November 08, 2006

ALOO PALAK MASALA(BABY POTATOES IN SPINACH GRAVY)


This is my version of the very popular Aloo Palak.I made this once when I had nothing except some spinach and a few baby potatoes at home.I have used frozen spinach just because that is what I have on hand.You can use fresh spinach.

Ingredients:250 grams of frozen spinach/1 big bunch fresh spinach.

8 baby potatoes

1 tsp Garam masala

1 tsp Amchur powder

2 tsp Red Chilli Powder

1tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp dhaniya/jeera powder(equal proportions)

For paste: 1 medium onion

1 big clove garlic

1 inch piece ginger

Method: Chop the onion,ginger and garlic coarsely and fry in a few teaspoons of oil until brown and cooked.Cool,grind into paste and keep aside.

Boil the baby potatoes until soft and peel them.

In a thick bottomed,wide-based pan,heat 2 teaspoons oil and put the peeled baby potatoes in it.Fry on medium heat until the potatoes are lightly browned.Now,add the amchur,garam masala,and dhaniya jeera powder to the potatoes.Let it saute for 2 mins,then add the frozen spinach.You need not thaw it before using.I added frozen spinach directly to the pan.If you are using fresh spinach,just wash and chop it finely.Then add it to the potatoes.

Now put a lid on the pan and let cook until the spinach has cooked.This will take about 5 mins.

Now take off the lid and add salt and chilli powder.Let it cook for sometime.Add the onion paste,mix well.Add 1/2 cup water if the curry becomes too dry.

Garnish with chopped coriander and slices of lemon, and serve hot with parathas.

Yield:This makes enough curry for two persons.

16 comments:

Foodie's Hope said...

Love it, Vini!! So healthy and diff textures too. Great for cold day with warm parathas!YUM!!:))

Anonymous said...

Looks D-lish! What is amchur and dhaniya?

Nadia

Anonymous said...

Ah...comfort food...nothing beats aloo-palak. I love this stuff. One thing I do different is I add grated garlic towards the end. It gives it a wonderful flavor..and when I can, I add the green garlic-chives. try that sometime and taste the diference!

Vini K said...

Asha,it is great for winters....

Nadia,dhaniya is coriander seeds,jeera is cumin seeds and amchur is dried mango powder.All these are available in Indian/asian grocery stores.I will remember to give the english name as well for all the spices that I use so that you won't have any difficulty.

Trupti,I will definitely try your version.I like the flavour of fresh grated garlic but unfortunately hubby does not share the same enthu,so have to make it this way,but I am going to try your version soon ..who knows,his preferences may change!:-)

Anonymous said...

hey vini...
u know what just few days before i had cooked aloo palak and was bit lazy to post it in my blog:) will post my version of aloo palak and try ur version next time:)
cheers
supriya

Pavani said...

I love anything made with spinach and alu.. Your aloo-palak look so delicious.. will definitely try this out soon.

Anonymous said...

oh vini... aloo palak looks really nice... i have cooked it sometime back and havent posted it in my blog... gonna do it soon after seeing ur recipe:)
cheers
supriya

Lakshmi said...

one of my favorites, looks delicious

Lakshmi said...

one of my favorites, looks delicious

Pooja said...

it looks great.... wish I could grab a Bit just Now..........:D .
I have added you to my blogroll, i hope you will have no problem with that. thanks for posting your comment on my blog, Otherwise i could have not come to know such a good blog of yours. :)

-Pooja

Indira said...

Hi Vini, classic combo, like it!

Thanks for your wonderful comment on Mahanandi. About your question, I have already added your blog to my list, so no need to submit the URL and tag line is usually the line below the blog name (ex: "A Peek into My Kitchen" for your blog).

Meeta said...

Wonderfull combination. I am normally a fan of palak paneer - but this is a super alternative without the hassles of making paneer first.

Meeta

Vini K said...

Hi Meeta,thanks for visiting my blog.Yes,this is easier. and a good use for the baby potatoes!:-)

best wishes

Vini

Linda said...

Hi Vini, I found your blog when I was browsing for aloo palak recipes... wanted to tell you thanks for inspiring me to make this. You have alot of great recipes I need to read!

Best wishes from Massachusetts :)

Vini K said...

Hi Linda,thanks for the compliment.I would never have known you had you not posted here!keepp visiting.

Anjali said...

Hi Vini how have you been? Here after really long. Let me see what I have been missing. Happy New Year to you.