Palak Paneer Recipe using Spice Mix

Palak Paneer Recipe using Spice Mix

Authentic Traditional Recipe made with pre-measured Indian Spices

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Palak Paneer is also called Saag Paneer made with spinach and paneer cubes. My son loved this dish and would eat it 365 days a year! Now, his daughter is also a big fan!

Prep time: 15 mins; Cook time: 30 mins; Serves 4


  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Finely chopped onions - 3/4 cups
  • Diced tomatoes - 1 cup
  • Ginger - 1"
  • Garlic - 2-3 cloves
  • Flavor Temptations Palak Paneer Spice Mix (contains 4 Flavor Blends) - 1
  • Finely chopped spinach - 8 oz.
  • Paneer / Firm Tofu (cut into 1" cubes) - 2 cups
  • Water (as needed) - 1/2 cup (approx.)
  • Salt to taste -1/2 to 1 tsp
  • Chopped cilantro - 6-8 stems (optional)


  1. Heat oil in 12” skillet on medium heat, add Blend #1 (Cumin Seeds) and step back to allow seeds to burst and sizzle, releasing their flavors
  2. Add onions and cook until onions are soft and transparent. Add ginger and garlic, cook for 1 minute
  3. Add Blend #2 (Turmeric powder, Coriander powder and Cumin powder) and cook for 1-2 minutes, releasing fragrant aromas
  4. Add Blend #3 (Cayenne) according to preferred spice level:(Hot: add all of it; Medium: add half of it; Mild: do not add any)
  1. Add tomatoes and cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes until tomatoes are soft and oil separates
  2. Add spinach, salt, and just enough water to cover the spinach
  3. Cook covered 5-6 minutes on medium heat, until spinach is soft
  4. Blend mixture using a blender to a coarse consistency
  5. Add paneer / tofu and Blend #4 (Garam Masala). Uncover and simmer on low heat until sauce thickens to salsa consistency


Serve hot over bed of long-grained or naan bread


Fully plant-based


Contains no gluten

Dairy free

Contains no dairy products

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How authentic is this recipe?

All our recipes are authentic and traditional family recipes passed along by my Mom.

Can I use Curry powder instead of individual spice blends?

Technically, you could use Curry powder or a common spice mix. However, this would not provide the authentic taste of traditional spice layering technique that is unique to Indian cooking

Can this recipe be made with meat?

Sure! Simply replace beans or veggies with cooked meat of your choice