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Instant pot palak paneer is a delicious, creamy, flavourful North Indian Cuisine recipe made with paneer (cottage cheese) and spinach in Instant Pot. It is seasoned with ginger, garlic, onion, tomatoes and very easy to make one pot recipe made in instant pot. This gluten-free, low-calorie instant pot palak paneer is just another variation to authentic palak paneer recipe.palak paneer served in white bowl with makki ki roti and rice. tempered with red chili and garlic.

If you ask me what is palak paneer then it follows as Palak (spinach) Paneer (Indian cottage cheese)= Palak Paneer. Indian palak paneer is a very popular Indian dish often served in restaurants and almost loved by all ages. You can make it in different ways like open pan (kadhai), pressure cooker on the stovetop or in Instant Pot. Usually, palak or spinach is blanched and then pureed.  It is then cooked with spices and simmer on low heat with paneer.

Spinach paneer recipe can be cooked in a number of ways, just by reducing any spice you will get a different taste altogether. This instant pot palak paneer recipe

  • is a one-pot recipe
  • cooked under 30 minutes
  • gluten-free and low in calorie
  • nutritious and healthy

What Is The Difference Between Palak Paneer & Saag Paneer?

Saag means pureed greens like the mustard leaf, kale, fenugreek, and bathua and then tempered with garlic, dry red chili, and some more spices. In Indian saag “serson” or mustard greens are used and eaten with Makki ki roti.

Both the recipes are quite similar in terms of cooking and ingredients. The only difference in saag paneer is mustard greens, or any other green leafy vegetable’s puree or a combination of them. Rest of the cooking process is almost the same.

What Is Paneer & How To Store Paneer?

Paneer is a fresh unsalted cheese which is prepared by curdling the milk using lemon or vinegar. Separate the whey and press it for 2-3 hours in order to remove extra liquid from milk solids. Paneer is consumed as soon as you make it or refrigerate it up to one week. Just cut into small pieces, zip-lock, and freeze. Soak in warm water before using it. Homemade paneer always tastes great.

If you use storebought paneer just soak in warm water for 10 minutes before using. You can get in Indian stores or in Walmart.

How To Make Palak Paneer In Kadhai using stove top method?

Check how I make vegan palak paneer or tofu palak in an open pan (kadhai). Using a similar stovetop cooking method just replace tofu with paneer pieces and tasty palak paneer is ready in open pan or kadhai. In authentic palak paneer cream is used to make a creamy texture. I have not used any cream in the instant pot palak paneer recipe but you can use coconut cream or cashew paste to make it creamier.

palak paneer clicked from right side, with makki ki roti and lemon wedge and radish

Can I Replace Paneer?

Yes,  You can replace paneer with mix vegetables calling it veg kurma, with corn kernels making Makki ka saag or corn spinach curry, potatoes making alu palak,  tofu to make vegan palak paneer. You can even make kofta curry as well as making vegetable kofta or veg meatballs.

How To Make Palak Paneer In Indian Pressure Cooker?

If you want to make palak paneer is pressure cooker then heat oil and saute cumin seeds, ginger garlic paste onion, and tomatoes. Add cleaned spinach with little water. Cover the lid and cook for 5 minutes.  Make puree either by using a food processor or directly in the cooker using an immersion blender. Add all spices, paneer and simmer for another 2-3 minutes. Palak paneer is ready in the Indian pressure cooker.

This Paneer recipe makes a perfect lunch or dinner recipe on weekends or any day, just dump everything in one pot and let immersion blender do the wonder for you. Serve it with whole wheat naan, any Indian flatbread or rice. You can get more than 26 Indian flatbread recipes to choose from.

You may also like other spinach recipes

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So let see how to make this nutritious, creamy, healthy instant pot palak paneer recipe step by step.instant pot palak paneer is clicked from top served in white bowl and garnished with red chili

Instant Pot Palak Paneer Recipe

Ingredient                                             4 Serving

For Tempering
2-3 Dry Red Chilies
1 Tblsp Chopped garlic

500 Gram spinach (washed and cleaned)
250 Gram paneer cubed
1 Medium size onion chopped
2-3 Medium size tomato chopped
1 Tsp cumin seed
1 Tblsp ginger garlic paste
1/4- 1/2 Cup water (optional)
3 Tblsp cooking oil
1-2 Green chilies chopped
Salt as per taste
1 Tsp kitchen king powder or garam masala

How To Make Palak Paneer In Instant Pot

  1. First of all, start the instant pot by plugging in. Press SAUTE MODE and set it high. Once the screen displays HOT add 1 tbsp oil.Instant pot is switched on and set on SAUTE MODE. Added oil to it.
  2. Add cubed paneer pieces and saute for 1 min or until they are slightly brown in color. Transfer them in a serving plate and keep aside.added cubed paneer and sauteed till it is golden in color. transferred to a serving plate
  3. Add 1 tbsp oil again and add dry red chilies, chopped garlic. Saute till raw smell of garlic goes away. Transfer this tempering to a bowl. This will be used as tempering later on.prepared tempering by sauteing dry red chili and chopped garlic in the oil.
  4. Finally, take last 1 tbsp oil and add cumin seeds. Let them splutter.
  5. To this add ginger-garlic paste and saute till garlic is golden brown in color.sauteed chopped onion tll they changes color to golden color
  6. Add chopped green chilies and chopped onion. Cook for 2 minutes. Now add chopped tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes.added chopped tomatoes to cook until they are slightly mushy
  7. Finally, add spinach leaves and water. Press them in order to fit the pot. Close the instant pot lid with the vent in a SEALING position. CANCEL SAUTE MODE, Press PRESSURE COOK MODE and set for 2 minutes.added spinach. pressed it down with the help of spatula in order to adjust in the pot
  8. Once the instant pot beeps, wait for 3-4 minutes and release the pressure manually.
  9. Blend the ingredients in a pot with the help of immersion blender to a smooth creamy texture.spinach is cooked. made puree with the help of immersion blender
  10. Add sauteed cubed paneer and kitchen king powder or garam masala. Adjust salt as per taste. Mix well.
  11. SET the SAUTE MODE again and cook for 5 minutes.added cubed paneer and adjusted spice level. cooked for few minutes and stir continuously
  12. After 5 minutes switch off the Instant Pot and serve this palak paneer garnishing with cream and tempering we made initially or just serve it with roti, naan or rice.
  13. Instant pot palak paneer recipe is ready to enjoy.

How To Make Palak Paneer In Indian Pressure Cooker

  1. First of all, heat 1 tbsp oil in the pressure cooker on medium heat. Add cubed paneer and fry till golden brown. Transfer them on a serving plate.
  2. Again add 1 tbsp oil in the cooker and add dry red chilies and chopped garlic. Fry them till the raw smell of garlic goes away. Transfer it in a bowl, we will use it after preparation as garnishing.
  3. Now add last 1 tbsp of oil and add cumin seeds. Let them crackle.
  4. To this add chopped onion, chopped green chilies, ginger garlic paste. Cook until the raw smell of garlic goes away. Now add chopped tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. After 3 minutes add spinach leaves, press them and stir to adjust in the pressure cooker. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of water and cover the lid for 2-3 minutes. Let spinach cook in steam.
  6. After 2-3 minutes switch off the stove and blend it using the immersion blender to a smooth and creamy paste.
  7. Add paneer, kitchen king powder or garam masala and salt as per taste. Mix well and simmer for 2-3 minutes on low flame.
  8. Garnish with the tempering we prepared in starting and serve hot with roti naan or rice. Palak paneer in an Indian pressure cooker is ready to serve.

Note

  1. Since this palak paneer version is one-pot cooking in instant pot, spinach color will vary on the time you cook for. I cooked for 2 minutes and the color was dark.
  2. Blanching helps to retain the green color of the spinach. I made vegan palak paneer with blanching method and on stovetop kadhai, the color was a bright green color.
  3. While using immersion blender make sure instant pot is OFF.
  4. Take the inner pot out of the body while blending, just in case you need to tilt the pot.
  5. This recipe is created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Programmable Pressure Cooker.

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Instant Pot Palak Paneer Recipe | How To Make Palak Paneer In Instant Pot

Instant pot palak paneer is a delicious, creamy, flavourful North Indian Cuisine recipe made with paneer (cottage cheese) and spinach in Instant Pot. It is seasoned with ginger, garlic, onion, tomatoes and very easy to make one pot recipe made in instant pot. This gluten-free, low-calorie instant pot palak paneer is just another variation to authentic palak paneer recipe.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword baby spinach recipe, best palak paneer recipe, cottage cheese recipe, easy palak paneer recipe, how to make instant pot palak paneer, indian instant pot recipe, Indian spinach curry, Indian spinach recipes, instant pot palak paneer recipe, low-calories palak paneer recipe, one pot recipe, palak recipes, paneer recipes, punjabi palak paneer, spinach paneer recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 serving
Author code2cook

Ingredients

For Tempering

  • 2-3 Dry Red Chilies
  • 1 Tblsp Chopped garlic

Other Ingredients

  • 500 Gram spinach
  • 250 Gram paneer cubed
  • 1 Medium size onion chopped
  • 2-3 Medium size tomato chopped
  • 1 Tsp cumin seed
  • 1 Tblsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/4- 1/2 Cup water
  • 3 Tblsp cooking oil
  • 1-2 Green chilies chopped
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 Tsp kitchen king powder or garam masala

Instructions

Method How To Make Palak Paneer In Instant Pot

  • First of all, start the instant pot by plugging in. Press SAUTE MODE and set it high. Once the screen displays HOT add 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add cubed paneer pieces and saute for 1 min or until they are slightly brown in color. Transfer them in a serving plate and keep aside.
  • Add 1 tbsp oil again and add dry red chilies, chopped garlic. Saute till raw smell of garlic goes away. Transfer this tempering to a bowl. This will be used as tempering later on.
  • Finally, take last 1 tbsp oil and add cumin seeds. Let them splutter.
  • To this add ginger-garlic paste and saute till garlic is golden brown in color.
  • Add chopped green chilies and chopped onion. Cook for 2 minutes. Now add chopped tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Finally, add spinach leaves and water. Press them in order to fit the pot. Close the instant pot lid with the vent in a SEALING position. CANCEL SAUTE MODE, Press PRESSURE COOK MODE and set for 2 minutes.
  • Once the instant pot beeps, wait for 3-4 minutes and release the pressure manually.
  • Blend the ingredients in a pot with the help of immersion blender to a smooth creamy texture.
  • Add sauteed cubed paneer and kitchen king powder or garam masala. Adjust salt as per taste. Mix well.
  • SET the SAUTE MODE again and cook for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes switch off the Instant Pot and serve this palak paneer garnishing with cream and tempering we made initially or just serve it with roti, naan or rice.
  • Instant pot palak paneer recipe is ready to enjoy.

Method How To Make Palak Paneer In Indian Pressure Cooker

  • First of all, heat 1 tbsp oil in the pressure cooker on medium heat. Add cubed paneer and fry till golden brown. Transfer them on a serving plate.
  • Again add 1 tbsp oil in the cooker and add dry red chilies and chopped garlic. Fry them till the raw smell of garlic goes away. Transfer it in a bowl, we will use it after preparation as garnishing.
  • Now add last 1 tbsp of oil and add cumin seeds. Let them crackle.
  • To this add chopped onion, chopped green chilies, ginger garlic paste. Cook until the raw smell of garlic goes away. Now add chopped tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • After 3 minutes add spinach leaves, press them and stir to adjust in the pressure cooker. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of water and cover the lid for 2-3 minutes. Let spinach cook in steam.
  • After 2-3 minutes switch off the stove and blend it using the immersion blender to a smooth and creamy paste.
  • Add paneer, kitchen king powder or garam masala and salt as per taste. Mix well and simmer for 2-3 minutes on low flame.
  • Garnish with the tempering we prepared in starting and serve hot with roti naan or rice. Palak paneer in Indian pressure cooker is ready to serve.

Notes

  1. Since this palak paneer version is one-pot cooking in instant pot, spinach color will vary on the time you cook for. I cooked for 2 minutes and the color was dark.
  2. Blanching helps to retain the green color of the spinach. I made vegan palak paneer with blanching method and on stovetop kadhai, the color was a bright green color.
  3. While using immersion blender make sure instant pot is OFF.
  4. Take the inner pot out of the body while blending, just in case you need to tilt the pot.
  5. This recipe is created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Programmable Pressure Cooker.

 

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