Indian creamed spinach, also known as malai palak, calls for spinach, onions, cumin seeds, garlic, ginger, chiles, turmeric, and cream. The recipe, from the renowned restaurant Rasika, is a quick weeknight winner of a dinner.
Like creamed spinach? Then you’ve got to try this Indian version known as malai palak. It’s a recipe for a simple side dish made from spinach, garlic, onion, cream, and spices. It’s rich enough to taste almost indecently indulgent so chances are you won’t have trouble convincing your family to take second helpings.–Angie Zoobkoff
Indian Creamed Spinach
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- 50 M
- 1 H
- Serves 4 to 6
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Variation on Malai Palak
- To make palak paneer, simply add 2 cups cubed paneer (a 12-ounce package) along with the cream, salt, and fenugreek leaf powder in step 5.
- To make aloo palak, simply add 2 cups cooked potatoes cut into 1/2-inch (12-mm) cubes along with the cream, salt, and fenugreek leaf powder in step 5.
Recipe Testers Reviews
It was wonderful to make this Indian creamed spinach in my own kitchen, as I very often order it at Indian restaurants. Cumin seeds, onions, garlic, and ginger—all heavy hitters in fabulous flavor and aroma—really come through in the gorgeously colorful dish. It’s rich tasting but pleasantly light with just 1/4 cup cream. You and your guests will keep reaching for the serving spoon for more.
To make this an even quicker weeknight dinner, I used pre-washed baby spinach and blanched and puréed it the day before with an immersion blender right in the bowl—then I just covered and refrigerated. Easy peasy. I decided to make the variation with paneer as I had never cooked with it, and I’m so glad I tried. It was delicious, and the cheese made the dish heartier.
The variation, palak paneer, is one of my favorites when eating at an Indian restaurant, so I was very excited to give this a try. I was really pleased at how easy it is to prepare and absolutely beautiful to serve. The results of the "wilting" are immediate and present a lovely, dark green color. Overall this was easy to prepare, delicious, and beautiful.