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Dairy Free Palak Paneer

My dairy free Palak Paneer recipe is also vegan, gluten free and and nightshade free. If you love tasty Indian comfort food, this is the dish for you!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Non-active time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 364kcal
Author: Allison Jones


  • 750 g (just over 1.5 lb) firm or extra firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large brown/yellow onion
  • 6 med-large garlic cloves
  • 5 cm (2 inch) piece ginger
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garam masala
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cooking salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ¾ cup vegetable stock, water or chicken stock (not vegan)
  • cup coconut cream or full fat coconut milk
  • 500 grams (1 lb.) frozen chopped spinach
  • 6 teaspoons gluten free white miso paste any kind
  • lemon juice


  • Defrost the spinach at least a few hours before making this recipe.
  • Drain the tofu, then wrap in a double or triple layer of paper towel. Place on a baking sheet and then place a heavy pan on top for an hour. This will remove most of the moisture.
  • Cut the tofu so that you have 4 wide, flat pieces. Heat a pan on medium heat with 1 tablespoon of the oil, then brown the tofu on both sides until golden brown. This will take around 10 minutes - keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn.
  • While the tofu is browning, prepare the garlic, onion and ginger. Peel and mince the garlic. Dice the onion. Peel and grate the ginger.
  • Once the tofu is done, set it aside. Heat the remaining oil in the pan on medium-low heat and add the onion to sweat for 5 minutes. Then add the spices, salt and pepper and mix for a minute. Finally, add the garlic and ginger and stir for another minute. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • In this order, add to the blender: stock, generous squeeze of lemon juice, coconut cream, spinach, miso paste, onion mixture. Blend for a few minutes until smooth.
  • Chop the tofu in to bite sized pieces. Add the sauce to the pan, heat until hot and then add in the tofu. Taste the final dish and season with extra salt if needed (often this depends on how much salt is in your miso paste).
  • Serve immediately. Can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for a month.


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Sodium: 610mg | Sugar: 10g | Fiber: 10g | Potassium: 842mg | Calories: 364kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Fat: 21g | Protein: 22g | Carbohydrates: 25g