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Sunday Slow Cooker:  Saag Paneer

A couple of weeks back I included this Healthy Saag Paneer recipe in the vegetarian meal plans and after getting some really positive responses it seemed like the perfect thing to share this weekend. Packed with vegetables, fiber, and protein, this delicious Indian dish made primarily with spinach is a great vegetarian meal. It also tastes delicious over chicken or beef if you want to a meat friendly option. Have leftovers? Serve on flatbread to make an Indian inspired pizza.

Sunday Slow Cooker: Healthy Saag Paneer
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 192.9 calories, 12.1g of fat, 10.5g of carbohydrates, 4.4g of fiber, 13.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *


  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp. minced ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp. garam masala
  • 1 tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 14 oz. light coconut milk
  • 3 10 oz. boxes of spinach, thawed
  • 9 oz. bag fresh baby spinach
  • 12 oz. paneer cheese, halloumi cheese, or firm tofu, chopped into cubes


  1. Add everything to the slow cooker except for the fresh spinach and paneer cheese.
  2. Cook on low for 3 hours.
  3. Open and add the fresh spinach. Cook for 1 more hour.
  4. Blend everything using an immersion blender or blending batches. Make sure not to over blend, just pulse a few times to thicken. Return to the slow cooker.
  5. Add the cheese (or tofu) and cook for 1 more hour. Serve over quinoa, rice, or with Naan.

Recipe from Healthy Girls Kitchen

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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9 Response to Sunday Slow Cooker: Saag Paneer

  1. Judee@ Gluten Free A-Z on June 9, 2013

    I love Indian food but have been intimidated to try to make it. This looks easy and delicious. Can’t wait to try it..

  2. Eileen on September 16, 2013

    How blended was it supposed to be? I threw it in the cuisenart and it came out like baby food. I’ve eaten this in Indian restaurants and I don’t remember it being the consistency of baby food. Where did I go wrong?

  3. Erin on January 12, 2015

    Dude….This. Is AWESOME!
    No ingredient changes, but did the whole thing in my dutch oven on the stove top in about 45mins.

  4. Vanessa on March 1, 2015

    How big of a bag of spinach? Costco size or grocery store size?

  5. Jason on May 20, 2015

    Ugghh, turned out horrible. Did not taste like saag paneer and was like baby food.

    • Kristen on May 20, 2015

      Hey Jason – I am so sorry to hear this didn’t work out for you. I have made it various times and not had the same problem but I am going to add a note to the recipe about blending to hopefully help folks in the future.

  6. Erin on July 4, 2015

    Wjen you say tomato sauce do you mean ketchup or pasata?
    In Australia tomato sauce is ketchup!!

    • Kristen on July 6, 2015

      Canned tomato sauce, not ketchup :)

  7. Elle Rezende on July 15, 2015

    This sounds so yummy and simple to make. I want to make it right now! Definitely going to give this a try : )


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