I am a big fan of spice and Indian dishes are my favorite type of cuisine. Occasionally, I also enjoy eating vegetarian food. Therefore, it makes sense that saag aloo is one of my top Indian vegetarian dishes to make. This spinach and potato based dish is meat-free, budget-friendly, packed full of flavour and easy to make. My family either enjoy it as a main dish served with rice or as an accompaniment to a curry. Here is a quick and simple recipe for how to make saag aloo.
Ingredients for Saag Aloo
- 3tbsps ghee or vegetable oil
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed.
- 1 red and 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
- 1tbsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 level teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 level teaspoon turmeric
- 500g potatoes cut into chunks
- 250g bag washed spinach leaves
- black pepper
How to Make Saag Aloo
- Put the chopped potatoes into a pan of salted water and bring to the boil.
- Meanwhile, chop the onions, chillies, ginger, and garlic.
- Drain the potatoes as soon as the water begins to boil.
- Heat the oil in a pan over a medium-high heat.
- Add the onions, chillies, garlic, and ginger to the frying pan.
- When the onions have turned golden and softened, add the turmeric and cumin.
- Next, add the par-boiled potatoes.
- Roughly chop the spinach leaves and add to the pan.
- As the spinach begins to wilt, stir in the mixture.
- Cook for a further five minutes on a medium heat to allow the flavor of the spices to infuse the potatoes and the spinach.
- Serve with rice or naan bread.
- Meat lovers– you can easily adapt this to a meat dish by adding chicken, beef or lamb.
- Different textures– you can leave the spinach leaves, whole, roughly chop them or finely chop them.
- Spice levels– you can experiment with different levels of spice to suit your taste by adding more or less of ingredients including garlic, chillies, ginger, turmeric, and cumin.