Dairy Farmers of Canada

Palak with Pan-Fried Paneer

Kale provides body and texture to this traditional South Asian dish, while Ricotta adds a creamy finale.

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cooking: 20 min
Yields 4 servings
Palak with Pan-Fried Paneer


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
  • 1/2 lb (225 g) Canadian Paneer cut into 1/2-inch (1 cm) cubes
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 2 tbsp garlic finely chopped
  • 4 cups (1 L) tightly packed kale stemmed and chopped
  • 2 cups (500 mL) tightly packed spinach stemmed and chopped
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) garam masala
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) Canadian Ricotta
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) Canadian Feta crumbled
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Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Gently add Paneer and sauté until golden brown; set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter and cook garlic until light brown. Add kale, spinach, garam masala, salt and pepper. Cook for 6–8 minutes or until vegetables soften. Let cool.

In a blender, purée half of kale and spinach mixture with Ricotta. Transfer purée back into skillet with remaining mixture and add pan-fried Paneer.

Gently stir and cook for 3 minutes.

Sprinkle with Feta and serve.


If the mixture is too thick, add 1/4 cup (60 mL) of water.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 378 Calories
Protein: 22 g
Carbohydrate: 12 g
Fat: 29 g
Fibre: 3.9 g
Sodium: 238 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 61 % / 666 mg
Folate: 68 %
Vitamin A: 58 %
Vitamin B12: 61 %
Vitamin C: 144 %