Keto Indian Saag Paneer Recipe

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

Indian Saag Paneer

We love Indian food, but a lot of Indian dishes have rice and bread. We made a delicious alternative that’s completely keto-friendly, so we could still enjoy the Indian cuisine we love so much. Instead of traditional rice, we’re using cauliflower rice. This keto-friendly recipe is our version of saag paneer, and it’s made with spinach. You can also add fenugreek and mustard greens to make this recipe a little bit more traditional.

If you have a susceptibility to kidney stones, spinach can potentially increase the risk of kidney stones. But, when you add cheese to spinach, like in this recipe, it can help counter that problem.

The spices in Indian recipes make the dishes so unique and flavorful. You won’t even notice the cauliflower substitute because it goes so perfectly with this recipe. This keto recipe is healthy and delicious, and we think you’re going to love it.


8-10 cups of baby spinach 

2 tablespoons Ghee or unsalted butter 

8 oz Paneer cheese, cubed to 1/2 inch cubes

1 1/2 white onion 

1 green chili, finely chopped

1 tablespoon grated ginger 

3 garlic cloves, chopped 

1/2 teaspoon turmeric 

1 tablespoon garam marsala 

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 

1/4 teaspoon ground fenugreek 

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 

Cauliflower rice with chopped cilantro for serving


  1. Wilt spinach in a pan with a cover on for 2 minutes, and drain in a colander for 10 minutes, with additional dabbing with a paper towel to ensure all liquid is removed. 
  2. Add cubed cheese to a heat-proof bowl and cover with hot water, leave soaking while preparing the rest of the recipe. 
  3. Toast cumin seeds in ghee in a pan over medium-low heat for a minute
  4. Add onions, chili, garlic, ginger, and salt 
  5. Once onions are slightly translucent (about 3-4 minutes), add garam marsala, turmeric, and fenugreek and combine well. 
  6. Drain cheese from the water and add to the pan, with the spinach 
  7. Add cream and simmer on low for 7-10 minutes, mixing so that all of the ingredients are well incorporated 
  8. Serve with cauliflower rice with chopped cilantro 


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