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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Saag Aloo / Aloo Palak ~ Potatoes in Spinach Gravy

 (This was originally posted on 6/30/2007.)

Saag Aloo / Aloo Palak is a tasty curry of chunky, diced potatoes in spinach gravy. This nutritious and vegetarian preparation is a Punjab specialty. This spicy and flavorful blend of creamy spinach and potato goes well with Indian rotis / tortillas. 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: (6 servings) 
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. grated ginger / ginger paste
1/2 tsp. garlic paste (I didn't use any.)
2 pinches of asafoetida
12 small sized white potatoes / baby potatoes - 12
1 cup chopped cooked spinach 
1 cup chopped onion 
1 cup chopped tomato
1/8 tsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. coriander powder
1/2 tsp. cumin powder 
1/2 tsp. chili powder or to taste
Salt to taste

* Peel the potatoes and cook them in a pressure cooker with sufficient water for one whistle. If not using a cooker, cook them in water until they are fork tender. Keep them aside. Do not throw away the water used to cook the potatoes.
* Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.When cumin seeds start to turn brown, add grated ginger and garlic if using. Saute for few seconds and add asafoetida and turmeric. 
* Add onion next, lower the heat setting and fry the onions till they turn brown. Then add tomatoes and cook until they are mushy. Add chili powder, cumin and coriander powders to the pan and fry for a minute.
* Puree the cooked spinach using water that was used to boil potatoes.
* 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.

This post is an entry for Blogging Marathon with the theme 'Pick one vegetable and Cook three ways - Potato' Series. Check the link to find out what other marathoners are cooking.



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

Harini R said...

Interesting one. I make palak paneer similarly. I am sure my family will love the aloo version :)