Priya Krishna's Spinach and Feta Cooked Like Saag Paneer

// Priya Krishna's Spinach and Feta Cooked Like Saag Paneer

Prep Time

5 min

Cook Time

4 mins

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Priya's update (mom-approved, of course) to the Indian staple saag paneer replaces paneer with cubed feta. As Priya says, "I love the way the feta gets all soft and pseudo-baked, soaking in all the spices and melting a little into the gravy." Our microwave-friendly adaption is aromatic, melty, and lusciously rich, just as Priya intended. This recipe was adapted from Priya's cookbook, Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family.

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Vegetables, Cheese, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, feta, Indian, keto, Priya Krishna, Deep Dish, Spinach Vegetables

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • 3 tablespoons ghee or olive oil (divided)
  • ½ tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 green cardamom pod, or ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ small yellow onion, cut into ½ inch pieces (60g)
  • ½ tablespoon roughly chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 8 oz fresh baby spinach (5-6 cups)
  • ¼ tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ small Indian green chili or serrano chili, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon (kosher) salt
  • cup (25ml) water
  • ¼ cup (3oz) feta cheese cut into ½ inch cubes
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • teaspoon red chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon asafetida (optional)


  1. Add 2 tbsp (¼ cup for large portion) of ghee or oil into the Anyday and melt uncovered in the microwave for 30 seconds, or until fully melted.
  2. Add the coriander seeds, cardamom pods, onion, garlic, ginger, and green chile into the Anyday, then stir to combine and cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  3. Cook in the microwave for  2-3 minutes, or until the onion begins to soften.
  4. Add as much spinach as you can fit (really pack it in since it will cook down!). Cover and cook for 1 minute. Pack more spinach in, and cook again for 1 minute. Repeat adding and cooking until all spinach is partially cooked and wilted.
  5. Stir in the lime juice and salt, then using an immersion blender or blender, puree the mixture to form a paste.
  6. Stir in the water and gently fold in the feta cheese, making sure not to break up the cubes. Cover and cook for  2-3 minutes, or until the feta has slightly softened and has absorbed some of the spinach sauce. Set aside while you make the spiced oil.
  7. Place the remaining 2 tablespoons of ghee and cumin seeds into a small microwave-safe dish, and cook for 1 minute or until the seeds begin to sputter and brown. Stir in the chili powder and asafetida (if using).
  8. Pour the aromatic ghee over the mixture of spinach and feta and enjoy.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • When shopping for feta, look for Greek feta in brine. This adaptation was inspired by a Krishna family trip to Greece!

Recipe notes

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  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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