Everyday Indian Aloo Palak

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Today I wanted to do a post about an every day recipe that I make. A lot of my posts are new and creative ideas, but if I were to whip something up last minute and I was really in the mood for something tasty and filling, I would make Indian food. Indian food is my go-to, mainly because that’s what I grew up with. This recipe is really simple, using just spinach, potatoes, tomato and a few spices. There seems to be this crazy fear over potatoes in recent times due to their high starch content. But potatoes do have tons of nutrients and in moderation, aren’t really going to make you gain weight.  The recipe takes maybe 10 minutes to prepare. The flavors remind me of home, simple enough to cook every day and yummy enough to entertain with. Hope you enjoy!

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You will need:

  • 2-3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped.
  • 1 bag fresh spinach. Chopped. (You will need to chop on a cutting board) Frozen spinach will do, but fresh is better.
  • cumin seeds
  • garlic, finely chopped 1 cloves
  • ginger, grated 1 tsp
  • 2 small indian green chillies
  • turmeric powder
  • 2 roma tomatoes or 1 large tomato, cubed
  • cilantro

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To Prepare:

  1. First, parboil the potatoes in water, with a pinch of turmeric and salt. Parboil means cooking them until right before they are cooked. It’s best to peel and chop the potatoes into bite sized pieces before parboiling them. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, heat some oil and add 1 tsp cumin seeds.
  3. When cumin seeds start sputtering. add in 2 chopped green chillies, ginger, garlic and saute for a couple minutes
  4. Add potatoes and tomatoes, and stir well. If you do not have indian green chillies, you can add 1 serrano pepper or a pinch of cayenne powder.
  5. Let the mixture saute for another few minutes before adding fresh spinach and a gentle amount of salt. Turn off flame and stir well. The spinach will wilt into the potatoes.
  6. Garnish with cilantro and serve. DSC_0317

Servings: When I prepared this dish, I prepared it alongside dal and rice. The quantities serve 2-3 hungry people.

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