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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
Keyword: palak paneer
Servings: 4
Calories: 474 kcal
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 1 LB spinach fresh or frozen, chopped
  • 2 cups paneer cubed
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion chopped fine
  • 1-2 teaspoon hot green chili minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 15 cashews
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  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.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

PRO tips to keep the palak paneer looking green and fresh:

  1. Quick release as soon as the pressure cooking cycle completes.
  2. Turn off the keep warm button as you do the quick release.
  3. Make sure that the Instant Pot is turned off as you are puree with the immersion blender. Take the inside pot out on a hot plate while pureeing. As you may need to tilt the pot to avoid splattering.
  4. Return the inner pot back to the Instant Pot housing, add cashew paste, garam masala and paneer. Cook on sauté for 1 to 2 minutes only or until the gravy comes to a gentle boil.
  5. Turn off the Instant Pot and take the inner pot out and keep it on a hot plate to avoid overcooking the spinach.

Nutrition Facts
Palak Paneer - Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 474 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 739mg21%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 10660IU213%
Vitamin C 34.4mg42%
Calcium 680mg68%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.