Indian Creamed Spinach (Saag Paneer)

Saag Paneer

We just LOVE creamed spinach!  Especially the kind they serve at Indian restaurants.  I can buy the paneer cheese frozen at a local Indian grocery. 🙂  There are recipes on the internet for making this cheese at home, too.  🙂  This dish is Atkins Induction friendly and suitable for other Keto diets as well.  Paleo and Primal Blueprint followers will want to use coconut milk for the cream and omit the cubes altogether.

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2 T. butter

2 oz. yellow onion

16 oz. frozen chopped spinach

1 c. water

3 oz. cream cheese

1/3 c. heavy cream

Dash salt and pepper

1 tsp. my Garam Masala spice blend

½ tsp. grated ginger root

½ c. chopped cilantro

½ seeded jalapeno chopped

OPTIONAL:  paneer cheese cubes (tofu cubes are a good substitute)

DIRECTIONS:  Sliver up the onion very thin or chop finely.  Melt butter in skillet and saute onion over medium heat in non-stick skillet.  Add spinach and water, cover and simmer just until spinach is done (about 5 minutes).  Drain off any remaining water.  Now dot the surface with cream cheese and stir in to melt.  Add all spices, ginger, and jalapeno pepper now.  Stir.  Lower heat to lowest setting and add cream.  Simmer uncovered for 2-3 minutes to allow  flavors to blend.  Add cilantro last and simmer 1-2 minutes longer. Sometimes I pop it into a 350º oven for 15 minutes, but that is not actually necessary.  The dish shown in the pic above WAS NOT baked yet.   Great with grilled kebab, chicken or fish.  Mmm Mmm Mmm.  I just love this stuff!

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings each contains

193 calories, 16.4 g  fat, 7.9 g  carbs, 3.9 g  fiber, 4.0 NET CARBS, 197 g  sodium


4 comments on “Indian Creamed Spinach (Saag Paneer)

  1. We love Saag Paneer too. I like to use fresh spinach, and I don’t puree mine, as many recipes suggest, simply because I prefer the texture.
    Thanks for all the great recipes, Peggy.


    • Yes, it is always delicious using the fresh. I find it difficult to judge how much more it takes with fresh and invariably end up with not enough. When I use the frozen, I end up with the right amount for two people every time. 🙂


  2. Hi Peggy, just wanted to mention that soy (being, of course, a legume) is not a paleo food, so tofu wouldn’t be an acceptable paleo modification for the recipe. Also, in your introduction you mention tofu as a replacement for the cream cheese cubes, rather than for the paneer. 😊


    • MsBee, thank you for pointing out the soy/legume issue. Don’t know what I was thinking of. You’d want to eliminate the cubes altogether then and I’ve corrected the narrative to say that now. Thanks for noticing that error. I did Primal ages ago, but never really did full-on Paleo.


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