17 March 2009

saag aloo

recipe by death by curry
& very tasty it is too

large bag fresh spinach, washed well
3 large floury potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
groundnut oil or ghee butter for frying
2 tsp mustard seeds
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ground coriander seed
1/4 tsp ground cardamom seed
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 tablesp grated fresh ginger
salt & black pepper

  • dry fry coriander and cardamom seeds, and blend
  • place clean spinach in a large pot.
  • add potatoes cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • lower the heat to a simmer, and cook about 12 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
  • meanwhile heat the oil or ghee in another saucepan. Add the mustard seeds and cook them until they start to pop.
  • add sliced onion and garlic and saute quickly over fairly high heat until translucent, stirring often.
  • add all the spices except salt and saute a moment more.
  • remove from heat.
  • when the potato mixture is tender, drain it in a colander over the sink.
  • reheat the onion and spice mixture, add the potato-spinach mixture, and gently stir fry. Taste and season.
  • simmer over low heat about 10 minutes, until the mixture is fairly dry and the spices have been absorbed well
see also home-made naan breads


Anne said...

I love saag aloo Gill, whenever we eat out have to order at least 2 portions for our group! Have made a few times but used wrong potatoes last time - think more mash aloo! oops! Have also done a similar dish but with lamb which you might enjoy: http://anneskitchen1.blogspot.com/2007/04/lamb-and-spinach-bhajee.html

Looks great, love the crispy looking bits mm!

Gill the Painter said...

hi Anne.
Ooops indeed. I'm a maris piper fan in most things, they seem to hold up well.

I can't get my husband interested in lamb and Indian food. Hey ho.

Anne said...

Hi Gill - my other half is finicky with Indian food, he recently declared no more 'curries', strange boy! Though admitedly we do live in a flat and the smell can linger a bit!

Thanks for the comment on new piccie, I really hate my picture being taken though, was done whilst in Amsterdam and its the least weird one! (there were a few!!) :-)

Gill the Painter said...

Just checking your piccie again.
Nope, I'm right, it's a good one.

Unknown said...

Wow - just seen this recipe! Looks amazing!! I wish I'd seen it an hour ago - I have just prepared a chicken balti and this would have been the perfect accompaniment.

I will try it soon :)


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