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Instant Pot Palak Paneer

Instant Pot Palak Paneer

Jyoti Behrani
This Instant Pot Palak Paneer is a quick, and healthy, one-pot version of a classic Indian dish. Soft, fresh paneer is served in a creamy, flavorful gravy made with spinach, onion, garlic, and aromatic spices.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, North Indian
Servings 4



  • 1 lb. Spinach (Palak), fresh or frozen, chopped
  • 12 oz. Paneer, cut into bite sized cubes, (around 2 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1-2 green chili, chopped, adjust to taste
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida
  • 1 tablespoon asafetida
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh cream (optional)
  • salt to taste




  • You will need an Instant Pot
    Turn ON SAUTE (more). When it displays, “HOT”, add oil, asafetida, onion, and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  • Add water and DEGLAZE the pot. Turn OFF SAUTE.
  • Add spinach, tomatoes, green chili, and ginger. Add spices – coriander powder, cumin powder, and salt to taste.
  • Close lid, vent sealed. Turn ON PRESSURE COOK (high) for 1 minute.
    Note: For fresh spinach, pressure cook for “ONE” minute. For frozen spinach, pressure cook for “TWO” minutes (s).
  • Once the Instant pot beeps, do a quick pressure release. Open the lid, and using an immersion blender, blend the spinach to puree, for a creamy consistency.
    Note: Blend spinach to puree or the desired consistency. You can puree spinach in a blender. Use extreme caution while blending hot foods. Keep the lid slightly open to let the hot air escape. Use a kitchen towel to cover the lid to avoid any splashes.
  • (Optional) Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan. Add paneer cubes, and sauté the paneer pieces for a couple of minutes on each side or to a light brown color.
  • Turn ON SAUTE (less), add Paneer, garam masala, and freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional). Mix gently, and bring the mixture to a gentle boil.
  • Turn OFF SAUTE. Garnish with some cream (optional).
  • Enjoy palak paneer with some naan, roti, or paratha!!


  • Follow the recipe as discussed earlier. In a stovetop pressure cooker, add all the ingredients, and cook on high heat. After the two whistle(s), turn OFF the heat. Do a quick pressure release. The rest of the recipe is the same as the instant pot.


I have shared a recipe for homemade paneer on my blog - How To Make Paneer
Please refer to the post for the following:
  1. Tips For The Best Palak Paneer
  2. Frequently Asked Questions
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