Palak makhana

By      17-Oct 2019       Reading Time: 3 Mins

Palak makhana

Palak makhana is basically North Indian gravy which is a twist to regular palak paneer dish. It is made with roasted makhana blended in creamy palak gravy. This dish is healthy, nutritious and a good pick for the dinner to be served with ajwain paratha.

Nutritional Benefits

Spinach is an enormously healthy vegetable which is rich in minerals, vitamins and dietary fibres. It enhances energy, improves eyesight, possesses neurological benefits, strengthens muscles, aids in digestion and reduces inflammation. Also, makhana are rich with goodness of protein, potassium, fibre, phosphorus, carbohydrate, magnesium, iron and zinc. Makhanas offer low calories and it’s perfect to boost one’s energy during day long fast.


  • 50 grams spinach leaves (palak)
  • 1 diced tomato
  • 20 grams cup makhana
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 millilitre milk
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • Salt as required
  • Nutrition Info
  • Amount
  • Calories
  • 164 kcal
  • Carbs
  • 27.1 grams
  • Protein
  • 4.9 grams
  • Fats
  • 4.2 grams

Course: Dinner

Recommended For: Better digestion


  • First, wash the spinach thoroughly under running water and then cook it in a pressure cooker by adding little bit of turmeric powder, cumin seeds and green chillies. Wait for 2 whistles.
  • After 2 whistles, let it cool down then blend it into a paste and keep it aside.
  • Now, take a pan and roast makhanas in ghee on a flat-bottomed non-stick pan.
  • Once done, remove the makhana and in the same pan add ghee and let the cumin seeds crackle, then add onions, cook till golden brown and then add the tomatoes.
  • Once the mixture starts leaving oil, add all the spices.
  • Now, add little water and let it simmer for about 2 minutes and add blended spinach mixture along with milk and simmer it for nearly 3 minutes.
  • Finally, add the makhana and wait till a boil.
  • Once cooked, serve hot with ajwain paratha.

Over to you

Palak makhana recipe is easy to make and apt for the dinner cravings. You can pair this delectable dish with chapattis as well along with vegetable raita for more nutritious delight.

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