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Palak Paneer Puff

Palak Paneer Puff

My 309th recipe, “Palak Paneer Puff”, a super delicious tea time snack. Palak Paneer Puff is nothing but the flavors of the Indian Palak paneer wrapped inside a puff pastry sheet and baked until nicely golden and flaky.

palak paneer puff

I have to admit that I have a weakness for tea time snacks. I love any dish which is hot and compliments perfectly with a cup of my cardamom chai. A bite of snack and a sip of the tea is what comfort means in my books. I have even skipped dinner many a times, after tucking myself upon goodies during the evening tea time. With such a fondness for tea time snacks, I had not other option, but to follow up my Sweet Poli with yet another snack recipe. However something on the savory side.

palak paneer puff

Puff has been one of my favorites for a long time. Apart from tasting delicious, puffs are also very easy to make at home. With puff pastry sheets readily available in supermarket these days, it literally takes very little effort to bake one at home. Just make your favorite filling, stuff it inside the store bought pastry sheet and bake per instructions. You should have a piping hot puff ready to be enjoyed.

palak paneer puff

Among all the different kinds of puff fillings, I especially love the paneer filling from a bakery near to where I grew up. Made with caramelized onion and spices which compliments the paneer nicely, it is surely one of the most delicious things you could eat. I have already tried posting my version of that paneer puff earlier. I had also then posted a version of puff with vegetable fillings. So this time around I wanted to make a puff with a unique filling which is equally flavorful and loved by everyone.

palak paneer puff

Palak Paneer is one dish which is loved by everyone and one of RK’s favorites. I too love palak paneer but not when made with pureed spinach. I love when the spinach is wilted along with the paneer. The softness from the paneer, spiciness from the chilli, color from the spinach, flavor from cumin and spices combines together to form one delicious dish.

palak paneer puff

I finally decided to make a version of puff which will have the flavors of palak paneer within. I made a filling which has every flavor I love about palak paneer. And just like how I love the spinach is wilted and not pureed. Instead of adding cream, I chose to add some ground cashews for richness. The end result was a super delicious palak paneer puff which is right on the money from texture and flavor perspective. A super delicious palak paneer puff which has all the right flavors to become your next favorite 🙂

palak paneer puff

Palak Paneer Puff

palak paneer puff

Palak Paneer Puff

Revathi Palani
Palak Paneer Puff is a super easy to make evening snack with the flavors of palak paneer wrapped inside a puff pastry and baked until golden.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 300 grams Paneer (3/4 pack)
  • 6 Puff Pastry sheets
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera
  • 1 small Green chili (finely crushed)
  • 1 clove Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 medium Onion (finely sliced)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (adjust per taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper (adjust per taste)
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1/8 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 6 Oz Spinach (1 packet)

To Grind

  • 7 Cashew
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds

Instructions
 

  • Leave the paneer to soak in warm water until needed. Also, leave the puff pastry sheets to thaw.

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  • Then grind the cashews and fennel seeds and keep aside.

    palak paneer puff palak paneer puff
  • Heat a pan with the oil and once hot, add the jeera. Once it starts to slightly change color, add the crushed green chili and garlic. Salute until the garlic is slightly golden. Now, add the sliced onion to the pan.

    palak paneer puff palak paneer puff
  • Saute the onion until they turn translucent. Now add the salt, pepper, cumin, turmeric powders and mix well.

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    palak paneer puff palak paneer puff
  • Now add the spinach leaves to the pan and cook in medium flame. No need to add any additional water.

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  • Once the spinach is wilted and almost cooked, add the garam masala and the ground cashew/fennel seed mix. Mix well until combined and cook until slightly dry.

    palak paneer puff palak paneer puff
  • Now, crumble half of the paneer and add to the pan. Mix well. Break the remaining paneer into large pieces and add it to the pan. Mix well. Continue to cook until the mixture turns dry. Leave it to cool to room temperature.

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    palak paneer puff palak paneer puff
  • Pre heat the oven at 375 F. Take the baking sheet, line it with butter paper or grease it with butter/oil. Place the puff pastry over them. Place about two tablespoons of the paneer mixture at the middle.

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  • Wet the edges with water so that it would stick while folding. Bring opposite edges together as shown in the pic and stick together nicely. Brush the top of the puff with oil.

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    palak paneer puff palak paneer puff
  • Bake them in the pre-heated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the puff changes to golden brown. Check at regular intervals to avoid burnt puffs. Once done remove them from oven and let them get cooled for 5 minutes.

    palak paneer puff palak paneer puff
  • Serve hot as a tea time snack with ketchup.

    palak paneer puff palak paneer puff

Notes | FAQ

– In case of using fresh home made paneer. You can skip the process of soaking them in warm water.
– Crumbling half the paneer and breaking had into pieces is for a varied texture while eating.
– Brushing with butter/olive oil is a must to achieve nice golden brown color.
– Follow the instructions on your puff pastry packet for baking. Chances are that it could be different from mine.
Recipe Rating




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Sharmila

Friday 7th of May 2021

Hi, I tried these recently and they turned out fabulous. My kids loved it. Thank you for the recipe x

revifood

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

Thanks Sharmila for trying, glad to hear that your family loved it

Natia

Thursday 6th of February 2020

Hi awesome recipe. Can you please let me know the shelf life?

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Friday 29th of June 2018

I like to eat every kind of dish that uses spinach as a major ingredient. I always like to cook something healthy and nutritious for my family. I liked this baked spinach and would love to try it very soon.

Aditi

Saturday 17th of February 2018

It turned out great. I think cashew and fennel powder is a game changer :). Thank you, from another tea time snack enthusiast.

revifood

Monday 19th of February 2018

Thanks Aditi. Glad you liked the twist of adding the cashew and fennel :-)

Remya Jayaraman

Friday 10th of March 2017

Looks great! what brand of puff pastry did you use?

revifood

Friday 10th of March 2017

Thanks Remya :-) I usually use the Indo-European Puff Pastry Square Dough.

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