Monday, 16 April 2012

Saag Aloo

The Indian dish, saag aloo (spinach with potatoes), is the perfect accompaniment to the Lentil Dahl Recipe in the previous post, with basmati rice as the ideal third component of this meal. Spicy in a way that is flavorsome rather than hot, this saag aloo recipe is both tasty and dangerously more-ish.

Saag aloo is vegan if it is cooked using oil rather than ghee (a type of butter traditionally used in Indian cooking). You can use any type of oil for Indian cooking, provided that it does not have a strong flavor.

Ingredients for Saag Aloo (Serves 4)

350 g of pureed fresh or frozen spinach
1 small onion, finely chopped  
1 clove garlic,
finely chopped  
1 green or red chilli,
finely chopped  
3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp fenugreek
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tablespoon of oil

How to Make Saag Aloo

Step 1 Heat the oil in a non-stick saucepan. Add cumin seeds and toast them for a few minutes.
Step 2 Add the onion, garlic and chili, and fry while stirring for 5-10 minutes.Step 3 Add the potatoes and fry for a few minutes more, stirring to avoid sticking.Step 4 Add the spinach, and a little water, as well as the coriander and fenugreek, and simmer until the potatoes are cooked. The water should have boiled away or been absorbed by the end of the cooking process.

Step 5 Serve with basmati rice, brown rice, and/or lentil dahl.

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