Saag Paneer Recipe – Home Made Indian Food

We love to cook and since Queens is quickly becoming NYC’s food capitol, what better place to host great recipes then Queens Mamas?! A fellow Queens Mama and amazing cook has shared her home made Indian recipe for Saag Paneer a delicious vegetarian dish. See what she has to say about it below:


Now I know what you’re thinking. Doesn’t that just look absolutely delicious? If you have ever eaten Saag Paneer, you would absolutely think so. If you haven’t… you are looking at that plate and thinking that it looks more like… something… else. But please trust me: looks can be incredibly deceiving. Saag Paneer is absolutely scrumptious, and incredibly easy to make. Especially if you are using a slow cooker.


  • 2 lbs. of thoroughly washed fresh spinach
  • 2 large red or yellow onions, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 chunk of fresh ginger, approximately 3 or 4 inches in length, depending on how gingery you like for things to taste. Peel that chunk up, and then chop it up into little bits
  • 20 cloves of fresh garlic, peeled and left whole
  • Green thai, serrano, or cayenne chilies, with stems removed. Obviously the more you use, the spicer this dish will get! (If you want the flavor of the chili without all of the added heat, simply remove the seeds from inside the chili. Make sure that if you do this, though, that you are wearing gloves to protect your hands! Otherwise, if you rub your eyes anytime later on that same day… you will deeply regret that you didn’t).
  • 4 tbsp. of ground cumin
  • 1 heaping tablespoon red chile powder
  • 1 heaping tbsp. garam masala
  • 2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • sugar to taste
  • lemon juice freshly squeezed to taste
  • 6 tbsp. butter (and more to taste)
  • cinnamon to taste
  • plain yogurt

For full recipe and directions visit Queens Mama  Jennifer Van Doren Hughes’ blog