Saturday, April 16, 2011

Aloo Palak (Spinach with Potatoes)

This simple dish tastes great with hot Chapatis (Indian flatbread) or Parathas (pan-fried Indian flatbread).


  • 4 cups chopped spinach leaves
  • 1 large potato peeled and diced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 small tomato chopped
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 1tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder (lal mirch)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • salt to taste
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 pinch asafetida (hing)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil/ghee


  • Heat oil in a pan and fry potatoes till light brown. Drain the potatoes, keep aside.
  • In the same hot oil add the cumin seeds. When cumin seeds stop spluttering, add the onions and fry till light brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and the tomato and further fry for two minutes.
  • Add red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt and fry till oil separates.
  • Add spinach and fried potatoes. Cook on medium flame till potatoes are tender. Add lemon juice.
  • Just before serving heat butter in a small saucepan and add the asafetida. Pour over the vegetable and mix gently.
  • Serve hot as a side dish with Poori or Roti or Paratha.

Do You Know?

Spinach is low in calories, but high in oxalates. Therefore it shouldn't be eaten more than twice a week.

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