April 23, 2009

Aloo Palak - Not Quite The Typical Way

While I love most Punjabi curries, there is something I dislike about a typical Aloo Palak or a Palak Paneer. Yes, its the pureed spinach gravy Iam talking about. Iam not too fond of digging into this green colored gravy somehow, But I really do love its taste

So, to make my job easier, I've found an easier way of making Aloo Palak, quite not the typical way . . I let the chopped spinach leaves & onions remain rustic. They add a nice little bite.


If you are not too fond of the green looking gravy, don't give up on this awesome dish, Try it this way. This one's a real time saver & is a boon if you are having a lazy day. It was a winner in my kitchen, Iam sure it will be in yours too . . .

You Will Need:

  • 4 large potatoes - cubed
  • 2 cups spinach - washed & chopped
  • 1 onion - finely chopped
  • 4 - 5 green chillies - low to medium spiced
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Salt as per paste
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala (Optional)
  • 2 tbsp oil

Method:

  • Heat a tbsp of oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add cumin cumi seeds & allow them to splutter. Add slit green chillies, grated ginger, turmeric powder & allow them to sizzle for a while. Do not let this get burnt
  • When done, quickly add chopped onions & saute till the onion turns pink
  • Add potato cubes & a tsp of salt & mix well. Add another tbsp of oil, cover with a lid, & let it cook on medium flame. Keep mixing in between to avoid the potatoes from getting burnt
  • When the potatoes are half cooked, add chopped spinach & add about 2 tbsp of water & mic well. Cover the lid again & let it cook. Check for salt
  • Once the spinach leaves are wilted & potatoes are completely cooked yet firm, turn off the stove. Add Garam Masala & Mix Well

Serve HOT with Rotis .. Enjoi !!!

71 comments:

Priya Sriram said...

Thats a simple and easy way to prepare aloo palak! Looks great Deesha! :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow, lovely looking aloo palak and a nice variation not making it a gravy... The color combo is admirable...

Madhu said...

I too never liked creamy palak paneer before, after I started making home I like them.I add lots of chopped onions to give some texture to the saucy palak.
Love the pic with contrast yellow-green color. Looks yum.

Asha said...

Palak Paneer is made with ground Palak, which I don't feel like eating too. Aloo Palak yummy tho', I like to pick up the chunky Spinach with a fork! :)

Poornima Nair said...

I too make aloo palak the same way. Saves time, looks and tastes great. Urs looks perfect.

Vicky Xavier. said...

I also dont like the creamy version. Urs look delicious. Noted it.

Lavanya said...

i am very rare to make aloo palak..it's very simple n looks yummy deesha!!

Pooja said...

Simple and yummy deesha..I make this the same way like palak paneer replacing paneer with aloo..Will try your version next time..

Priya said...

Aloo palak looks yum!

Cham said...

Perfect side dish at any time!

Ramya Bala said...

Simple yet delicious side deepthi :)

Uma said...

what a lovely dish! Looks so great! Yum!

Gita's Kitchen said...

Great dish Deesha, looks yummy!

A_and_N said...

I hate gravy for other reasons. Like using a mixi - another utensil to wash!

This is really good stuff!

Arundathi said...

That looks great. I love aloo palak but you're right, sometimes it's just too time consuming.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

i am not fond of green gravies.. this one seems a good option.. and somewhat similar to methi-aloo...

Ashwini said...

Love both spinach and aloo. I add methi instead of palak. Will try with palak next time. yumm

Sujatha said...

I make aloo palak often.. First I tried this dry version of it from a friend's lunchbox, and I just loved it.. From then on I make this often.. Your photo looks very tempting!

Priti said...

We prepare the same way minus garam masala...yours looks yummy

sriharivatsan said...

Thatz quite a simple yet yummy one Deesha..I love the click..

Prathibha said...

I prepare both the ways....n i love both of them..
Good u reminded me to prepare this way,i have a packet of spinach lying in the fridge...lovely click too!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Yes,I am not fan of green gravy,this one as u have told looks tempting,I wud try some time!

rekhas kitchen said...

wow looks great deesha nice change then gravy variety looks so delicious beautiful bowl

Parita said...

Nice one deesha, i prepare aloo methi in a similar way :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

healthy one..looks delicious

Shama Nagarajan said...

healthy one..looks delicious

Kitchen Flavours said...

I too don't like the puree form of spinach....Looks yum.

Happy cook said...

I have to agree with you, i too don't like the puree sloggy palak, like this i woyld love it as it looks so yumm and not overpowering.

Madhumathi said...

Haven't tried aloo palak..Looks simple and yumm..Will give this a try someday!

aquadaze said...

I like the pured spinach as well; your aloo palak looks perfect!

UjjU said...

Deesha, it looks mouth watering. Slurp...yummy! :)

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Deepa Hari said...

Love ur aloo palak Deesha....looks delicious.

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! nice easy and simple recipe ..Thanks for posting :)

Anonymous said...

Anything in Aloo tastes good and your recipe will be special as always.

Laavanya said...

I make with chopped spinach too instead of puree and use a similar recipe, except I add more masalas. A favorite at home.. looks great Deesha.

Shreya said...

love the pic, and the recipe! very simple..

Valarmathi said...

Perfect side dish. Good one.

meeso said...

Mmmmm, that looks great!

Senthil said...

Thanks for visiting my blog..Aloo palak looks delecious and seems easy to prepare

Vishali said...

love the aloo palak Deesha.

Priyameena said...

My visit to your blog..Excellent blog..Aloo palak looks yummy...nice click..

Cynthia said...

Traditional or not, this is one of my favourite dishes and yours looks outstanding!

Smitha said...

I make this dish is the exact way. Same pinch

Pavithra said...

Looking so tasty deesha.. I love greens.. Nice click

Bharti said...

Nice drier version Deesha.

Varsha Vipins said...

This is a nice n easy way to cook Aloo palak..Have made a chana palak like this..looks so yum Deesha..:)

Jaya said...

Deesha,
anything simple always catch my attention..this loooks delicious and I am sure it taste great with rotis as well...
hugs and smiles

Yasmeen said...

Simple and delicious:)

kittymatti said...

oh god!! It looks sooooo perfect!!! I will try yr recipe :) delicious!!!

Subhie Arun said...

simply love this..frst time to ur blog...u got nice collections..thx 4 sharing..will keep following

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

delicious!!! Even I prefer it this way....Like you said, hate the palak/methi gravy.

Divya Vikram said...

Aloo and spinach seems a great combo!!

Rajesh &Shankari said...

great blog! I like adding palak to all my dishes

Food said...

mmm looks very well cooked - neither over nor under. just right.

Suma Rajesh said...

looks too good..

Kalyani said...

looks great .... thanks for the post......

Adlak's tiny world said...

simple and yummy.... seems so easy to prepare.

Arch said...

Looks lovely and so simple...its so much nicer to chop the spinach instead of pureeing it...great idea !

Supriya Nair said...

This one is so nice and simple..the pic is fab...thnks for the post..

Chitra said...

never tried anything with palak, have to try this:)

Raaga said...

I love palak paneer... and even plain palak curry... mashed and pureed and all... but I tried palak corn and aloo palak....came out nice... but I didn't like it as much.

Will try your way :)

Usha said...

Loved this variation of aloo palak, looks yum !

Purva Desai said...

This dish is popularly known as Saag Aloo in UK......Loved ur version of Aloo Palak

Miri said...

I'm sure pureed paalak wasnt the way it was done in the time before Processors...it was probably roughly mashed with the wooden masher.

I like that kind of texture too as compared to the bland, smooth version. Your recipe looks like a nice rustic version which keeps all its flavours together!

Vanamala said...

same her i like the same way...nice one

Shweta said...

hey this was just awesome... i was in a hurry n this just came out perfect!!! just that i like it with a lil more gravy so used tomato puree also... we enjoyed it!!!

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