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Saag Paneer

This is a recipe that I kind of developed myself, from a number of other recipes out there.

Saag Paner



226g* paneer cheese, chopped into 1cm cubes

900g* frozen spinach

1 x brown onion

1 x red chili

2 x garlic cloves

2cm fresh ginger, grated

330ml* creme fraiche

2 tbs lemon juice

1 cal spray (or oil of choice)


Spice mix:

1tbs garam masala

1 tbs chili powder/chili flakes

1 tbs turmeric

1 tbs cumin powder

pinch salt


*These happen to be the packet sizes in our local supermarket – I hate using half a packet of things! All these quantities can be varied, depending on what’s on offer.


Empty the spinach into a bowl, and cook per the packet instructions.

Put all the spice mix ingredients into a bowl. mix them together, and add the paneer, ensuring the cheese is thoroughly coated in the mix.

Spray a non-stick pan with 1 cal spray, or heat your chosen oil, and add the cheese. Cook for about 5 minutes until it becomes brown and a bit crispy. Remove it from the pan, and set it aside.

Add some more 1 cal spray or oil to the pan, and add the ginger, garlic, onion and chili. Cook for about 3-4 minutes making sure it doesn’t burn. Add the spinach and the lemon juice and cook for a further 3 minutes. Add the paneer and continue to heat. Finally, add the creme frache and plenty of pepper. Heat until it is all warm and serve.

I serve this with cauliflower rice and it comes in at under 500 calories per portion. These are very big portions, and it could easily serve five or even six.

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  1. […] for breakfast, chicken, butternut squash, corn on the cob and green beans for lunch, and then saag paneer and cauliflower rice for dinner. I decided that rather than have extra carbs for dinner, I would have breakfast at home […]

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