Known in most curry houses in the UK as a classic vegetable vegan side dish, Saag Aloo remains a firm favourite. Two quite ordinary ingredients, spinach and potatoes are married together with a blend of fragrant spices to create something delicious!
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Recipe by Hayley Dhanecha
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
- 1kg fresh spinach
- 500g baby potatoes
- 5 TBSP oil
- 1 TBSP panch phoran
- 1 TBSP whole spices (green cardamom, bay leaf, cinnamon)
- 1 big finely chopped onion
- 2 TSP. ginger-garlic puree
- 1 TBSP kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
- 1 TSP turmeric powder
- 1 TSP garam masala
- 1 TBSP kashmiri red chilli powder
- 5-6 TBSP blended tinned tomatoes*
- 2 big fresh tomato roughly chopped into big chunks
- 1 TSP lemon or lime juice
- 1 TSP sugar
- Salt to taste
- In a large pot add water, salt, and little turmeric powder.
- Add potatoes and cook it till 70% done.
- Remove it and let it cool a little, peel the skin and leave it aside.
- Discard the water, rinse the pan and add more water to it.
- Add a pinch of sugar and bring it to boil, add spinach.
- Blanch the spinach for a couple of minutes.
- Remove the spinach and add it to the ice-cold water.
- Squeeze out all the water and keep the spinach aside.
- In a saute pan, heat oil.
- Add whole spices and panch phoran.
- Once they crackle add chopped onion.
- Saute the onion till it’s translucent.
- Add the ginger-garlic paste and keep cooking and stirring the mixture.
- Now add kasoori methi, and ground masala (turmeric, red chilli powder and garam masala) along with salt.
- If masala sticks to the pan, add a couple of spoons of water.
- Add blended tomatoes and keep cooking the mixture.
- Turn the heat to high and keep stirring the mixture, until you see oil separating the pan.
- Add squeezed spinach and parboiled potatoes, mix everything but make sure not to break the potatoes.
- Sprinkle some water and let the curry cook.
- Turn the heat to medium and add fresh tomatoes.
- Let the curry cook for another 3-4 minutes, add lemon juice and mix well.
- Sprinkle some water to prevent sticking the curry to the pan.
- Cook another 4-5 minutes on high heat.
- Add sugar, mix and turn off the heat.
- Serve hot.
If you are using a concentrated tomato puree instead of tinned tomatoes, use ONLY 2 TBSP and add 5 TBSP water to it.