Saag Paneer

Emily’s Rating Chris’s Rating
8.5 / 10 8 / 10

Our foray into Indian food has so far been a success – 2 for 2. This was pretty delicious and a lot of fun to make. Emily liked it a little more than the Tika Masala – I liked it probably slightly less. Either way, we really liked both of these dishes. And making your own cheese is prettttty prettty fun as you will see below.


After boiling the milk, adding buttermilk and salt, and then draining out the liquid, we put a heavy Dutch oven on top of the cheese to form the Paneer


Our milk has actually turned into cheese!

Chopped Paneer

Chopped it up. Next time, Em wants us to chop it up into smaller pieces

Almost there

Almost there…



Will definitely make this again. Next time, we will make it much more spicy.

Dish Saag Paneer
Recipe Source Cook’s Illustrated
Difficulty 8 / 10 – Not particularly hard, but lots of steps. You make your own cheese, you make the sauce, you cook Basmati rice. But it was really fun to make.
Time to Complete ~2.5 hours
Sides Served Basmati Rice. Could do naan as well next time
Leftovers? Yep – easily serves 4; probably more like 5-6
Lessons Learned Making cheese isn’t too hard…
Any Recipe Deviations? Nope
Make Again? Absolutely
Changes Next Time? Make it spicier. This dish was not spicy at all – I think we could add in other types of peppers and/or increase the number of jalapeños (only 1 in this).
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