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Saag Palak Paneer Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
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Saag Paneer - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Saag Paneer is made with cooking mustard leaves and spinach with spices.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: North Indian
Keyword: instant pot, one pot, pressure cooker, punjabi
Diet: Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegetarian
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Servings: 4
Calories: 181kcal
Author: Meeta Arora


  • 1 tbsp Ghee or Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 2 Green Chili Pepper optional, adjust to taste
  • 1" inch Ginger chopped
  • 10 cloves Garlic chopped
  • 2 Onion medium sized. Cut into large pieces
  • 1 bunch Mustard leaves (Sarson) chopped. About 9oz
  • 1 bunch Spinach (Palak) chopped. About 9oz
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 10 oz Paneer or Cottage cheese cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp Corn meal (Makai ka aata) fine ground


  • Heat ghee in the instant pot in saute mode. Add jeera, green chili, ginger and garlic.
  • Once the ginger and garlic turns golden brown, add the chopped onions. Saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add the spices to the instant pot. Then add the mustard greens, spinach and water.
  • Change the instant pot setting to manual or pressure cook mode for 4 minutes. When the instant pot beeps, do a 5 minute NPR, which means release the pressure manually after 5 mins. Turn off the instant pot.
  • Add in the corn flour. Use an immersion blender to blend the saag to a smooth paste.
  • Turn on the instant pot in saute mode. Add in the paneer and cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Saag Paneer is ready to be served.


  • Vegan Variation: To make this recipe vegan, you can skip the paneer or replace it with tofu.
  • Add Broccoli or Cauliflower: Some people add broccoli while preparing saag, which is great too.  You can also add cauliflower.  It helps to get a thicker texture.  I like to add broccoli when I am making plain saag without paneer.
  • No mustard leaves: Make saag with spinach. Just double the quantity of spinach and keep the other ingredients the same.
  • This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Pressure Cooker. 


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.2g | Protein: 15.3g | Fat: 5.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.9g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 941mg | Potassium: 861mg | Fiber: 5.4g | Sugar: 4.8g | Vitamin A: 16450IU | Vitamin C: 170.8mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 3.6mg