Saag Paneer: Spinach with Indian Cheese

food network
80 mins (prep 10, cooking 45)
23 ingredients
4 servings

Categories:  indian , spinach , cheese , sauteing ,
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  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 ounces paneer, (indian cheese, either store-bought or made from my recipe, recipe follows), cut into 1-inch cubes, see cook's note*
  • 1 (16-ounce package) frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (1-inch thumb) ginger, peeled and minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large green serrano chile, finely chopped (seeds removed if you don't like it spicy!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon store-bought or homemade garam masala, recipe follows
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt, stirred until smooth
  • cheesecloth
  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more as needed, see cook's note*
  • 3 large cinnamon sticks (if you have the kind you get at indian stores, it's about 3 tablespoons of cinnamon bark bits)
  • 3 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup green cardamom pods, shelled, husks discarded (about 2 tablespoons of seeds)
  • 4 large black cardamom pods, shelled, husks discarded (about 1 tablespoon of seeds), optional


Serving Size (120.22 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 496.83 Calories from Fat 365.94
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40.66g 250.21%
Saturated Fat 18.98g 379.55%
Trans Fat 0.29g %
Cholesterol 89.3mg 119.07%
Sodium 537.45mg 89.58%
Total Carbohydrate 13.46g 17.94%
Dietary Fiber 5.27 g 84.28%
Sugars 0.55 g %
Protein 23.04g 184.31%
Vitamin A 949.47IU% Vitamin C 3.29mg%
Calcium 686.97mg% Iron 3.39mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
plus, medium white onion, cloves garlic, serrano chile, or, ground coriander, ground cumin, plain yogurt, cheesecloth, freshly squeezed lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, large, black cardamom pods