Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Never eat spinach just before going on the air."
-Dan Rather

The refrigerator light goes on...

There is everything good to be said for this dish. It is a traditional Indian recipe and you may have to search for the paneer cheese. It is, however, low in calories and sodium but still has a lot of flavor.

The extra step of blanching the spinach and then refreshing it in ice water isn't absolutely necessary, but makes for a much brighter and more appetizing color.


Palak Paneer

Servings: 4 | Serving size: about 2 cups

Cooking Time: 60 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipes makes good leftovers.

Serve with Jasmine Rice or Jasmine Rice - Low Sodium Version or Brown Rice

4 quarts water
16 ounces spinach
ice water
2 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 Tbsp fresh ginger (minced)
1 jalapeno pepper (minced)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp garam masala
1 large onion (finely diced)
1 medium tomato (finely chopped)
1/2 tsp salt
8 ounces paneer cheese (cut into 1/4 inch cubes)

Palak Paneer Recipe from Dr. Gourmet
Place the water in a large skillet over medium high heat. When it is nearly boiling add 1/3 of the spinach.

Cook for about 2 minutes. Stir gently and frequently.

Remove the spinach to the ice water and repeat for the other two 1/3 of a pound batches.

When the ice is completely melted drain the spinach.

Place the spinach in a blender and puree gently until coarse.

Place the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

Add the garlic, ginger, jalapeno, cumin, turmeric, paprika and garam masala.

Cook for about 2 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the tomato and cook for about 5 minutes.

Add the salt, pureed spinach, and paneer. Stir and reduce the heat to low.

Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Serve over brown or jasmine rice.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 2 cups

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 279 Calories from Fat 125
% Daily Value
Total Fat 13g 19%
    Saturated Fat 6g 26%
    Monounsaturated Fat 5g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 399mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 4%
    Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
    Sugars 8g
Protein 21g
Vitamin A 224% Vitamin C 80%
Calcium 60% Iron 20%
Vitamin K 555 mcg Potassium 1035 mg
Magnesium 128 mg