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Saag Paneer ! Golden Ricotta In Savory Spinach Sauce #SundaySupper




Saag Paneer ! Golden  roasted ricotta cheese floating in a savory spinach sauce is a protein packed family favorite. Saag Paneer or Palak Paneer is a popular dish one might order at an Indian restuarant, but it is super easy to make at home too. My Sunday Supper team is doing a Cheese, Cake and Cheesecake theme ! What’s not to love about cheese ?   I decided to make Saag Panner ! It’s a little different Mutter Paneer a creamy dish with peas and tomatoes  which I make more often, another popular dish in my home. This protein packed dish is perfect for meatless Monday or that meal when you want to skip the meat, but still get your protein. I make my own paneer using ricotta cheese and it has a fresh taste that tastes great simmered in a spinach sauce.  I also use coconut oil which gives it a rich but unique flavor ! After I started making Saag Panner at home my family stopped ordering it at the Indian restaurant 🙂 !  



Just a note about paneer !

You can get paneer at Indian stores but you can make your own fresh paneer using these methods. Let’s see,  you can use this method with fresh milk  like my friend Amy.  You can also make panner by baking ricotta cheese in an oven like my recipe below. Third you can get really ” From Scratch” and make your own ricotta cheese like my friend Susan did before you turn the ricotta into paneer. Any of these methods would work for this dish, but let me tell you there is something very fresh and wholesome about home made panner. I rarely buy the store bought paneer any more. Look at my golden roasted ricotta paneer ! 


Nutrition Wise !

Paneer is loaded with protein and calcium and is healthy meat alternative for vegetarians.  Spinach is a store house for many phyto-nutrients that have super health benefits and disease prevention properties. High in iron, vitamin A, C  and K it can make your body alkaline which is good for optimum health. Combining paneer and spinach together gives you a complete protein.What is lacking in paneer can be found in spinach turning this dish into a healthy protein packed dish.


Saag Paneer

Serves 6-8

Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type

Main Dish, Side Dish

Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot


  • 6 Cups fresh spinach (chopped)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 Tsp cumin powder
  • 2 Tsp chili flakes
  • 1 Tsp turmeric
  • 1 Tsp garam masale
  • 2 Tsp ginger paste (or grated ginger)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (divided)
  • 16 oz ricotta cheese (2 cups)


Spread ricotta cheese thickly on a greased pan and bake for 1 hr at 350 degrees. Leave for 1 hr in the refrigerator or 20 minutes in the freezer to set a bit. Remove from fridge/ freezer and cut into cubes.
Heat 1 tbsp oil. Saute onions, ginger, spices for 2 minutes. Add chopped spinach and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree to a smooth paste.
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan. Add the pureed spinach and salt and cook for about 6-8 minutes. Gently fold in the ricotta ( paneer) cubes and take off the fire.


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