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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Whole, White Potatoes in Spinach Gravy / Aloo Palak

Whole potatoes in spinach gravy

Saag Aloo / Aloo Palak - The nutritious, vegetarian preparation of chunky, diced potatoes in spinach gravy, is a Punjabi speciality. This spicy blend of creamy spinach and potato goes well with Indian rotis / tortillas. Once you taste this delicious stuff, you sure would be craving for more.
I have chosen to use whole potatoes in the dish instead of using diced ones. Also, frozen spinach can be used instead of fresh ones. The preparation is quite a simple one, though the ingredients list is longer.

Ingredients needed to serve at least 6 people:
Small sized white potatoes - 12
Chopped & cooked spinach - 1 cup
Chopped Onion - 1 cup
Chopped tomato - 1 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Chillie powder - 1 tsp
Salt - Accordingly
Grated ginger - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - Few pinches
Oil - 2 Tbsp
(Also add garlic, if you like)

Another look at saag aloo

Cooking Part:
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds and asafoetida. When cumin seeds start to turn brown, add grated ginger, onion and turmeric powder. Lower the flame and fry the onions till they turn brown. Then add tomatoes and cook till they are done. Add chillie powder, cumin and coriander powders to the pan and fry for a couple of minutes.
Mean while peel the potatoes and cook them in a pressure cooker with sufficient water till you hear one whistle. If not using a cooker, cook them till they are fork tender. Do not throw away the water used to cook the potatoes.
Puree the cooked spinach using water (used to cook potatoes), as required.
Add the spinach puree, cooked potatoes and the required amount of salt to the onion - tomato mixture. Add some water if needed. Let the mixture simmer on low flame for about five minutes. Turn off the stove.
Serve with rotis / pooris / tortillas.

Saag Aloo with wheat tortillas

'Whole, White Potatoes in Spinach Gravy' - My 'W' entry for Nupur's A- Z Indian Vegetable Series.

'Saag Aloo' - My entry for (Lakshmi's) RCI - Punjabi event, hosted by Richa of 'As dear as Salt'

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wheatgerm said...

now this looks good

Jyothi said...

Hey this looks yummy and delicious. Great Entry too...

Suganya said...

That looks wicked tasty. Great one!

bee said...

suma, that looks superb. i've missed your posts.

Deepa said...

this is so tasty and yummy ...perfect entries for both ....pics are great .....

Roopa said...

Clever lady whole white ha ha :). it looks just too fabulous.

Arts said...

Now now.. Hubby dear just demanded a palak vegetable and here u have a nice one.. looks so tempting.. thx for sharing :)
Btw, even i have "whole" for W..

Richa said...

looks awesome!
palak & baby alu make such a lovely combo :)

Vcuisine said...

This absolutely divine Suma. Viji

Sharmi said...

thats a great recipe. looks so good and nice entry.

Seema Bhat said...

Loved the idea of putting whole baby potatoes in the palak gravy. Looks fabulous.

Priyanka said...

this dish is mouthwateringly yummm.... am definitely going to try it

Saju said...

looks really tempting!

Nupur said...

Mmm...thanks for a wonderful entry, Suma! The round-up has been posted.

Anonymous said...

malvika said.....ive been cooking for a yr now hope to get a good approval frm hubby tks im trying it right away