YES, you can easily make restaurant-quality Indian food at home...and still eat keto! If you've seen Palak Paneer at Indian restaurants but haven't tried it, now is the time to whip it up along with some keto naan. Spoiler Alert: It's much easier than you think!
Indian food and I get along just fine. If you've been reading my blog for a while or if you follow me on Instagram, you probably know how deep my love for Indian food runs. (As evidence, Indian Butter Chicken is my absolute favorite meal, and I even opt for Indian food in Paris.)
But sometimes I'm in the mood for something a little different than the usual Tandoori Chicken, Goat Curry, or Lamb Tikka Masala. My Palak Paneer Recipe (Indian Paneer Spinach Curry) is really something special!
What's your favorite Indian dish?
What I Love About Indian Spinach Curry with Paneer Cheese:
- Verdant green color
- Aromatic with garlic, ginger, and spices
- Rich with cottage cheese and a touch of cream
- Easy to make
- Low carb and keto
What is the Difference Between Palak Paneer and Saag Paneer?
Palak means spinach in Hindi, while saag refers to leafy greens. Therefore, one of the main differences is that Palak Paneer contains only spinach, while Saag Paneer can contain a variety of leafy greens. Additionally, I have heard that Palak Paneer uses less cream than Saag Paneer. You can read more about the differences between these two dishes on Spice Cravings and Ambika's Kitchen.
Pro Tip: Try this recipe with half of the baby spinach replaced with mustard greens.
Can You Make Palak Paneer with Frozen Spinach?
Yes! You can make this recipe with frozen spinach. To do so:
- Thaw a 10 ounce box of frozen spinach.
- Drain most of the water off the spinach, but don't completely wring it out.
- In the recipe below, skip step 1 and start with step 2.
Can You Freeze Palak Paneer?
Yes, this dish freezes very well. To freeze Palak Paneer:
- Put it into a freezer safe container.
- When you want to eat it, thaw it to room temperature.
- Pour it into a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until warm, stirring frequently, or in a microwave at 70% power, stirring every 45 seconds to 1 minute.
Pro Tip: Freeze this Indian Spinach Curry with Paneer Cheese in 1 cup capacity glass containers, thaw it overnight, and then reheat in the microwave for a hot homemade lunch at work!
The Keto Queens Keto Bread Cookbook Published by Adams Media
This Palak Paneer recipe is from mine and Lara Clevenger's (together we are The Keto Queens) Keto Bread cookbook! This cookbook has been a real labor of love for us; after going keto, one of the things that we missed most was bread.
And we know we're not alone. One of the most common recipe requests we get is for keto bread and other keto baked goods!
Above: Keto Naan (Find the recipe in the Keto Bread cookbook!)
If you're a baker and you're used to regular flour, go into keto baking knowing that it's completely different. Keto "flours", such as almond flour, coconut flour, psyllium husk fiber, flaxseed meal, etc. are gluten-free. Because of this, it takes a bit more finesse to yield a result that has both a tender crumb and slight chew that's typical of classic breads and baked goods.
Coming up with the right combination of keto flours, leavening agents, and liquids (such as eggs, water, cream, etc.) is a true science experiment. Not only should the bread rise, but above all, it needs to taste good!
We've suffered through way too many keto breads that were too eggy, too dense, or too complicated to make. Our goal with the recipes in our Keto Bread cookbook was to simulate the real thing in a way that's approachable for everyone with basic kitchen skills.
Pro Tip: If you're new to keto baking, don't expect the breads to have as much rise as regular bread. I haven't met a loaf of keto bread that didn't fall a little once it cools. However, we worked really hard on coming up with the right combination and amounts of ingredients to get the best rise and best flavor in our keto bread recipes! We think you're going to love them.
To Whet Your Appetite: A Few Recipes from the Keto Bread Cookbook
If you're craving fluffy Wonder Bread-style white bread, we have you covered.
You want pizza? We have 3 cheese pizza in all its cheesy glory!
You're in the mood for wheat bread? We have the best keto wheat bread you'll actually think is regular wheat bread! (Our wheat bread recipe is only available in our Keto Bread cookbook!)
You can read more about our Keto Bread cookbook on The Keto Queens website.
Details About Keto Bread Cookbook:
- Adams Media is publishing it on September 10, 2019
- The book has over 100 keto recipes for bread, bread-like items (think biscuits, crusts, muffins, etc.), and baked goods
- It's divided into the following chapters: Bread Basics, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Desserts
- The variety of recipes will wow you (and your family, friends, and guests)! Pull-Apart Caramel Monkey Bread, Blueberry Pop Tarts, Oven-Fried Chicken and Waffles, Spiced Beef Empanadas, Broccoli Cheddar Hot Pockets, Graham Crackers, and Chicken Pot Pie, to name just a few
- You can buy Keto Bread wherever books are sold, including on Amazon and Barnes and Noble
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Palak Paneer (Indian Spinach Curry with Paneer Cheese)
- 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
- 5 ounces baby spinach
- 1 medium tomato halved
- ½ jalapeño seeded
- 2 tablespoons clarified butter
- 1 small onion peeled and diced
- 4 large cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and grated
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garam masala spice mix
- ½ teaspoon coriander
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 bay leaf
- 8 ounces paneer cheese cut into ½" cubes
- 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon ground fenugreek
For Serving (Optional):
- Keto Naan from the Keto Bread cookbook
- Cauliflower rice
- Fill a 5-quart pot halfway full with water and bring to a boil. Add the kosher salt, and then the spinach. Cook the spinach until wilted, about 2 minutes, and then drain. Lightly press down on the spinach, but don’t extract all the water.
- Add the spinach, tomato, and jalapeño to a blender and process until smooth.
- Heat the ghee in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 3 to 5 minutes, and then add the garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute more, stirring constantly.
- Stir in the spinach purée, salt, garam masala spice mix, coriander, cumin, turmeric, crushed red pepper flakes, and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer and cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the paneer cheese and cook 1 minute more, stirring constantly.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the cream, lemon juice, and fenugreek. Cover the skillet and let it sit for 3 minutes.
- Remove bay leaf and discard. Serve hot, with the Naan for dipping.
- Recipe is from the Keto Bread cookbook by Faith Gorsky and Lara Clevenger, published by Adams Media on September 10, 2019.
- Net Carbs: 4g per serving
- The nutrition information for this recipe was calculated without the optional Keto Naan or Cauliflower Rice for serving.
- Try this recipe with half of the baby spinach replaced with mustard greens.
- This recipe is freezer-friendly! Thaw it overnight, and then reheat it in a saucepan over medium-low heat on the stovetop (stirring frequently), or at 70% power in the microwave (stirring every 45 seconds to 1 minute).
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