Homemade paneer (with recipe)

For years I have been loving paneer (especially palak paneer) and for some reason I never thought about making it at home, until last week when I googled how to make it. It turned out to be super simple! You only need milk and lemon. Have a look here to learn how to make it.

So, the other night (hence the lamplight photos) Johan and I decided to try to make a stew palak paneer style since we both love soup and stews, and didn't have time to make rice as our stomachs already were empty. I hope I've remembered all ingredients we used, we pretty much put whatever we thought would fit as we went along.

Palak paneer style stew (serves 4)

You need:
Paneer (we used 2 liters of milk)
(you can fry it before or put it in the soup as it is) (use tofu if you want a vegan version)
2 large onions or 4-5 small onions
butter or oil to fry the onion in
4 garlic cloves
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 tbsp garam masala
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp curry powder
as much fresh chili as you like
thumbsized fresh ginger
2-3 tbsp tomato puree
3 fresh tomatoes
600 grams fresh spinach
3-5 deciliter water depending on how soupy you want your stew
2 deciliter cream (regular or vegan version)
salt & pepper
fresh coriander/cilantro

We did like this:
Chop the onions and let them simmer in butter/oil on low temperature while you prepare the spices. Put everything into a bowl; chopped garlic, ground coriander, ground ginger, garam masala, cumin, curry powder, chopped fresh chili, chopped fresh ginger, tomato puree. When the onions are softer, pour some of the water on it and throw in the stuff from the bowl and stir until it's kind of a paste. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes. Chop the tomatoes and the spinach and put them into the pot as well, together with the rest of the water. Let it all simmer for 5-8 minutes. Throw in the paneer and cream and heat it up. Add salt and pepper. Put it in bowls and top with fresh coriander/cilantro. Serve it as it is or together with rice or bread or papadum or all of it.


  1. This is exactly what I needed today! I'm pregnant and I since I got up today I was thinking to eat palak paneer! And in Barcelona there aren't many Indian restaurants so I will try to cook it!
    Have a nice weekend Sandra

  2. Yummy ... I'll definitely try this.


  3. I never expected to see this here!

  4. you are just KILLING IT lady!! this is exactly what i needed! :D

    ps. i totally made your coconut pumpkin soup and i've been eating it almost every day since i did...it is perfection. (plus, i make everyone in the break room jealous with it, haha!)

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  6. After 9 years in India I am a paneer lover too ... thanks for your recipe I will try it soon


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