Quick & Easy Palak Paneer

Winter sees an influx of leafy green vegetables and it’s the very best time to enjoy them. Greens like spinach are nutrient dense foods that support our immune health, especially when combined with warming spices. This tasty Palak Paneer ticks all the boxes and is a really delicious side dish or meal.

Serves 4 (as a side) 2 (as a main meal).  Prep 10 mins. Cook 15 mins.


  • 2cm piece ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 small red chilli (optional)
  • 150g bunch spinach leaves, washed and roughly chopped
  • 60ml (¼ cup) water
  • 1 tablespoon ghee, butter or coconut oil
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin, ground
  • 2 teaspoons coriander, ground
  • 1 heaped teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 200g paneer, diced into 1-2cm cubes
  • 120ml (½ cup) coconut milk
  • Black pepper, to taste



  1. In a food processor chop the ginger, garlic and chilli, Scrape the sides and add the a handful of spinach and the water and puree to a rough paste.
  2. In a medium sized pan melt your ghee, butter or coconut oil over a medium heat. Add the diced onion and sauté until it has softened.
  3. Add the spinach paste, cumin, coriander, sea salt and tomatoes and cook for about another 3 minutes, until the tomato is softening and the spices release their aroma.
  4. Now add the remaining spinach, paneer and coconut milk and cook until the spinach has wilted. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  5. Serve immediately or you can set it aside to reheat and serve later.


Build a meal…

Vegan and dairy-free

  • Choose a dairy-free fat and replace the paneer with button mushrooms, cooked with the onion.


  • Serve with grilled chicken, lamb or fresh fish.


  • Can be pre-prepared and leftovers are just as good the next day.



Georgia Harding is a Naturopath (20+ yrs exp.) author, mother and passionate health educator. On her website ‘Well Nourished’ she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia is committed to supporting the health of this generation and especially loves to help parents feed their children ‘well’.  She endeavours to simplify nutrition and make cooking nourishing meals achievable for everyone.