Easy Saag Paneer

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A delightful, vegetarian 30-minute meal!

Recipe courtesy of our brand partner, Peri & Sons.

This vegetarian delight is loaded with good-for-you greens and lots of fragrant, savory seasonings. You can find pre-made paneer in your local Indian market — or you can swap in salty feta cheese or tofu. Serve on top of steamed Basmati rice.

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Easy Saag Paneer

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger freshly grated
  • 1 lb baby spinach washed and dried
  • 1 small serrano finely minced
  • 2 limes juice only
  • 6 oz paneer cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • kosher salt


  • Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook coriander seeds and cardamom, stirring constantly, until starting to brown, about 2 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Mix in garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add spinach by the handful, letting it wilt slightly after each addition before adding more. Cook until all of the spinach is just wilted, about 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and add serrano and lime juice; season with salt. Let cool 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup water, then gently fold in paneer. Cook until the paneer is slightly softened and has absorbed some of the sauce, about 5–7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Add cumin seeds. As soon as cumin seeds start to pop, remove from heat; this should just take about 30 seconds. Add chili powder. Pour cumin mixture over spinach mixture. Serve warm.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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Easy Saag Paneer

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