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Palak paneer
Palak Chhena, Indian cheese in a pureed spinach sauce
Alternative namesPalak Chhena
Place of originIndia
Region or stateIndia
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsSpinach, paneer/chhena, onions chopped

Palak paneer (pronounced [paːlək pəniːɾ] or Palak Chhena[1] is an Indian dish[2] consisting of chhena[3] or paneer (cottage cheese) in a thick paste made from puréed spinach, called palak in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, and other Indian languages.[4][5][6]

The terms palak chhena and saag chhena are sometimes used interchangeably in restaurants in the Anglosphere. However, saag chhena is different from traditional palak chhena in that it contains other green leafy vegetables, such as mustard greens, whereas palak paneer only contains spinach.[7][8][9] Dhaba restaurants often specialize in palak chhena.


Palak paneer is prepared by first boiling and pureeing spinach. The puree is then mixed with sautéed tomatoes and onions. Grilled cubes of paneer are then added to the puree. Palak paneer is typically spiced with ginger, garlic, tomatoes, garam masala, turmeric, chili powder and cumin.[10][9][11][12]


Palak paneer

Palak paneer is served hot with a side such as roti, naan, parathas, makki ki roti, or boiled rice. It can also be served with onions on the side for a more traditional approach.

In recent years, there have been fusion variations of palak paneer. In July 2020, a Bangalore-based food blogger posted her variation of palak paneer idli. The dish sparked conversation on Twitter and Instagram about the unusual combination of these two North and South Indian dishes.[13][14] In September 2020, Vietnam-based Pizza 4P's created unique fusion pizzas in honor of the International Day of Peace. One of these variations was a palak paneer-chapli kebab pizza to symbolize peace between India and Pakistan.[15][16]

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  3. ^ Wennakoski-Bielicki, Lakshmi (21 July 2015). Pure Vegetarian: 108 Indian-Inspired Recipes to Nourish Body and Soul. Shambhala Publications. ISBN 978-1-61180-144-6.
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  8. ^ LeVaux, Ari (15 May 2020). "Summer blend: Mix up some spinach, spices for palak paneer". The Palm Beach Post.
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  11. ^ "Palak Paneer Recipe | How to Make Palak Paneer | Palak Paneer". NDTV Food. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  12. ^ Pitre, Urvashi (19 September 2017). Indian Instant Pot® Cookbook: Traditional Indian Dishes Made Easy and Fast. Rockridge Press. p. 88. ISBN 978-1939754547.
  13. ^ "'Palak Paneer Idli' is a North-South Fusion Dish that Twitter Doesn't Want to Have". News18. 29 July 2020. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  14. ^ "There's now a palak paneer idli that has sparked a debate on social media". The Indian Express. 30 July 2020. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  15. ^ Singh, Ritu (22 September 2020). "Vietnamese Restaurant Introduces India-Pakistan 'Peace Pizza', Twitter Is Not Impressed". Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  16. ^ Agarwal, Akanksha (21 September 2020). "People React To Indo-Pak 'Peace Pizzas' With Delhi's Palak Paneer & Karachi's Chapli Kebab". Storypick. Retrieved 14 October 2020.