Palak Paneer Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
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Instant Pot Palak Paneer Recipe (Pressure Cooker)

A North Indian favorite with spinach and cottage cheese, Palak Paneer. Make this instant pot palak paneer as a one-pot dish, super easy and delicious!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: North Indian
Keyword: Healthy, Vegetables
Diet: Gluten-free, Low Carb, Nut-free, Vegetarian
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Servings: 4
Calories: 417kcal
Author: Meeta Arora


  • 1 lb Spinach (Palak) washed
  • 2 cups Paneer or Cottage cheese cut in bite sized cubes
  • 1 tbsp Ghee or Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 Green Chili Pepper chopped
  • 1 Onion medium, chopped
  • 5 cloves Garlic chopped
  • 1" inch Ginger chopped
  • 1 Tomato medium, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala


  • Start the instant pot in sauté mode. Heat oil and add cumin seeds.
  • When cumin seeds start to splutter, add ginger, garlic, green chili and onions. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add tomato and spices. Stir and let it cook for 2 minutes. 
  • Add water and deglaze the pot (see notes). Add in the spinach. Press cancel and close the instant pot lid with vent in sealing position. Set on manual or pressure cook mode for 2 minutes.
  • Once the instant pot beeps, do a 5 minute natural pressure release, which means release the pressure manually 5 minutes after the beep. 
  • Blend the ingredients in the pot to a creamy texture using an immersion blender.
  • Add the paneer and garam masala. Let it sit for 5 minutes, so the paneer soaks in the flavors.
  • Palak Paneer is ready to be served with naan, roti or paratha.



Burn message: If your instant pot is a newer model and you have seen burn message before, then add 1/2 cup water.
Stovetop Variation: The exact same preparation can be done in a sauce pan. Do not use a non-stick pan, if you plan to use an immersion blender to puree the spinach. 
Fry Paneer: This is a personal preference. If you like to fry the paneer, you can fry in 2-3 tbsp oil in a pan or air fry it. Then add the fried paneer to the blended spinach. 
Green Chili Pepper: I typically use Thai, Birdeye or Serrano Chili Pepper in my recipes. Don't forget to adjust to your taste. 
Created: This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Programmable Pressure Cooker.


Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 747mg | Potassium: 770mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 10990IU | Vitamin C: 41.5mg | Calcium: 673mg | Iron: 3.9mg