What is saag aloo?
Saag Aloo is an Indian dish that is made from spinach and potato. The translation is quite literal with saag meaning spinach and aloo meaning potato. For this recipe, I twinned two popular recipes together to make the tastiest Saag Aloo. If you were to take the spinach out of this recipe it would become another popular Indian recipe called Bombay potatoes. Bombay potato is a dish of new potatoes seasoned with a specific set of herbs and spices. Its not necessary for saag aloo to be made with the same spices as Bombay potatoes but honestly, it tastes so good I don’t know why anybody would make it any other way!
Do you have a diet restriction?
This saag aloo recipe is:
- Gluten free
- Dairy free
- Nut free
- Low fat
- Low FODMAP
- Paleo friendly
- Syn free
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Step 1: Prepare your ingredients
To start with I cut all of my new potatoes (10-12) in half to make them cook quicker but this is down to preference, you can leave them whole if you desire. Par boil them for just a few minutes to let them soften slightly. Whilst your potatoes are par-boiling, finely dice a whole white onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Put both your onions, garlic and your potato into a large frying pan or wok.
Step 2: Bombay your potatoes
Let your onion and potato cook in the frying pan for 5-10 minutes until the onion is soft and translucent. Add in your herbs and spices. For the bombay potato seasoning I used 1/2 a teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of cumin, 1 teaspoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of garam masala. I would also recommend adding a splash of water here to help you coat your potatoes in the spices.
Step 3: Add the Saag to your Aloo
Next we add our spinach. I’ve been using frozen spinach cubes for a long time now, they’re so handy to have in the freezer so i really recommend you grab a bag for your own freezer. I used roughly 8 spinach cubes and put them straight into the dish frozen. You can use fresh spinach too but I have no idea how to work out what 8 cubes of frozen cooked spinach would have weighed raw but let me know if you figure it out! Continue cooking until the potatoes are cooked through along with the spinach.
What to serve with saag aloo?
- Curry such as korma, tikka masala or even vindaloo for heat lovers
- Naan bread – my favourite is peshwari filled with coconut and sultanas
- Seasoned rice such as pilau
- Onion Bhajis – Check out my healthy recipe below!
- Poppadum’s and healthy mango chutney – See my recipe below
Can I Reheat this recipe?
Yes! My preferred way to reheat saag aloo is to pop a portion into a microwaveable bowl and heat in the microwave on full power for 2-3 minutes.
Can I freeze saag aloo?
You totally can. Portion into containers ready for easy reheating when the saag aloo defrosted.
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