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Sauteed Spinach with Potatoes (Alu Palak)

My day started with me jumping out of bed realizing that I would be late for a meeting with one of my freelance clients. The leisure morning beauty regime I had planned for myself earlier (read: filing my nails into shape considered somewhat normal and putting on some nail polish) had to be ditched while I settled for a quick shower. The meeting went well, lasted for a couple of hours over large cups of fabulous coffee and never-ending bites of warm buttery croissants, and ended with me bagging a couple of new assignments. That was followed by a mad dash home to vacuum and hide all the piled up papers, books and unmentionables under our bed to make the home look invitingly presentable to some last-minute guests. dirty dishes were haphazardly shoved into the dishwasher, and a sweet aromatic rosemary candle was lit. Amidst all the hoopla of trying to make my world look slightly more normal than it actually was, thoughts of food were attacking my brain cells.

Recipe for Alu Palak (Sauteed Spinach with Potatoes) taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

I usually maintain a well-stocked fridge, freezer and pantry – enough to whip up a lavish multi-course meal without heading for the nearest grocery shelves. But not today. The expected guests were close friends who’d much rather have a simple home-cooked meal than being flattered by a flambe of sorts. And I had to admit, I was almost out of breath and ready to crash when I finally entered the kitchen. It had to be a meal that was quick to prepare and didn’t require much effort from me and of course, had to look grand. The one thing about me that you might have noticed by now is my obsessive need to make the people I feed feel extra special. Most dishes I settle for while entertaining are often a breeze to pull of, but you’d never guess that by looking at the spread. And that’s exactly how I like it to be!


I put out a pack of cut-up chicken to defrost with a plan of making a quick and deliciously simple curry. I threw a few cups of fragrant Basmati rice into a pot of water with some aromatic spices for a Pulao and started to tear up crisp lettuce for a quick tossed salad. Just as the rice started to emit a faint saffron aroma and the curry bubbled under a low simmer, I realized that I was missing a vegetable side dish. I found a large bunch of spinach sitting in my fridge, right after I spotted the basket of potatoes on my counter, and I knew just what I was going to be serving – the perfect accompaniment for the spread I had intended.

ALU PALAK (SAUTEED SPINACH WITH POTATOES)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2-3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely sliced
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 large potato, sliced into thin wedges
  • salt, to taste
  • 4 large bunches of spinach, chopped

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a deep non-stick wok and saute cumin and coriander seeds with garlic and onions till fragrant. Add in spices and fry for a few seconds.
  • Throw in potatoes, season with salt and fry for a few minutes till partly done. Add in spinach, and stir fry till it starts to wilt and potatoes are cooked through. Serve warm.

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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Roopa
    May 16, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    5 stars
    Thanks on your marvellous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you will be a great author. I will make sure to bookmark your blog and come back at some point. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great posts, have a nice morning!

  • Reply
    Yamona
    April 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    5 stars
    Was super impressed at how this turned out!!

  • Reply
    Megs
    January 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    5 stars
    This was absolutely great and very easy to make, thank you for the recipe 🙂

  • Reply
    thebuddinggourmet
    September 22, 2011 at 3:22 AM

    5 stars
    it’s my one of favourite. And also it is very simple to cook. thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    tam
    January 19, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    5 stars
    love this recipe. i added methi (fenugreek) and it was great.

  • Reply
    Khushbir
    January 18, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    5 stars
    Hi Meena, I am big fan of Spinach. Its mouth watering…

  • Reply
    Anu
    September 13, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    5 stars
    I’ve been looking for this recipe. Looks great!

  • Reply
    Catherine
    August 28, 2010 at 2:25 AM

    5 stars
    Simple yet tastes great and is healthy as well.

  • Reply
    pritya
    February 3, 2009 at 7:57 AM

    5 stars
    Hi Meena, As always, I enjoyed reading your post. The recipe looks so good and seems so easy. The green in spinach and yellow of potatoes have been well captured in your pic. Cheers!

  • Reply
    maris
    December 22, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    5 stars
    Spinach is my favorite veggie…definitely giving this one a try!

  • Reply
    Chandan
    December 10, 2008 at 1:07 AM

    5 stars
    Wow! Looks tasty & yummy and a must try.

  • Reply
    Amy
    November 10, 2008 at 8:20 AM

    5 stars
    I am trying to add more greens to our dinner menus – this will be a great addition for those who love potatoes. I like that it combines a vegetable and starch in one dish to save me an extra step at dinner time.

  • Reply
    Hannah
    November 5, 2008 at 5:34 AM

    5 stars
    This looks great. Simple and nutritious!

  • Reply
    Shella
    October 30, 2008 at 6:22 AM

    5 stars
    Hey Meena
    The pic is awesome, and nothing to beat the comfort of palak aloo….for some close friends

  • Reply
    kutus
    October 20, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Lovely blog. Great recipes. Already tried out Alu Palak . It was fabulous.

  • Reply
    Nina
    October 14, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    5 stars
    I know what I am making for dinner. Thanks for the inspiration and the recipe. I LOVE your blog.

  • Reply
    MAG
    October 13, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Such great recipes deserve an award! And it’s waiting for you on my blog 🙂

  • Reply
    Savita
    October 7, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    5 stars
    Hi Meena

    I just happened to come across your website…Your pics are absolutely mouth-watering. I cannot wait to try your recipes!

    I just have one few question. When you ask for 1tsp coriander seeds, do you mean the whole seeds or do I need to grind 1 tsp of coriander seeds?

    Thanks SO much!

    Savitqa

  • Reply
    Mallika
    October 3, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    5 stars
    I love this dish. Try a squirt of lemon next time. It really lifts the dish.

  • Reply
    Siri
    October 3, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    5 stars
    Simple yet yummy! the pic looks so delish Meena..:)

    Hope you had a great time with your friends.

    Cheers,
    Siri

  • Reply
    arundati
    September 29, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    5 stars
    aloo palak is one of my favourites…..the colours in this picture are fabulous….lemm go wipe the drool off the keyboard!!

  • Reply
    Subarna
    September 25, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    5 stars
    Hi Meena.. this is by far the best cooking blog I’ve ever come across…2 days back I was searching for an easy to make Dal Makhani recipe and I’m so glad to find this blog.. I’m totally hooked on to it now… Guess what …i’ve already tried 2 of ur recipes and they turned out to be very delicious.. I was going all gaga over ur website to my hubby dear :).. I’ve now made up my mind to try a new recipe of urs every day … thanks so much…

    and ya.. the pics are fab.. totally mouth watering…

    -Subs

  • Reply
    KS
    September 24, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    5 stars
    Hey!

    Am trying this recipe out as I type! Smells great, and am sure will taste as good too! Thanks for the recipe. Will post pics on my blog!

  • Reply
    vivari
    September 24, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    5 stars
    this sounds easy. I make spinach a lot so I will try it this way. thanks!

  • Reply
    Rushina
    September 23, 2008 at 3:38 AM

    5 stars
    Hey!

    I am inspired… we’re having Aloo Palak for dinner, spiced with some East Indian Bottle Masalla!

  • Reply
    sana
    September 20, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    5 stars
    I just stumbled across your blog. You have an awesome blog and an amazing writing style. I love the simplicity of your recipes.

  • Reply
    Cynthia
    September 19, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    5 stars
    I fell in love with this dish the first time my mom made it for us.

    I think I want to try cooking it with a little bit of coconut milk, I’ll let the coconut milk cook until it’s cracked.

  • Reply
    Scott at Realepicurean
    September 19, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    5 stars
    I’ve just ordered saag aloo from the local takeaway. Yours looks much more delicious!

  • Reply
    Fanny
    September 18, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    5 stars
    This is similar to a dish I used to make a lot as a side dish. It’s really a fabulous dish, and gets more vegetables into your guests. It also looks like it’s harder to make than it really is!

  • Reply
    Smith
    September 18, 2008 at 4:02 AM

    5 stars
    Awesome!!! Sounds yummy

  • Reply
    Sara
    September 18, 2008 at 12:13 AM

    5 stars
    This looks great, I’m always looking for more spinach recipes.

  • Reply
    vij
    September 17, 2008 at 10:44 PM

    Lovely pic! Simple n easy… beautiful colours!

  • Reply
    Vicki
    September 17, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    5 stars
    Ooh, yum! What a delicious and simple way to round out a meal.

  • Reply
    Divya Vikram
    September 17, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    5 stars
    Sounds easy n delicious.Great pic..

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