suggestion of coconut cream next time.
    Abosolutely brilliant. Thank you so much!!

  20. ThermomixBlogger Helene August 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Thanks so much for your feedback! I am SO glad this recipe inspired you to modify and play with it further.

  21. Ann September 19, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    Is it okay to use olive oil. There is a lot of talk about canola and other oils not being healthy of course that could change next week lol, anyway since I have some health issues to be on the safe side I’d like to use olive oil. Just wondering if it’s okay to use. Thank you!

  22. ThermomixBlogger Helene September 19, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Hi Anne — Yes, agree, but I always buy my oils at the health food store and strive for the healthiest options when not using olive oil. (Generally I use healthiest cold-pressed flax oil in everything where there is not heating involved in the recipe, but of course that won’t do for this.) The reason I suggest using oil other than olive oil here is because good olive oil (and the so-so-good olive oil too) imparts a flavour that I don’t particularly want in this recipe. It’s really not a big deal! Go ahead and make it with olive oil and see how you like it. We’re just talking a small amount of oil anyway ;-) Have fun and “Bon Appetit!”

  23. Jude October 3, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    Hi Helene!
    I made this for dinner tonight and the paneer yesterday. It was delicious! Another winner from you. Thanks!

  24. ThermomixBlogger Helene October 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    Great to hear it Jude, thanks for your feedback. In my world, this is considered real comfort food ;-)

  25. Jen August 11, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    This is so simple, easy & delicious!!! Thanks for this great recipe & the recipe for paneer cheese.

  26. ThermomixBlogger Helene August 12, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Happy to know you enjoyed it… keep on mixing ;-)

  27. Usha February 3, 2015 at 7:03 am #

    hi, can you publish recipe for vegetarian briyani rice? i cant find any online. thanks.

  28. Julie July 14, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

    My sisters and I do meal swap. I made this for the first week and now I am making it again for everyone as it was such a hit! So delicious!!

  29. ThermomixBlogger Helene August 2, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    Yay Julie, thanks for your enthusiastic feedback!


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