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Palak Paneer with Feta (Saag Paneer)

This simple palak paneer (or saag paneer) is a twist on Indian spinach curry, and is made with easy-to-find feta instead of traditional Indian cottage cheese.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 185kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes (1 can) Or use fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 8 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1 cup milk (or cream)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 8 ounce block of feta, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
  • jasmine or basmati rice, to serve (optional)
  • naan, to serve (optional)


  • Heat oil over medium heat in a large pan. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the onions, garam masala, salt, and chili flakes.
  • Cook about 5 minutes, or until the spices become fragrant.
    Cook the onions and spices
  • Add tomatoes, and cook 2-3 more minutes.
    Add tomatoes
  • Add the spinach, and cover the pan to let the spinach wilt.
    Add spinach
  • Once the spinach wilts, use an immersion blender or basin blender to blend the onion, tomato, and spinach mixture.
    Blend until smooth
  • Add the milk and turmeric. Stir.
    Add milk
  • Add the cubed feta, and cover the pan for 2-3 minutes, until the cheese is warm.
    Add cubed Feta
  • Taste curry. If you prefer it sweeter (like restaurant-style curry), add the maple syrup. Add more salt if bland, or chili flakes if you want it spicier. If it's already too spicy, add a little extra milk.
  • Serve warm, with rice or naan if desired.


Leftovers will keep 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients.


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 1257mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3965IU | Vitamin C: 13.4mg | Calcium: 284mg | Iron: 1.5mg