Keto Palak Paneer
Palak Paneer is probably one of the most popular Indian vegetarian dishes. It’s actually from the Northern part of India. Palak means spinach and paneer is a fresh Indian cheese. I’ve made a Keto version previously on the show but it’s a bit more complicated and requires a lot more spices and ingredients. That’s why I came up with this 5 Ingredient version. So you can enjoy your fav Indian dish even if you can’t find all the spices or ingredients. So enjoy!
Let’s talk about Paneer
What is Paneer? If you’ve never heard of Paneer or don’t get it where you live that’s ok. Paneer is just a fresh Indian cheese. It’s not exactly cottage cheese as many people often say. People have called it an Indian cottage cheese but it’s really not. It’s a fresh cheese more like queso fresco the Mexican fresh cheese. I have a super easy recipe for how to make paneer at home. If it’s too much work for you, feel free to use tofu or even make this dish with chicken or fish. It works either way.
Let’s talk about Garam Masala
Garam masala is basically a whole bunch of spices that have been toasted and roasted and then ground together into a powder. It’s something you buy in the store. There are of course people who make their own blends of it. It’s kind of like the Indian version of a ‘rub’ that the western world uses on meat except this is probably way more ingredients. It’s best to buy this in your local Indian grocery store or order online. But if you don’t have this at home you can use a mix of these spices, tumeric, red chilli powder, coriander powder and cumin powder. This is the typical ‘Indian masala’ so use about equal parts of all except the turmeric, use half the quality compared to the others. Please note this isn’t what garam masala is made of but it’s just a substitute.
In the worst case scenario you can just use ‘curry powder’ but please know that’s a Chinese invention and it doesn’t exist in India.
Nutrition Info (Per serving)
- Calories: 352
- Net Carbs: 3g
- Carbs: 4g
- Fat: 31g
- Protein: 13g
- Fiber: 1g
This recipe makes 4 servings. Get this recipe on myfitnesspal.
5 Ingredient Keto Palak Paneer
- Slice the onion roughly and chop the spinach as small as possible after washing properly. Cut the paneer into cubes and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Heat about 1/2 Tbsp of ghee in your frying pan and pan fry the paneer till golden brown on both sides. Once done set aside.
- In the same pan heat 1tbsp of ghee and fry the onions till nice and golden brown. Add in the spinach and cook till it wilts. Then turn the heat off and cover with a lid and let it cool for about 5-10 minutes.
- Blend the spinach and onions in a food processor/blender till a smooth paste is formed. Add water if needed to blend it.
- Heat the left over 1/2 tbsp ghee in the frying pan and then add in the garam masala and fry till fragrant. Then pour in the spinach puree into the frying pan and mix well. Make sure to rinse out all the puree from the blender.
- Taste the sauce for seasoning and add salt as required. Then add in the heavy cream and mix well. Once it's all come together add in the fried paneer and give everything a good mix before turning off the heat.
- Serve with a little more cream on top and a sprinkle of garam masala. Enjoy!