Instant Pot Saag Paneer

Serves 4. Prep time 15 minutes, cooking time 35 minutes.
Saag vindaloo naan plated


  • 2 lb spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 lb mustard leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 12 oz paneer, cut into small cubes
    Note: Whole Foods sells uncooked paneer
Saag spinach

Spice Mix

  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1½ tsp cumin
  • 1½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp black pepper
Saag spices


  1. Press the "Sauté" button on the Instant Pot and wait until the display indicates the insert is heated (it’ll say "On").
  2. Add the butter. Once melted, add the onions, garlic, and ginger. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the Spice Mix and add the spinach and mustard leaves. Cook until slightly wilted.
    Saag cooking early
  4. Press "Keep Warm/Cancel" button.
  5. Set the pressure cooker:
    1. Close and lock the lid.
    2. Make sure the steam vent is in the "Sealing" position.
    3. Press "Poultry" to cook for 15 minutes.
  6. After the Instant Pot is done cooking, allow the pressure to naturally release (about 15 minutes).
    Saag cooking later
  7. Pour contents of the Instant Pot into a blender and pulse to desired consistency.
  8. Stir in yogurt and paneer, and "Sauté" on low for 5 minutes.
    Saag saute

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