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5 from 2 votes

30 minute saag paneer

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main meal
Servings: 3
Author: Becca Heyes


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 225 g paneer cheese, diced (~ 1 2/3 cups when diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ginger puree
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 500 g frozen spinach (~ 4 cups)
  • 1 tbsp creme fraiche (I used half fat)


  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan, and add the sliced onion and diced paneer. Cook over a medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until the onion is soft and the paneer is starting to turn golden brown.
  • While the paneer is cooking, start to defrost the spinach in a bowl in the microwave. Don't worry if it's still a little bit icy - I cooked mine for about 3 minutes.
  • When the onion and paneer are ready, add the garlic, ginger, spices, and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for one more minute to toast the spices.
  • Next add the tomato puree and maple syrup, then the defrosted spinach (including any liquid). Mix well and cook for 5 more minutes, until everything is piping hot. You can add a dash of water if the mixture seems too dry (though the creme fraiche will loosen it up a bit too).
  • Remove from the heat, and stir through the creme fraiche. Serve warm.