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Instant Pot Palak Paneer Recipe

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
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 serving
Calories 482kcal
Author Bhawana


  • Instant Pot


For Tempering

  • 2 Dry Red Chilies
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped garlic

Other Ingredients

  • 500 gram Spinach (washed and cleaned)
  • 2 cup Paneer cubed (approximately 350gram)
  • ¾ cup Onion chopped (1 medium size)
  • 2 cup Tomato chopped (2-3 medium size)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seed
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 3 tablespoon Cooking oil
  • 1 Green chilies chopped
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala or 1 teaspoon kitchen king masala
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon Red chili powder (optional)


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 tablespoon 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 2 tablespoon oil again and add dry red chilies, chopped garlic, and cumin seeds. Saute till the raw smell of garlic goes away. Transfer some part of this tempering to a bowl. This will be used as tempering later on.
  • To this add chopped onion and green chilies. Cook for 2 minutes and add ginger-garlic paste. Cook for another 1 minutes.
  • 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 1 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.
  • 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. Add turmeric powder and red chili powder as 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.
  • Easy Instant pot palak paneer recipe is ready to enjoy.

Method How To Make Palak Paneer In Indian Pressure Cooker

  • First of all, heat 1 tablespoon 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 tablespoon 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 tablespoon 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 ¼-1/2 cup of water and cover the lid for 2-3 minutes. Let spinach cook in the 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, turmeric powder, red chili powder, 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 is ready to serve.



  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.


Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 927mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 12442IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 687mg | Iron: 4mg