Saag Paneer
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4-6
Creamy, spiced spinach served with chunks of grilled cheese is comforting, filling, and delicious.
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (more if you like it really spicy)
  • 1 pound baby spinach, finely chopped in a food processor
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 12 oz block paneer cheese
  • Brown rice, naan, and plain yogurt for serving
  1. Heat the butter in a large pot and add the onion. Cook until soft. Add the garlic and ginger, stir and cook for 30 seconds and add the spices. Cook for another minute.
  2. Add the spinach, all at once if possible. Stir until it’s wilted and add the buttermilk. Season with salt and pepper. If you think it’s a bit dry, you can add a bit more buttermilk. Stir again, turn the heat down to low while you grill the cheese.
  3. To grill the cheese, cut it into bite sized pieces. Heat a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add a dab of butter to the pan and add the cheese cubes. Cook until browned on all sides.
  4. Add the cheese cubes to the pot of spinach and stir. Serve with rice and naan, and add a dollop of yogurt on top.
Recipe by Tiny Red Kitchen at