Palak Paneer with Almond paste

Palak Paneer with Almonds
Palak Paneer with Almonds

My new year resolution is to eat/cook with more vegetables. The problem I face with this is, I buy lot of vegetables in a week and then they sit in fridge and pass their prime time. This weekend, after a very long time, I prepped all the vegetables – washed them, cut them into pieces, dried them and stored in boxes/zip lock bags in freezer or refrigerator. This is helping so much in fast cooking during weekdays and I hope this will also bring down the wastage. Now I have to figure out something similar with spinach(palak). I buy big box of baby spinach from Costco. I make dal, paratha etc with it, but still have some leftover. Last week I prepared this palak paneer with almond paste. I called it palak paneer, because it had palak and paneer!. This is probably the closest to the classic palak paneer that my family will eat. I made it quite spicy, the way we like it.

Many years ago, on a cooking show I had seen the addition of kasoori methi (dried fenugreek) to Palak paneer. I followed the same to give it a bright methi taste.  This is by no means traditional palak paneer (calling it a palak paneer may be a stretch!)n- I made it to suit our taste buds. Check Anita’s Palak panir or Manisha’s Palak paneer posts for authentic versions.

Blanch tomatoes in boiling water. Make ginger-garlic paste.
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Blanch spinach.
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Blanch almonds. Fry onions with ginger-garlic paste.
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palak paneer with almond paste6 Add masalas and fry.

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Add ground spinach-tomato paste, kasuri methi. Then add almond paste.
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Add paneer and cook.
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Paneer in Creamy Spinach - Almond gravy

Creamy, delicious and spicy twist to the humble palak paneer with the addition of tomatoes and almond paste
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 -5


  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 2 big tomatoes about 2 cup chopped
  • 1 tea spn freshly made ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/2 tea spns cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 tea spn garam masala
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 1/2 tea spn coriander-cumin powder
  • 8 oz 227grms paneer cubes
  • 1 tea spn kasuri methi dried fenugreek leaves
  • Oil
  • Salt


  • Boil 2 cups of water.
  • Add tomatoes to it, after about 3 mins, add spinach.
  • Switch off the heat, let it sit there for a mins.
  • Take the tomatoes and spinach in mixer bowl along with green chillies and grind to smooth paste.
  • In the same water, add almonds and boil for 4-5mins (I use them with skin).
  • Grind the almonds to a paste (I made a coarse paste for some texture).
  • Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.
  • Then add onion, ginger-garlic paste. Fry for few minutes.
  • Add garam masala, cumin-coriander powder and fry for 2 mins.
  • Now add the ground spinach paste, salt and cook.
  • Crush the kasuri methi slightly with fingers and add it to the gravy.
  • Add almond paste and then paneer cubes. Cook for 5-6 mins.
  • Serve hot with rotis/chapatis or rice.



5 thoughts on “Palak Paneer with Almond paste”

  1. 5 stars
    This looks awesome. Can we do some modification with curd or make it even spicy by adding something which doesn’t affect the base taste of this recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    The Palak Paneer with Almond paste recipes posted in Home cooking page are easy and good..I have tried most of them and suggest others as well as try these recipes .. Good luck and keep posting

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