Simple Creamy Saag Paneer Recipe
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Creamy Saag Paneer Recipe

Creamy Saag Paneer Recipe - A classic vegetarian Indian dish made with fresh spinach, coconut milk and paneer cheese. It's ready in just 15 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8
Calories: 265kcal
Author: Sommer Collier


  • 1 pound fresh spinach leaves finely chopped (a food processor works great for this)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger root
  • 1 serrano chili, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided in half
  • 1-2 pinches cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoon ghee, or butter
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted or fractionated
  • 12 ounces paneer, cut into 1/2-inch cubes


  • In a small bowl, toss paneer cubes, coconut oil, turmeric, cayenne pepper and half the salt. Marinate while preparing vegetables.
  • Chop, grate, and/or cut up all vegetables. If serving over rice, prepare as per instructions.
  • Set a large skillet over medium heat. Toast one side of the paneer cubes, remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Place the onions in the same skillet and sauté onions in ghee for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and serrano chili. Sauté 2 moreminutes.
  • Stir in the spices, remaining salt, spinach, 1/2 cup of water, and simmer for about 5 minutes until the water is evaporated and spinach is tender.
  • Stir in coconut milk and lemon juice. Finally return the paneer to the pan to warm.
  • Serve over basmati rice or with naan. Garnish with tomatoes, green onion and serrano chilies if you like.


Serving: 8ounces | Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 404mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 5375IU | Vitamin C: 18.6mg | Calcium: 271mg | Iron: 2.7mg