Palak Paneer – Instant Pot

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Palak paneer is a classic vegetarian dish from north India, made with fresh spinach and cheese, seasoned with fresh ginger, garlic and garam masala. I have been making this stove top recipe for years now. It is my mom’s healthy recipe, without any cream, cooked with homemade ghee and paneer!

Palak paneer makes a healthy weeknight meal and is ready in 15 mins with this easy instant pot recipe! No boiling hot water or using your food processor to puree the spinach. Cook it all in one pot and let the immersion blender do its magic. Serve with steamed rice or hot parathas for a wholesome vegetarian meal!

palak paneer

I have changed the original stovetop recipe a bit here to make it more creamy using cashews soaked in warm milk. Heavy Cream or unsweetened coconut cream can also be added in the end to make the dish more creamy and mild.


5 from 4 votes
palak paneer instant pot
Palak Paneer - Instant Pot
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Palak paneer - Instant Pot: A classic vegetarian dish from north India, made with fresh spinach and cottage cheese, seasoned with fresh ginger, garlic and garam masala.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 1 LB spinach fresh or frozen, chopped
  • 2 cups paneer cubed
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion chopped fine
  • 1-2 tsp hot green chili minced
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • 15 cashews
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste or 1 tsp
  1. Add cashews to milk and blend together to make a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  2. Turn IP to saute mode. Once the hot sign displays add ghee. Add cumin seeds, ginger, garlic and green chili. Saute for a min. Add onions and cook for 2 mins stirring a few times. Add chopped spinach, salt and 1 cup of water. Close IP with pressure valve to sealing.
  3. For frozen spinach - manual(Hi) for 1 min
  4. For fresh spinach - Manual(Hi) for 0 min
  5. Quick release. Turn IP to Saute(Less), this will stop the spinach puree from splattering all over.
  6. Add ½ cup of water(optional) and blend to make smooth paste using immersion blender. Add cashew paste, garam masala and paneer. Gently stir everything together. Serve hot with rice or parathas.


39 thoughts on “Palak Paneer – Instant Pot

  1. EZ to make, healthy and flavorful! Made for a sumptuous Sunday lunch. (Couldn’t resist the snooze after that)!! Becoming a fan of my newly acquired instapot. EZ clean up too.
    Used bag of frozen chopped spinach. I didn’t have paneer so I substituted with fresh mozzarella balls.

    1. Thank you Kalyani! I agree with you that frozen chopped spinach makes this recipe so easy and yes I love the cleanup with IP. I am so glad to know that you are loving cooking in IP.

  2. Made this tonight for dinner in the IP. It was truly delicious! This might just break me of my palak paneer takeout addiction. I think I’m going to try freezing portions of it for quick dinners. Has any one tried that? I wonder if I should freeze without the paneer, or if it matters.

    1. Hi Sarah, So glad you made this and enjoyed it. So much healthier than a takeout and so simple right? I have not frozen palak paneer but I have frozen just paneer and it works well. So I think freezing palak paneer will also work. I have seen many grocery stores selling this dish as frozen. Also did you try cooking this dish using frozen chopped spinach? It really makes this dish quicker and still delicious!

  3. Hello Ministry of Curry – Great domain name. 🙂 I made this last night, and wanted to draw your attention to a little fix you might make: The ingredients list says ‘cumin’ and only in the directions do you say ‘cumin seeds’. I had already measured out the cumin powder and didn’t catch the mistake until after – boy did this have a LOT of cumin flavor!! We all agreed it was worth making again, ‘correctly’, because it was really good even with LOTS of cumin. Thank you for the recipe, and the one for the paneer, which turned out great with our goats’ milk. 🙂 I’ll be checking out your other stuff as well. – Wendy

  4. Hi Wendy! Thank you for your kind words and also for pointing out the difference in my recipe. I will correct the recipe so it is clear. Thank you for trying the recipe and I am so glad you enjoyed this easy palak paneer recipe. I hope you enjoy rest of my recipes too.

    1. Hi Archana! We are really looking forward to trying some of your other recipes. We are REALLY excited about the parathas – next rainy day! 🙂 Thank you for your hard work and dedication in doing this blog, and uploading the lovely pictures and sharing your expertise with the rest of us! 🙂

  5. Love this recipe. I used preached baby spinach leaves. It worked well same time and method. I added plain yogurt at the end as well not cashew cream.

    1. Thank you! So glad you enjoyed this easy palak paneer. And I love your idea of adding plain yogurt for creaminess

    1. Hi Rose, Traditionally cream is used in palak paneer. You can use 1/2 cup of cream instead. Hope you enjoy this yummy dish. Let me know if you have any questions

  6. This looks wonderful! I have paneer in the freezer, and I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. Can I use other greens besides spinach, and would the cooking time be different?

    1. Hi Lee Ann, Yes you can use any greens thats you like. As long as they are de-stemmed (like kale, chard) they should work with the same cook time. Let me know how you like it!

  7. Thank you for this recipe. I made this last night for dinner and turned out really yummy and very easy. Thanks much!

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