In 2016 my wife bought a thermomix for our kitchen. When I found a little time to myself I decided to try converting one my favourite traditional recipes. The title says Vegan Palak Paneer (vegan spinach & cottage cheese), however a more correct title is Vegan Sak Paneer (vegan greens & cheese) as it’s not just spinach greens included. To make this recipe vegan friendly I’ve used firm tofu instead of paneer, and coconut yogurt instead of sour cream. The coconut yogurt works wonderfully in this recipe, and the firm tofu is delicious if you take the time to treat it well and shallow-fry it nicely. The only other item that I modified was the use of powdered spices instead of whole spices – this suited the cooking process in the thermomix.

Anyhow, my recipe conversion worked a treat.

Palak Paneer

Vegan Palak Paneer

A delicious vegan take on one of the most popular Indian dishes
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 People


  • Thermomix


  • 1 Bunch Silver beet
  • 1 Bunch Course greens (something with a stem you can keep on)
  • 1 Bunch Fresh coriander
  • 1 Bunch Fenugreek leaves (or 5tbs of dried leaves)
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Red capsicum
  • 1 Fresh ginger (about an inch piece)
  • 5 Garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp Oil (plus some oil for frying the tofu. My preference is rice bran oil)
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp Garam masala (or your preferred spice blend)
  • ½ tsp Red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 200 grams Firm tofu
  • 150 ml Coconut yogurt (plain)


  • Place the onions and oil in the bowl. Chop 5 sec/Speed 9
  • Saute 5min/Varoma/Speed 1
  • Add the garlic and the ginger to the bowl. Chop 5 sec/Speed 9
  • Saute 2 min/Varoma/Speed 1
  • Add the tomatoes to the bowl. Chop 5 sec/Speed 9
  • Saute 3.5 min/Varoma/Speed 1
  • Add the turmeric, garam masala, chilli powder, half the sak (green leafy vegetables), green chilli, and ½tsp salt to the bowl. Saute 5 min/100/Speed 1.5
  • Add the other half of the sak. Saute 5 min/100/Speed 1.5
  • Blend 15 sec/Speed 9 (slowly increase to 9)
  • Add coconut yogurt to bowl. Saute 5 min/80/1.5 (reverse)
  • Cube the tofu and shallow-fry in oil (I fry just the top and bottom so there is still a nice white colour around the sides of the cube)
  • Slice the capsicum into strips and shallow-fry in the leftover oil
  • Poor the sak mixture into a serving bowl and stir in the tofu cubes and capsicum strips
Keyword Comfort Food, Vegan

You can serve Vegan Palak Paneer with rice or breads (chapatis, naan, etc.). I served mine (below) with mustard and turmeric rice, mango pickle, and plain papads.

Palak Paneer

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