How to Make Spinach Puree | Homemade Palak Puree

Learn the basic cooking skill of how to make spinach puree at home with easy step by step instructions. Detailed recipe + Tips to use the puree for easy everyday meals.

How to Make Spinach Puree | Homemade Palak Puree

If you have always wondered why Spinach dishes in restaurants look “gorgeous green” in colour, then today’s detailed recipe on How to Make Spinach Puree at home is just what you need.

I am sure you must be tempted looking at pictures of spinach recipes that are vibrant green in colour and wonder why your palak paneer does not look like “restaurant style”.

The answer to the question is simple – Learning the basic cooking technique of blanching spinach leaves!

Overcooked leafy vegetables lack both colour and nutrition. Blanching technique prevents overcooking spinach leaves and helps retain its colour.

If you feel that the process of making the home made puree is quite a difficult task, then let me tell you that it should take you just about 20 to 30 minutes to bulk cook and store this in your refrigerator.

This basic cooking tip is also useful when you have excess spinach in your refrigerator and you are not sure of what you want to cook but do not want your produce to go waste. Blanching and Pureeing the Spinach is your best bet!

Blanching the spinach and making the puree at home is super convenient especially if you follow a meal plan at home, just like me. Once in a week (mostly weekends), I prep all the vegetables, blanch and puree spinach and stock them to use throughout the week.

I cannot tell you what a life saver such meal preps can be. It saves you from the morning rush and helps you stay on track with eating healthy and home cooked meals.

Last month, I shared Palak Khichdi or Spinach Khichdi recipe wherein I added the home made palak puree to the cooked rice and lentils.

Few readers sent me messages saying that their puree never looks green and that I should share few tips. I documented the entire process on a Sunday morning, also the day I start my meal planning for the week.

Before we begin the detailed recipe, let me share some key points below.

  • Wrap your leafy vegetables in paper bags for long shelf life even in refrigerator.
  • Soak your leafy greens in water for couple of minutes before washing them under running tap water. This process helps getting rid of mud particles which are stuck to the leaves and saving some water as well.
  • Do not wash spinach unless you are ready to cook (or in this case, blanch). This is applicable to all leafy vegetables. Keeping them dry increases their shelf life (even in the refrigerator).
  • Once you wash the spinach, cook it as fast as possible.
  • For the puree, some amount of the stems have been used. They are the tender ones attached to the leaf. The thick ones can be discarded or used as compost.

HOW TO MAKE SPINACH PUREE – STEP BY STEP RECIPE

Clean your spinach leaves bundle or bunch and chop / discard the thick stems.

Spinach Leaves

Roughly chop the leaves. Soak / Wash / Rinse it well under running tap water. Drain the water.

Spinach leaves

Heat atleast 10 cups of water in a large vessel.

Heating water in a vessel

Once it reaches a boil, add the roughly chopped spinach leaves.

Blanching the spinach

After about a minute, the spinach would change its colour to dark green.

Blanching the spinach

In a bowl add ice cubes and pour cold water (around 5 to 6 cups) and keep ready.

Ice cubes

Drain the cooked spinach in a colander.

Draining the cooked spinach

Quickly add the drained spinach in the ice cold water. This will prevent the spinach from cooking and will help you retain that green colour.

Once the spinach is drained, immediately transfer it to ice cold water using a pair of tongs.

Note – This process should be completed within seconds so keep a bowl of ice water ready as soon as the spinach is added to hot water.

Shocking the spinach leaves by adding to cold water

Notice the green colour of the spinach as the cooking has stopped.

palak submerged in ice cold water to retain green colour

After a minute or so, drain the water and add the spinach to a mixer grinder jar.

Grinding the cooked spinach leaves

Blend into thick puree. Do not add any water or salt.

The spinach puree is ready to be stored in the refrigerator or frozen for future use.

palak puree ready to use

DO NOT DISCARD THE WATER USED FOR BLANCHING THE SPINACH. Cool the water and use it to water your plants.

This method (blanching and pureeing) not only saves time but helps you achieve that restaurant style spinach gravy recipes with ease.

The whole process from adding the spinach leaves to the hot water and blanching them in the cold water should be done in just 4 minutes.

Please note that the spinach puree made from blanching is used in gravies, parathas etc so it will cook further, which is why it is important not to overcook it.

Also, if you are wondering “How to Use the Spinach puree?”, here are some of the ideas that will help you use up the puree easily.

HOW TO USE SPINACH PUREE FOR RECIPES

Spinach Paratha – The most common breakfast or brunch, especially during winters. They are the best way to make kids eat leafy vegetables, in my opinion.

The Spinach Parathas double up as WRAPS so you can make extra parathas and then refrigerate it to use the next day.

Add it to Idli, Dosa or paniyaram Batter. You can also stuff the dosa with some grated paneer to make it like a palak paneer dosa. Ideal for kids tiffin box.

With spinach puree in the refrigerator, making palak paneer is a matter of 20 minutes (using store bought paneer, of course).

Spinach Paneer Corn Grilled Sandwiches – Your kids will go crazy with this combo. I always keep extra stuffing to make wraps the next day.

Hara Bhara Kabab – One of the best starters or Indian appetizer recipe made with spinach, peas and potatoes.

You can make a quick SOUP by adjusting the consistency with some stock / water, adding milk or cream.

If you have toddlers at home, palak puree can be given as solid food.

HOW LONG DOES THE PALAK PUREE LAST?

  • In the refrigerator for 10 days and in the freezer up to 2 months.
  • After a week or so, you will notice the top layer of the puree will be darker than the bottom part. Just mix well before using. That’s it!
  • In summers, when Mumbai city is very hot and humid, I chuck the entire batch of puree in my freezer.
  • Use clean dry spoon to scoop out the puree from the container.
  • I prefer storing the puree in a glass container with a tight lid.
  • Tip – Freeze puree in small batches. You will end up thawing only what you need instead of the whole batch.
  • I freeze 1 cup and 1/2 cup separately to use accordingly for recipes at home.
How to Make Spinach Puree | Homemade Palak Puree

How to Make Spinach Puree | Homemade Palak Puree

Vidya Narayan
Step-wise instructions on how to make spinach puree at home. Easy palak puree recipe for making restaurant style palak paneer and many other recipes.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 cups

Equipment

  • Mixer Grinder

Ingredients
  

  • 2 nos Spinach Leaves 2 bundles of spinach leaves approximately weighing 300 gms each
  • 15 cups Water
  • 15 nos Ice Cubes

Instructions
 

Prepping the Spinach

  • Clean your spinach leaves bundle or bunch and chop / discard the thick stems.
  • Roughly chop the leaves. Soak / Wash / Rinse it well under running tap water. Drain the water.

How to Blanch Spinach

  • Heat atleast 10 cups of water in a large vessel.
  • Once it reaches a boil, add the roughly chopped spinach leaves.
  • After about a minute, the spinach would change its colour to dark green.
  • In a bowl add ice cubes and pour cold water (around 5 to 6 cups) and keep ready.
  • Drain the cooked spinach in a colander.
  • Quickly add the drained spinach in the ice cold water using a pair of tongs.
    Note – This process should be completed within seconds so keep a bowl of ice water ready as soon as the spinach is added to hot water. his will prevent the spinach from cooking and will help you retain that green colour.

Making the Spinach Puree

  • After a minute or so, drain the water and add the spinach to a mixer grinder jar.
  • Blend into thick puree. Do not add any water or salt.
  • The spinach puree is ready to be stored in the refrigerator or frozen for future use.

Notes

  • DO NOT DISCARD THE WATER USED FOR BLANCHING THE SPINACH. Cool the water and use it to water your plants.
  • Wrap your leafy vegetables in paper bags for long shelf life even in refrigerator.
  • Soak your leafy greens in water for couple of minutes before washing them under running tap water. This process helps getting rid of mud particles which are stuck to the leaves and saving some water as well.
  • Do not wash spinach unless you are ready to cook (or in this case, blanch)
  • Once you wash the spinach, cook it as fast as possible.
  • For the puree, some amount of the stems have been used. They are the tender ones attached to the leaf. The thick ones can be discarded (compost).
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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

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