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5 Ingredient Keto Palak Paneer

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.

5 Ingredient Keto Palak PaneerLet’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.

5 Ingredient Keto Palak PaneerNutrition 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

5 Ingredient Keto Palak Paneer

A quick and easy version of an Indian classic
4.56 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings



  • 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!
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  1. Hi Sahil, I am about to start Keto and take inspiration from your videos and blog. In fact, this is my go to Bible now .

  2. Is seriously delicious, my wife also loved it. Not too spicy but great, great flavor. I’m a novice cooking Indian food, and keto for 8 months, but this came out great, so your directions were clear. Thank you!

  3. Cough, you should have warned us bland westerners that this is SPICEY. Yummy though, and excellent new Keto food to make. I will just use MUCH less Garam Masala!

  4. started watching on youtube going to try one out tonight. looks good and tasty. like Gordon Ramsey, you have to jibber jabber during the show..makes it interesting and funny. Good combo. I live 40 miles from San Francisco. Keep on trucking. Speaking of Headbangers, I live next door to a heavy metal band. Saturday night jams are very lively. Keep up the good works

  5. Found you on YouTube. So excited to cook this tonight. I’m low carb so keto dishes help a make it easier…. And who doesn’t love Indian food! Keep the music and eats comin’!

    PS You’ll have to recommend some good metal venues in your city. I lived in Delhi for a while but am sure the rock scene is bigger in Mumbai. \m/

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe was so simple and delicious! I love Indian food but I’m sometimes turned away because of all the spices you need. It’s very expensive to buy a ton of different spices you don’t use daily. It’s still so yummy! I love your YouTube videos, thank you 🙏

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