Aloo Palak

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Aloo Palak

I have so many potato recipes on the blog and I have so many spinach recipes on the blog too and so it was about time I shared a recipe which had both – potato (aloo) and spinach (palak). The thing with potato is that it’s added to a lot of Indian curries and gravies. I think we have this habit of adding potatoes to anything and everything. You add it to cauliflower, you get aloo gobhi. You add it to beans you get aloo beans and you add it to spinach you get aloo palak!

Aloo Palak Recipe

Now aloo palak can be made in a number of ways. I also make it in several ways, sometimes I add water to the spinach and make it like a curry and then add potatoes to it. The version I’m sharing today is one of my favorite and also the easiest. It comes together quickly and what I like most about this recipe is that it uses some very simple spices and ingredients.

This recipe in a way is a reflection of what I grew up eating. Yes such simple sabzi like this aloo palak, dal and roti used to be my lunch and dinner every single day and trust me I would take it over the other fancy stuff any day! It’s vegan, it’s healthy and it’s delicious. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

 

Method

Wash the spinach leaves and transfer to a pan on medium heat.

In 1-2 minutes, the spinach will wilt. There’s no need to add any water to the pan as spinach already has lot of moisture in it.

Remove the wilted spinach from the pan and transfer to cold water immediately (this helps in retaining the green spinach color). Drain and squeeze out the water from the spinach. Chop the spinach finely and set aside.

Aloo Palak Recipe-Step-1

To a pan on medium heat, add 2 teaspoons of oil. Once the oil is hot, add chopped garlic and whole dry red chilies. Saute for 1 minute till the garlic starts to turn brown.

Add chopped onion and saute for 2 minutes or till the raw smell goes away.

Now add the cubed potatoes and mix.

Aloo Palak Recipe-Step-2

Add all the dry spices – coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric powder and cumin powder. Also add the salt.

Add 1-2 tablespoons water (so that the potatoes don’t burn) and cover the pan. Let the potatoes cook on medium heat for 5-6 minutes.

Open the pan and add the chopped spinach and mix. Cover the pan again and cook for another 3-4 minutes or till potatoes are done. You might need to sprinkle little water in between to ensure the potatoes don’t get stuck to the pan.

Aloo Palak Recipe-Step-3

Finally, squeeze in some fresh lemon juice, sprinkle garam masala on top and serve aloo palak immediately with any bread of your choice!

Aloo Palak

* To make this spicier, break all the dry red chilies before adding it to the oil. I broke only 1 and added rest as such.

Aloo Palak

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Serves: 2-3

Aloo Palak is a flavorful and healthy vegan dish where spinach & potatoes are cooked with simple ingredients and spices. Tastes best with Indian flatbreads like roti and paratha.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb baby spinach
  • 2 potatoes, medium, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, big, chopped
  • 3-4 dry red chilies [1 broken, rest as such]
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala, some more to sprinkle
  • juice of half lemon
  • salt, to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. Wash the spinach leaves and transfer to a pan on medium heat.
  2. In 1-2 minutes, the spinach will wilt. There's no need to add any water to the pan as spinach already has lot of moisture in it.
  3. Remove the wilted spinach from the pan and transfer to cold water immediately (this helps in retaining the green spinach color).
  4. Drain and squeeze out the water from the spinach. Chop the spinach finely and set aside.
  5. To a pan on medium heat, add 2 teaspoons of oil.
  6. Once the oil is hot, add chopped garlic and whole dry red chilies. Saute for 1 minute till the garlic starts to turn brown.
  7. Add chopped onion and saute for 2 minutes or till the raw smell goes away.
  8. Now add the cubed potatoes and mix.
  9. Add all the dry spices - coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric powder and cumin powder. Also add the salt.
  10. Add 1-2 tablespoons water (so that the potatoes don't burn) and cover the pan. Let the potatoes cook on medium heat for 5-6 minutes.
  11. Open the pan and add the chopped spinach and mix.
  12. Cover the pan again and cook for another 3-4 minutes or till potatoes are done. You might need to sprinkle little water in between to ensure the potatoes don't get stuck to the pan.
  13. Finally, squeeze in some fresh lemon juice, sprinkle garam masala on top and serve aloo palak immediately with any bread of your choice!

 

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