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Easy Palak Paneer - Quick Restaurant Style Recipe
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Instant Pot East Palak Paneer

This Easy Palak Paneer is a Quick Restaurant Style Recipe, made with much less effort. It is delicious, creamy, and rich bursting with flavors. Palak Paneer is best enjoyed with hot Naan.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: easy palak paneer, instant pot palak paneer, instant pot saag paneer, instant pot spinach recipes, instant pot vegetarian recipes
Servings: 8
Author: simplyvegetarian777


  • 1 pound or 500 grams Spinach cleaned & washed
  • 1 large or 2 small Tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 1 small piece or 1 tsp grated Ginger roughly chopped
  • 1 Green Chili roughly chopped
  • 10 ounce or 300 grams Paneer cubed (fried or as is)
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream or Plain Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 cup or more Water

Oil & Spices

  • 1 tsp Cooking Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1&1/2 tsp or to taste Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp or to taste Red Chili powder use cayenne for substitute
  • 1 tsp or to taste Salt


  • Place the inner pot inside the 6 quarts Instant Pot and Plug it in. Press the SAUTE MODE and set it to HIGH for 10 minutes. Once the Screen displays HOT, add oil to it. 
  • Then add tomatoes + ginger + all the spices mentioned. Saute for 1 minute. Add the SPINACH LEAVES. Press them down to fit it in. Place the glass lid over and let steam for about 4-5 minutes till spinach leaves are wilted lightly and settle down.
  • Cancel the Saute mode. Add 1 cup water (room temperature) and blend it all into a puree with either hand-held blender or in a regular blender. Make a smooth puree.
  • Add 1/2 cup ALFREDO SAUCE or Heavy cream. I love adding plain Alfredo sauce. It adds tonnes of more flavor to the curry. You may use heavy cream if you want to. 
  • GIve it a good stir. Adjust salt and garam masala. Set the SAUTE MODE again to HIGH and for 5 minutes. Once this Spinach curry or sauce will heat up, add cubed Paneer.
  • In case you do not want to add Paneer, then add extra firm tofu, or baked tofu, thawed corn kernels, mix vegetables, baby corn, chickpeas etc.
  • PALAK PANEER is ready. Serve it with Naan or Rice of your choice.