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Instant Pot Palak Paneer

Rich and tasty Palak Paneer in Instant pot. Gravy can be prepared in less than 30 minutes using Instant pot (Electric Pressure Cooker). Spinach paneer gravy goes well with Roti/ paratha/ variety rice etc.
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Course: Gravy
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Vidya Srinivasan


  • Spinach - 7 cup
  • Paneer - 400g cut into pieces
  • Onion - 1 big
  • Garlic - 4
  • Ginger - 1 tbsp
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Water - 2 cup
  • Green chilli - 1
  • Jalapenos - 1/2 remove seeds and roughly chopped
  • Salt - as needed
  • Sugar - pinch
  • Poppy seed - 1/4 tsp
  • Fennel seed - 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Kitchen king masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Cashew - 3
  • Butter - 1 tbsp
  • Oil - 1/2 tbsp


  • Add oil to the instant pot and turn on IP in saute mode and the oil gets hot
  • Add fennel seeds and poppy seeds; let it splutter
  • Add onion, garlic, ginger, salt and saute for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle some water if onions stick to the pot
  • Add a pinch of sugar and cook till onions are translucent
  • Add cashew, spinach saute till the spinach is soft and cooked
  • Add all the masals and cook for a minute; turn off IP. Let it cook down
  • Grind the mixture into a fine paste without adding water
  • Grind the mixture into a fine paste
  • In the instant pot add butter, ground paste, 2 cups of water,salt (if required) and paneer and cook in maual mode for 3 minutes high temperature. Release the pressure immediately
  • Open the IP carefully add jalapenos and milk; cook for 5 minutes. Palak paneer is ready


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  1. 1/4 cup of Heavy cream/ evaporated milk can be added instead of milk
  2. Palak paneer can be made in pan on stove instead of Instant pot
  3.  Adjust the spice level according to your spice level
  4. Tomatoes can be added for extra flavour
  5. Before closing the IP make sure paneer is not stick to the bottom otherwise paneer might become brown and stick to the pan
  6.  While sauting onion if the onion stick to the pan and become brown, sprinkle some water and cook
  7.  Whole garam masala can be used for extra flavour
    8.immersion blender can be used for grinding
    9. No need to soften the paneer in hot water. Keep the paneer out for few minutes and cook directly. Paneer will be soft
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