Vegan Palak Paneer with Tofu

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Enjoy gourmet restaurant-style Indian food at home with this Vegan Palak Tofu Paneer! A fragrant, creamy spinach curry made healthier with tofu instead of cheese. An easy yet impressive vegan Indian dinner!
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins

I don’t think there’s any dish that combines health and indulgence quite like this Vegan Palak Paneer with Tofu. It’s not only packed with healthy spinach and protein from tofu, but it’s also so flavorful and tasty thanks to mix of Indian spices. How bad does that sound?

What is Palak Paneer and is it vegan?

Palak paneer is a popular north Indian dish typically made with a spiced yet mild curry or gravy with spinach (palak) and cubes of soft Indian cheese (paneer). The sauce often contains a bit of heavy cream as well. It’s typically served with white basmati rice or an Indian flatbread, such as roti, or naan. It’s flavorful, aromatic, and a good way to eat a lot of spinach.

But, it’s not vegan (hi cheese, hi heavy cream).

vegan palak paneer with tofu in a silver grey serving bowlHow to Make Vegan Palak Paneer

To replicate the texture of paneer, veganized Indian recipes often rely on tofu, as I do in my Restaurant-Style Malai Kofta. Similarly, in this vegan Palak Paneer recipe, I swap out the paneer for tofu, but I give you two different options for how to make the tofu (more on that in the next section).

And the spinach gravy is just as creamy as the traditional, but it’s thickened with cashews, not milk or cream. You won’t miss the dairy, I promise!

This vegan palak paneer tastes indulgent but is actually very healthy. You’re eating a ton of spinach, there’s a minimal amount of oil, and it’s made with wholesome ingredients. If you do want to add a bit more decadence, feel free to add some full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream into the spinach gravy when you add the tofu.

Watch! How to veganize Palak Paneer

Two ways to prepare the tofu

When I first tested this recipe, I tried it with baked tofu, primarily because I love crispy baked tofu. It was delicious and very flavorful (I tossed the tofu with spices), but as Max remarked, it didn’t taste/feel that much like paneer, which is the soft, slightly chewy Indian cheese typically used in this dish.

vegan palak paneer with crispy baked tofu on top

So, I retested this recipe, using boiled tofu instead. To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for this method because I figured boiling tofu would be quite sad. But I was wrong! I love being wrong when the result equals delicious food!

Boiling the tofu keeps the tofu soft but brings a chewiness to the tofu, akin to the texture of paneer. Think of it as chewy-yet-soft tofu. And if you generously salt your boiling water, it adds even more chewiness to the tofu!

vegan palak tofu in bowl (boiled tofu)

I think both versions of this Vegan Palak Paneer are delicious, which is why I provide both tofu methods in the recipe. Here’s how to decide which version you want to make.

Use the Boiled Tofu Method if:

  • You want a more authentic-tasting palak paneer where the tofu really mimics the texture of the paneer

  • You want a shorter prep and cook time for the tofu (you don’t need to press the tofu and it takes just 2 minutes to boil)

  • You want to minimize the amount of oil in your cooking (the baked tofu is coated in a bit of oil)

Use the Baked Tofu Method if:

  • You prefer your tofu to be crispy

  • You want two different, distinct textures in this dish (creamy spinach curry + crispy tofu)

  • You want to add extra flavor (the tofu is coated in spices and then baked)

How to press tofu

If you opt for the baked tofu method, you will need to press the tofu to remove all the excess water; otherwise, it won’t crisp up in the oven. Place the tofu on a cutting board lined with paper towels; place more paper towels on top of the tofu and weight them down with a heavy cookbook or a heavy skillet filled with a few cans of beans. Let sit for 20-30 minutes to remove excess water.

baked tofu palak paneer in a bowl with rice and other fixings

Ingredient Spotlight: Spinach (aka Palak)

Palak paneer is typically made with fresh mature spinach. That said, if you can’t find regular spinach, you can substitute baby spinach (though it is more expensive) or frozen spinach. If you use frozen spinach, you don’t need to blanch it because it’s already been blanched or boiled, but you will want to thaw it.

First, wash the spinach thoroughly. Spinach is quite dirty and sandy, so it’s important to rinse it a few times. Otherwise, you’re likely to bite down on some sand, which is never a pleasant experience.

Next, blanch the spinach in boiling water and then immediately submerge it in an ice bath until it has cooled down. The blanching serves a few roles. It softens the spinach, so your sauce is smooth and creamy and doesn’t have raw bits. It also removes the bitter flavor of spinach (mature spinach is quite bitter in contrast to mild baby spinach). And blanching, as opposed to just boiling, also helps retain the spinach’s vibrant green color.

I’ve seen recipes that don’t call for blanching/boiling the spinach, and honestly, it confuses me. I tried just sautéing the spinach once and it tasted *so* bitter that I had to add several spoons of sugar to calm down the bitterness (and I’m not even someone who’s that sensitive to bitter food…I love me some radicchio)!

After blanching, squeeze out as much water as you can from the spinach. I usually let it dry out a bit on a paper towel or clean kitchen towel while I do any other prep work.

Then, make the spinach sauce. Add the blanched spinach to a blender with raw soaked cashews, garlic, ginger, serrano peppers, tomatoes, water, and salt. Yes, this is an incredibly healthy sauce! Blend until creamy and completely smooth. If you’re using a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, you can go easy on the prep work and not do too much chopping, as the blender will do it all for you.

After you cook the aromatics, pour the spinach sauce into the pan and let it cook for about 5 minutes. This helps slightly thicken up the curry, allows the flavors to meld together, and mellows out the somewhat intense grassy flavor of spinach.

Close up shot of finished dish

Tips for making this weeknight-friendly

Work efficiently and multitask! While your cashews are soaking, start on everything else: prep, cut, and cook your tofu; clean and then blanch spinach; chop up the aromatics for the masala and spinach sauce.

To save extra time, as noted above, stick with the boiled tofu method. It doesn’t require you to press the tofu for 20-30 minutes and the boiling takes just 2 minutes. Plus, you can use the same saucepan to boil the tofu and blanch the spinach (fewer dishes to wash!).

If you have a powerful blender, such as a Vitamix, you won’t have as much chopping to do for the spinach sauce because the Vitamix will pulverize all the ingredients for you.

By following these steps and working quickly, you can make this meal in 45 minutes. If you work more slowly or take a break to have an evening glass of wine (always a good thing), it’ll take about an hour.

overhead shot of finished dish

Serving Suggestions

I like to finish this vegan palak paneer with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice—which helps brighten up the cooked spinach flavors—and a garnish of chopped cilantro. If I have coconut yogurt at home, I like to little add just a few spoons of that into the finished dish for a nice tangy balance.

And as mentioned above, if you want to make this dish more indulgent, add a few splashes of full-fat coconut milk or a scoop of coconut cream to the spinach gravy when you add the tofu.

To make this dish a full meal, serve over a bed of white basmati rice (or brown rice) or serve with an Indian flatbread such as paratha, roti, or naan (keep in mind that most store-bought naan breads are not vegan).

baked tofu resting on top of spinach curry

If you give this recipe a try, be sure to tag me on Instagram with your recreations and please comment with your feedback below!

Vegan Palak Paneer with Tofu

5 from 34 votes
Enjoy gourmet restaurant-style Indian food at home with this Vegan Palak Tofu Paneer! A fragrant, creamy spinach curry made healthier with tofu instead of cheese. An easy yet impressive vegan Indian dinner!
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Diet Vegan
Keyword: gluten-free, nut-free, tofu
Serving size: 4



  • 1 (14-ounce or 16-ounce / 400-454g) block of extra firm tofu

For the Baked Tofu Method

  • 4 teaspoons neutral-flavored oil, such as grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)

Spinach Sauce*

  • 8-10 ounces (225-285g) spinach, washed well and tough stems removed
  • ½ cup (70g) raw cashews, soaked in boiling water for 1 hour (if your blender isn’t high-powered, I recommend soaking in cool water overnight or for 8 hours)
  • 1 ¼ (300 mL) cups water
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled but left whole
  • 1.5 inch (~3.5 cm) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, stem removed (remove seeds and membranes for a mild heat)
  • 2 small tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, or oil of choice
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ tablespoon fenugreek leaves, also known as kasoori methi (optional)

For Finishing

  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice or lime juice
  • Chopped cilantro
  • White rice or Indian flatbread such as roti, naan, or paratha


  • Soak the cashews in boiling water. If you’re using a Vitamix-style blender, 20-30 minutes is enough time. Otherwise, soak at least 1 hour. Then drain.
  • Prepare tofu - baking method only. Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Drain the tofu and press it (“how to press tofu” instructions are in the blog post). Chop the tofu into cubes.
    1. In a bowl, gently toss the tofu cubes with the 4 tsp oil, 1 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp garam masala, 1/4 tsp cayenne, and 1 TBSP nutritional yeast (if using).
    2. Bake on the prepared tray for 20-25 minutes, or until crispy and browned.
  • Prepare tofu - boiling method only. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drain the tofu and pat with paper towels to remove excess water. Chop the tofu into cubes.
    Add the cubed tofu to the boiling water and boil for 2 minutes. Use a strainer to remove the tofu from the water and drain immediately. Set aside.
  • Blanch the spinach. Bring a large pot of water to a boil (use the same pot if you boiled the tofu). Meanwhile prepare an ice bath (a large bowl of ice water). Submerge the spinach leaves in the boiling water and blanch for 2 minutes, or until wilted yet still bright green. Immediately transfer to the ice bath to stop cooking. Once the water is cool, squeeze out as much water as you can. Transfer spinach to a clean dish towel to dry out while you prepare any remaining ingredients.
  • Make the spinach sauce. Add the blanched spinach to your blender with the soaked and drained cashews and all remaining Spinach Sauce ingredients. Puree until totally smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
  • Make the masala. Heat a large deep pan over medium heat with the oil. Once the oil is shimmering, add the cumin seeds and fry for 1 minute, or until a bit darker and very fragrant, tossing frequently. Add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until translucent. Add the garlic and cook 1-2 minutes until golden. Add the turmeric, coriander, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, a black pepper to taste, and bay leaf (if using). Cook for 30 seconds, stirring the spices into the onions.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low. Pour in the Spinach Sauce and cook for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is thick, stirring occasionally and adding more water if the sauce appears to be drying out.
  • Stir in the garam masala and, if using, crush the fenugreek leaves into the gravy. If using boiled tofu, add that now Stir gently to combine and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper and squeeze a little lemon or lime juice on top. If using baked tofu, serve it on top of the spinach curry at the end.
  • Add cilantro to garnish and serve with white rice or Indian flatbread.


*If you have a powerful blender like a Vitamix, you can soak the cashews in boiling water just 20-30 minutes. You can also do very little chopping of the ginger, pepper, and tomatoes and let the blender do most of the work.

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88 comments on Vegan Palak Paneer with Tofu

  1. Awesome— I’ll make it tomorrow

  2. Maneesha

    Hi Nisha! I made this last night and loved it! I did the boiled tofu version and also added a cinnamon stick for extra flavor. Thanks for another great recipe!

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Maneesha, that’s so lovely to hear :) I actually just finished eating it for dinner today! The cinnamon stick sounds like a great addition. Thanks for sharing!

    2. Robyn

      5 stars
      I love this recipe ! I swapped out the tofu for gnocchi pasta and it worked great !

  3. Vanessa

    I’m curious: why is the garam masala spice added in a separate, later step than the other ground spices?

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Vanessa, garam masala is most often used as a finishing spice – often as a final garnish, which seasons the dish and adds to the aroma. You could add it with the other ground spices if you prefer – it probably doesn’t make a big difference.
      Hope that helps!

  4. Nsa107

    This looks so good! What can I sub instead of cashews to make it nut free? Can I use sunflower seeds? Or pumpkin seeds?

    1. Nisha Vora

      Thank you! Sunflower seeds are decent substitute but they aren’t as neutral in taste as raw cashews, and a bit less creamy. My preferred substitute would be coconut cream from a can of coconut milk (about 1/2 cup, added before the tofu and stir to incorporate).

  5. About how many servings does this make?

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Riley, I just updated the blog post. If you serve it with rice or flatbread, it’s enough to feed 4 people. If you serve it alone, I’d say 2-3 people.

  6. Randee

    Omg YUM! Now I just need to figure out how to instant pot this 🤔

  7. Mia

    Thank you for creating such a delicious recipe! I made the baked tofu version and it was a hit with the family.

  8. Rita May

    This came out so delicious and fresh. I probably could have just eaten the spinach sauce out of a pan with a spoon it was so tasty. I didn’t have any cashews on hand so I used canned coconut milk and a couple spoonfuls of vegan yogurt (Kite brand almond yogurt to be exact) and it came out delicious. I also did the roasted tofu and added just a bit of Indian Curry Powder. It was very easy and tasty, and I will 100% make again when I have cashews and will try the boiled method because I’m sure that will be great too!

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Rita, thank you for your lovely feedback. So happy you loved the recipe and thought it was easy. Glad it worked well with coconut milk instead!

  9. raj parmar

    I made both versions of the tofu, soft and baked! Enjoyed both of them. Soft one was a big hit in our family. My husband who hates tofu said it tasted like cheese.ThanksRaj @jarfoods2019

  10. LOVE this recipe. I baked the tofu and it was so delicious. The curry was easy to make and so flavourful. I can’t wait to have leftovers tomorrow, they’re going to be even better. I can’t wait to make it again, this recipe is going to be a regular one for me!

  11. Erin

    Can’t wait to make this…can you do matar paneer next? :)

  12. Prithvi

    I tried this last night for dinner along with jeera rice. It was a huge hit! I have a question, what is the purpose of boiling tofu?

  13. I just made this recipe for a second time and it was SO delicious still! This says a lot because I haven’t made any recipe twice for the last 3 months of quarantine! Since it seems relatively healthy , I don’t feel as guilty eating 2 large bowls of it haha!

  14. Vanessa

    First of all, this was delicious. I have tried many recipes for different Indian curries and such, but this recipe tasted like what I would order in a restaurant.
    Second, should I be stirring in garam masala at the end of cooking with all curry-type recipes?

  15. Christine

    So excited to see that there is an option to use frozen spinach! here in the south, we’re already getting our hot weather and that means bolted spinach. So sad. But I have a whole bunch of frozen spinach in my freezer, from a failed attempt to make healthy smoothies. 🤢 Kind of sucked to put it in there, but I have a feeling it will do really well in palak paneer. Now, just to gather up the rest of the ingredients and give this a go this weekend!

  16. Alison

    I air-fried the tofu and it was divine! :)

  17. Sarah D.

    So delicious! I didn’t even have the full amount of spinach, only five ounces and it still turned out good. Smells amazing and tastes amazing. Thanks so much, Nisha, for this awesome recipe. I will very likely make this again.

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  19. Karina

    Honestly the first time trying palak paneer in my life, and I’m glad I tried this recipe because it’s so good! I paired it with flatbread and coconut yogurt, which honestly is the great unexpected combo ever! Thanks Nisha!

  20. ama

    This recipe is delicious! I wasn’t sure what to expect because I have never eaten this dish before going vegan, but it was amazing. My boyfriend asked me to make it again already! We did the baked tofu and everything was so flavorful.

  21. Laurel

    I have been wanting to make this recipe as soon as I saw it on your story and have been slowly gathering ingredients! I think I have everything except Serrano peppers though, can these be substituted for a different pepper?

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Laurel! You can use a jalapeno pepper. They are less spicy, so if you like things on the spicy side, you can use 2 instead of 1.

  22. Terry

    Just finished my 2nd helping of this for dinner! Absolutely wonderful dish! Made the baked tofu version and can’t say enough good things. Thank you so much for sharing.

  23. Marianne

    I made this for dinner yesterday and honestly haven’t stopped thinking about it. So so tasty and full of flavour. Will definitely have this on the menu again. Thank you!

  24. JN

    I accidentally found you when I was searching for a good tofu spinach dish. I am making this right now and had not realized boiling tofu with extra salt make it better! LOVE your recipes, have subscribed to your youtube channel as you use jackfruit as well. I am so happy to have found your youtube & blog for healthy, vegan options. Best of all, you are so realistic in your videos, LOVE it!

  25. Alyssa

    This recipe is incredible. I recently went vegan and have been missing cheese, especially paneer. I think this tastes way better than the restaurant versions of this dish. Thank you for sharing this, I can’t wait to make it again!

  26. Isabella

    I’m so glad I got recommended the video for this recipe. The sauce is absolutely delicious and tastes just as good if not better than restaurant quality food. I would make this again in a heart beat, thank you so much!

  27. Belinda

    Just made this it’s so delicious and really hard to believe there is no cream or paneer in this. The boiled tofu was amazing. Definitely making again. Thanks Neisha.

  28. Kiki

    This was amazing! The sauce was delicious. Thank you!

  29. Toni

    This is our second go – first time we used canned spinach (don’t judge – it was still delicious). Fresh spinach was a game changer and it was awesome! Not to mention working in the kitchen on a recipe with my vegan child is my new favorite thing! Thank you!

  30. Just made this recipe last night for my family and I and it was delicious! Perfect amount for 3 people, especially served with rice. I didn’t have a few ingredients such as Serrano pepper or tomatoes so I tried it with a bit of a smaller bell pepper and chopped grape tomatoes. The sauce was still so delicious , and the masala is sooo flavorful. Letting the cumin seeds cook with the onion and garlic in olive oil also gave an extra boost and enhanced the taste. Also used silken tofu because I didn’t have any firm but i boiled it and it still came out tasting great in the palak masala. Really excited to make it again soon!

  31. Lauren

    Could I boil the tofu then bake it?😂 get the best of both worlds!

  32. Hannah

    I adore Indian food, that’s why I tried this recipe today as my first ever selfmade tofu meal. It‘s quite easy to make and tastes really delicious! It smells and tastes just like eating out in an Indian restaurant while it‘s very light since it obviously doesn‘t come with the cheese and cream. I definitely will be trying more of your recipes, Nisha! Thank you!

  33. Vivek

    Made it tonight, love how much greens it packs and the cashews really do make the palak creamy

  34. Ridley

    I have an allergy to cashews… is there any way to make it without them?

    1. Gabriel

      I made the sauce with homemade almond milk and coconut shavings with spinach and it worked really well

  35. Heather Grow Jennings

    Made this today. Love it! And, the meat eaters love it too. I actually had everything on hand except tomatoes (which is weird bc it’s Summer and I have 14 tomato plants) so I used canned tomatoes. I did the boiled tofu method because I wanted a more authentic dish.

  36. Cait

    This was fantastic to eat and fun to make! Paneer is one of my fav things pre-veganism and the boiled tofu hit that spot, surrounded by a super yummy spinach gravy bursting with flavor. My only changes were doubling the chilis (I kinda wanted a third for more heat even) and I subbed frozen chopped spinach (made it so easy!). The flavors were lovely and it was a hit! Thanks for the recipe!

  37. Amy Lucero

    I made this last night and it is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. It tastes like it came from our favorite Indian restaurant. Thank you!!!

  38. Patricia

    It was delicious! I only had 5 oz of spinach so didn’t get the full experience but it was still great. I added coconut yogurt to the recipe. Yum.

  39. Yan

    this was a very disappointing way of finding out me and my family all hate cumin lol, we really do, so much, none of us was able to eat it. maybe i’ll make it again in the future without it, but for now i’m traumatized. i was able to wash the tofu and re-use it though so fortunately that didn’t go to waste! the recipe turned out fine and the texture of the sauce was good, it was just a matter of personal taste.

  40. Sophie

    Oh I loved this recipe so much! My husband is sensitive to some spices so I omitted the cumin but it was equally delicious. Such a great yet light dish!

  41. maria

    Girl .. let me tell you .. this was AHHHMazing. I am of Asian descent and desi cooking is a huge part of my cooking style and this dish was sooooo good like Indian restaurant good. We choose to make rotis and I cant tell you how warming it the dish was, it was like soul food !! Thanks for this vegan option

  42. Ridley

    Thank you so much for this recipe!! It was a huge hit with my dinner guests and they all had lots of comments about how strong and delicious the flavors were! <3

  43. Heather

    I never would have thought I could make something like this! Your recipe is delicious and easy at the same time! Delicious!

  44. Liz

    This is SO amazing! My omni partner even liked it. I used a package of frozen spinach and that worked really well. Just thaw it and drain it. Perfect! I did pick up some dried fenugreek leaves and I recommend.

  45. Katherine

    I made this for the first time for dinner tonight and my entire family can’t stop talking about how delicious it is!! It’s definitely going to be one of my go-to recipes from now on

  46. I made this last week and was happy with it that I ate the leftovers for lunch everyday and passed the recipe on to every person I know. I could not believe how similar the tofu tasted to paneer. I honestly thought I’d never be able to enjoy paneer again so this has been a game changer!

  47. Jenn

    I made this and my family loved it. My 7-year old just made a special request that I make this again “it was the best dinner I’ve had in years”! 😂

  48. Virginie

    Love this recipe, I’ve been making it every few weeks as my comfort food meal (I even eat it for breakfast). Used to make another vegan version, but your additional steps are worth it!

    1. Nisha Vora

      That’s so nice to hear, Virginie! I’ve never had it for breakfast, but I like the sound of it :)

  49. Kristin

    I’m not vegan so when I first made this recipe I decided to use half paneer and half boiled tofu. I could not tell the difference at all ! It’s such an amazing recipe and I’ve made it at least 4 times. Sooo good!

  50. I made this and it was SO delicious I can’t wait to make it again. I used my Vitamix to blend and maybe blended it too much….the green color was not vibrant like your pictures. It turned a brownish green which was not visually appetizing but the taste made up for it. What should I do differently next time

  51. Giovanna

    Absolutely delicious thank you!!

  52. Nicole

    Would raw walnuts substitute appropriately for cashews in a pinch? Thanks!

  53. Emma

    Can I freeze the spinach sauce?

    1. Kathryn

      I have frozen the sauce (not tofu) before and found it froze well. It wasn’t as strong/spicy but still had delicious flavour

  54. Kathryn

    This has become one of my all time favourite recipes! I made some today and it was the best batch I have ever made. Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe–I am so grateful!

  55. Riki

    5 stars
    This recipe really hits it out of the park. I make it for my (non vegan) family and everyone loves it! Boiling the tofu is so clever and one of my new favorite tofu cooking methods!

  56. danielle

    how did I miss this recipe? Can’t wait to make it!

  57. Cayla

    5 stars
    This is so good! I’ve made it with both kinds of tofu and I prefer the baked method :)

  58. JG

    5 stars
    Another delicious staple dish added to my weekly meals. And it’s so ridiculously easy. It only takes me about 30-40 mins, and it’s very low effort (I do the boiled tofu). So healthy, comforting, and delicious. Thank you for this gem!

  59. Arya

    5 stars
    Delicious delicious delicious!

  60. Manal

    5 stars
    So dang good! The best palak paneer ever, even though it had no paneer lol! Love your recipes Nisha.

  61. 5 stars
    CHEF EXPERIENCE: Tried this for the first time, with very limited experience cooking Indian food (but lots of experience indulging in it!). The receipe’s headnotes and how Nisha writes her directions made following simple to follow. I felt set up for success and walking through each of the steps was a breeze.

    FLAVOR: The flavors were beautiful – I shared with three others who independently said that the spice blend, textures and mouth warmth following a few bites was spot on. These people are unabashed in their sharing of opinions :) I was asked to make the dish again and plan to include it in a weekly repertoire of easy-to-make-but-stupidly-delicious dinners!

    Thank you Nisha!

  62. Katie Hanson

    5 stars
    This was so tasty!! I made the oven version tofu and I will totally make those again on their own for batch cooking meal prep in the future. The gravy like sauce is comforting and delicious! I used one jalapeño in hopes of making it an easier win for my 4 year old. I can’t wait to try it with more heat but just one jalapeño was still so good. This won’t go into my week night favorites as a busy working mom, just more steps and pans than I can do on a busy weeknight but I wish it was! Look forward to making it again on days that aren’t a race to dinner.

  63. Ruth Horndasch

    5 stars
    So amazingly good😋 I’m a new vegan. I found you on YouTube and I am slowing watching all your videos 😊 Thank you for developing this recipe! I have learned from you how to make tofu and Palak Peneer and I honestly can say this is the best dish with tofu I have ever made ‼️

  64. Leigh

    5 stars
    Palak paneer is one of my go-to favorites at Indian restaurants, and this vegan version hit the spot! I used the boiled tofu method to replicate the texture of paneer. I had so much fun making (and eating) this recipe. :)

  65. Emm

    Can I freeze the sauce?

  66. danielle

    5 stars
    exactly as beyond delicious as I’ve come to expect from you, Nisha 💙🙏💙 thank you, it’s perfect!

  67. Sneha

    5 stars
    Absolutely fantastic! The flavors are spot on, and I’d even wager to say that this was one of the best palak paneer I’ve had. I used the boiled tofu recipe and even the texture was almost exactly like how paneer tastes. The seasonings ring true to the original dish as well.

  68. Sri Thakkilapati

    We made this tonight and it was wonderful- I cooked the sauce for 20 minutes until the ginger garlic paste no longer tasted raw. We lost the beautiful jewel green colour but it was still fresh and bright with lemon. Thank you for these recipes!

  69. Sri

    We made this tonight and it was wonderful- I cooked the sauce for 20 minutes until the ginger garlic paste no longer tasted raw. We lost the beautiful jewel green colour but it was still fresh and bright with lemon. Thank you for these recipes!

  70. Niki

    5 stars
    I used to go to this local Indian restaurant, and my favorite dish there was saag paneer. When I went vegan I was bummed I couldn’t get it anymore. This recipe blows theirs out of the water. This is in the weekly rotation for sure! Thanks!

    1. I’m so flattered you loved this vegan palak paneer so much and that it was a great replacement for your old favorite :) Thanks for sharing, Niki!

  71. Tanya

    5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious…my boyfriend and I loved it so much…he had thirds…lol. Thank you for this wonderful recipe I will definitely be making it again!

  72. Chelsea

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!! Cant wait to make this again!

  73. Jenn

    5 stars
    So thankful to have found this recipe, I don’t miss restaurant palak paneer anymore! Tofu is such a super food, the replacement is pure brilliance!

  74. Michele G

    5 stars
    I’ve made this several times now & it never disappoints! I always love it for breakfast the next day as the flavors are even better! Serve with some basmati and homemade naan & it’s heaven. I made both mint & tamarind chutney this last time and it complimented it nicely. Thank you Nisha, as always, for your wonderful recipes and great videos! You’re the best!

  75. Emily Moss

    5 stars
    This was DELICIOUS! We added extra spinach at the end because we love it so much. It had a lot of depth to the flavours and, even though I was in a hurry so I fried my tofu – it had the texture of paneer!!!

  76. Stefanie

    5 stars
    This is one of my absolute favourite dishes and it’s SO easy to make!
    I do it on weeknights in like 20 min (with multitasking). I love that is is healthy and so satisfying.

    Love it!!

  77. Melissa

    5 stars
    I did the boiled tofu method which was delicious! I also tried a second version with coconut milk instead of cashews, and it turned out great!

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