Palak Paneer in slow cooker

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Slow cookers are a perfect answer to a busy schedule. Whether returning from work or from kid’s activities, if you have your meal set in a slow cooker then you have one less thing to worry about. Before leaving for work, do a small amount of work in the morning and you come home to a meal that is half cooked – all that is left is some final touch ups, cook some chapatis and you are all set. Dinner ready in 30 minutes – now that’s exciting and comforting!!

Today’s recipe is tested and tried many times in my kitchen and every time it’s a winner. Meals prepared in slow cooker are very healthy as it uses very little oil or no oil at all (besides the tadka/tempering). Also, slow-cooking is a very gentle method and helps in retaining the nutrients of veggies as compared to other cooking methods.

Read all about slow cooker – an Introduction.

RECIPE DETAIL – I have used frozen spinach for this recipe but feel free to use fresh spinach leaves (500 gms of fresh spinach leaves). Add everything to the slow cooker, close the lid, set the timer and you are all set in 5 hours. After the specified cooking time, prepare the tadka/tempering. I like to add some besan (gram flour) to the tadka and cook until besan is light brown in color. Besan adds a rich texture and tends to absorb water and thicken the spinach. Finish the recipe by adding cooked paneer pieces and adjust seasonings. Serve hot with warm kulchas.

Another way to cook and retain a beautiful color of spinach would be to add onion, tomatoes, ginger and garlic along with salt and water to the slow cooker. Set the timer for 4 hours. After the mentioned cooking time, mix in blanched spinach, all the spices and cook for 40 minutes on HIGH. Once the cooking time is over, puree the spinach, adjust seasonings, add tadka and enjoy!!  

Looking for palak paneer cooked over the flame – click here.

Also try other slow cooker recipes – slow cooker ghee, slow cooker langarwali dal, slow cooker kadhi, slow cooker Punjabi lobia.

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Palak Paneer in slow cooker or crockpot
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Amazingly delicious palak paneer cooked in slow cooker. Rich, creamy and absolutely D-licious meal!!
Servings Prep Time
4 PEOPLE 10 MINUTES
Cook Time
5:30 HOURS
Servings Prep Time
4 PEOPLE 10 MINUTES
Cook Time
5:30 HOURS
Palak Paneer in slow cooker or crockpot
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Rating: 5
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Amazingly delicious palak paneer cooked in slow cooker. Rich, creamy and absolutely D-licious meal!!
Servings Prep Time
4 PEOPLE 10 MINUTES
Cook Time
5:30 HOURS
Servings Prep Time
4 PEOPLE 10 MINUTES
Cook Time
5:30 HOURS
INGREDIENTS
FOR BOILING SPINACH
  • 250 grams or 1 cup Frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger paste
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 small Tomato, chopped
  • 3 tablespoon Tomato puree or freshly grated tomatoes
  • 2 cups Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1.5 teaspoon Haldi
  • 250 grams or 14-15 pieces of Paneer
FOR TEMPERING/TADKA
  • 1.5 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Degi Mirch or Red chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Besan (Chickpea flour)
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee/Oil
  • 2 teaspoon Coriander powder (sukha dhaniya) (do not add in tadka- add at the last)
  • 1 tablespoon Garam Masala Powder (do not add in tadka- add at the last)
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METHOD
  1. Assemble ingredients for spinach/palak.
  2. In a slow cooker add palak.
  3. Add chopped onions..
  4. Add ginger paste...
  5. Add chopped tomato and tomato puree.
  6. Add garlic pods.
  7. Pour water..
  8. Add salt and turmeric powder and..
  9. Mix it well.
  10. Close the lid and set the timer on HIGH setting for 5 hours.
  11. Meanwhile cut paneer in cubes or triangles. Heat and grease a tawa or griddle. Place paneer pieces on the hot griddle and cook until evenly brown from all the sides. Remove from heat and set it aside.
  12. After 5 hours.
  13. Using a hand blender....
  14. Grind spinach/palak to a fine paste. Add coriander powder, garam masala powder and mix. Cover and let it simmer.
  15. Meanwhile assemble ingredients for tadka.
  16. Heat ghee/oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and besan. Cook until besan turns light brown in color.
  17. Pour tadka/tempering over palak/spinach and mix it well.
  18. Adjust seasonings and mix in paneer pieces. Cover and let it simmer for another 30 minutes.
  19. After 30 minutes, unplug it and feel free to add some cream and serve hot with warm rotis.
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18 Responses

  1. Dr. Chakshu says:

    Wont green leafy vegetables like palak lose all its nutritional value if cooked in slow cooker for 5 long hours???

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks for stopping by Dr. Chakshu!
      I do agree that tender vegetables like spinach loose some of their nutrients while being cooked in the slow cooker but all the nutrients lost is compensated by using the liquid in which spinach was cooked. All that slow cooking adds a nice flavor to the dish. This is an alternate method for busy and working families who can come home to a warm and fresh dinner waiting to be eaten.
      Hope this answers your query!

  2. Huma says:

    Hi just came across ur website and in curious to try ur recipes. Can u pls tell me what changes will I have to make to use the same recipe but not using slow cooker

  3. D. Seehtoma says:

    Perfect recipe. I think I hit a jackpot. Perfect blend of spices and restaurant style palak paneer. I added cream in the last and my Indian hubby was very happy. Surprisingly my color was much greener than yours, maybe it’s the palak that we get in singapore is much green. Overall a happy visitor and this was my success story.

    • Ruchi says:

      Sorry for the late reply, somehow your mail ended up in my junk folder. Thanks D. for trying the recipe and sharing your success story with me. Yes, many of my readers, who tried this recipe ended up with rich greener color. So happy and glad to hear that you liked the recipe. 🙂

  4. Jayanti says:

    Thanks for the awesome recipe, I tried it and taste so good.

  5. Nidhi says:

    Amazing Recipe. Tried it and it turned out really nice. Everyone loved it. Can’t believe how good it taste with such little effort. Looking forward to try more slow cooker recipes.

    • RK says:

      Thanks for turning the recipe Nidhi and sharing your wonderful feedback with me. Really appreciate that!! Glad you liked it. 🙂

  6. Deepshikha says:

    Hi Ruchi, never tried this way of tadka- giving tadka to besan and then pouring besan in palak. I mix besan directly in palak and then give tadka to palak. Will try this way too. Hey in restaurants i get a strong flavor of garlic or ginger, but not able to simulate that flavor. Any thoughts?

    • RK says:

      Thanks for stopping by Deepshikha!! After you have cooked palak, give it a final tempering/tadka of ghee, finely chopped garlic and thinly sliced ginger. Cook until garlic is light brown in color, pour over palak paneer. Simmer it for a minute and enjoy!!

  7. Payal says:

    Following you from Facebook. I admire your cooking and your pictures. Made this last night and everyone loved it. My mother in law was impressed with saag paneer. She liked the rich deep flavor. Loved it and will be making it again and again, only one thing can the saag green color be retained in slow cooker? But that’s the last thing I would worry about. Just curious.

    • RK says:

      Thanks for trying the recipe Payal and welcome to the blog!! Glad to hear that your family relished this dish. I am afraid, spinach’s green color will be compromised if cooked in slow cooker. Green leafy vegetables loose their beautiful color if cooked for prolonged hours. 🙁

  8. Smita says:

    Hello Ruchi, just a heads up, I tried this in slow cooker and it came out really nice. I had used fresh spinach and my palak paneer had some water after cooking time. I decided to leave the lid open for some time and the issue was solved. Next time will add less water. Secondly, I added besan in the start and it was cooked along with palak paneer. Thanks so much, slow cookers are really a blessing.

  9. Shalini says:

    Tried this recipe and it was a hit. The flavors were so much infused and blended. Taste much much better than what I cook. From now on always makin palak paneer in crockpot. Looking for more.

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