Aloo Palak (Potatoes cooked in a Creamy Spinach Gravy)

Aloo Palak

My husband needs to eat foods rich in Iron, Doctors Orders, not to mention it is so good for us.  I'm always trying to come up with interesting ways to incorporate Spinach into our diet.  We both love this version of Aloo Palak.

For this recipe I found an interesting technique online... first boil the Spinach, let it cool, and then grind it up.  This is a classic Punjabi dish.  You can substitute the potato with Paneer, Chickpeas, Chicken, or even Tofu.  Hope you enjoy it.

NUTRITION: Spinach is loaded with tons of nutrients. It is rich in Vitamins A, C, and K, and is an excellent source of Iron and Folic Acid. Spinach is also a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids.  Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin C and Fiber.


  • Fresh Spinach - 10 oz. bag (boiled & grinded)
  • Garlic - 4 cloves (roughly chopped)
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece (chopped)
  • Green Chillies - 2 to 3 (chopped)
  • Onions - 2 small (chopped)
  • Oil - 1.5 tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Potatoes - 3 small (bite size cubes)
  • Tomato - 1 (chopped)
  • Red Chili Powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder - 3 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • Garam Masala - 1 tsp
  • Light Sour Cream - 2 to 3 dollups (demonstrated below)
  • Dry Fenugreek Leaves - 2 big spoons (demonstrated below)

1. Boil a pot of water.

2. When it boils, add the spinach leaves to the boiling water.

  3. Allow this to cook for 3 minutes.

4. Drain.  Set aside and allow this to cool.

5. Here is what you will need.  I actually used 4 cloves of garlic.  Chop everything up.   

6. Heat a pot on low-medium heat (dial #4), add oil, add cumin seeds. 

  7. Once the cumin seeds sizzle, add the turmeric powder.  Saute for 10 seconds.

  8. Add the ginger, garlic and green chillies.  Saute for 20 seconds or so.

9. Add the chopped onions.  Saute for 3 minutes and then add salt.  Cook for another 3-5 minutes until the onions are slightly carmelized.  Stir to avoid burning.

10. In the meantime, peel and chop the potatoes.  Use 3 small, I only had 2 small.

  11. Once the onions are done... this is what you should have.

12. Add the potatoes.  Combine.  Lower heat to dial #3, cook this for 5 minutes.

13. In the meantime, chop the tomato.

14. Now add the tomato, salt, 1/2 tsp of red chili powder, and 2 tsp coriander powder.

  15. Combine.  Cover and simmer on dial #3 for 10-15 minutes, or until the tomatoes and onions have combined into a paste. 

16. In the meantime, make the spinach paste.  Add the spinach to a blender or Magic Bullet.  You may need to add 2 tbsp - 4 tbsp of water to get the spinach to a smooth paste.

17. Back to the onion-tomato mixture, this is what you should have after 10-15 minutes.

18. Add the Spinach Puree.... YUM!  My favorite color... rich and green, can you tell I'm an Emerald Lover?  :-)  I hope my husband is reading this.

19. Combine.  Cover and allow this to simmer for 10 minutes on dial #3.

20. After 10 minutes, this is what you should have.  There should be bubbles forming around the corners. The color will be an intense dark green.

21. Check the potato, make sure it is fork tender, if it is pretty close, that is okay too.  Proceed to the next step.

22. Season with salt, 1 tsp garam masala, 1/2 tsp chili powder and 1 tsp coriander powder.  Combine. 

23. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes on low (dial #3).

24. Add 2-3 dollups of LIGHT Sour Cream... I used 3.

25. Take 2 spoons of dry fenugreek leaves in your palm, rub them.

26. Add the fenugreek leaves to the spinach. Make sure the Potato is fully cooked. Turn off the stove.

27. Combine.  Wait 20 minutes before serving... this will allow the flavors to combine.  Serve with rice or roti... goes well with Onion Coriander Raita.


  1. I love palak paneer - its my staple dish when I go out to eat Indian! Thanks for the tips - I tried it with cheese instead of sour cream and it wasn't the same. I'll try this next time! :)

  2. This looks wonderful, we love Indian food in our house and this looks like a dish we would eat regularly. I suspect we've had something similar before although I am not sure of the name. Thanks for posting this recipe :)

  3. Suanne... you should add Paneer and Sour Cream next time, it will be delicious.

    Sunday... the name of the dish you have probably tried is .. Aloo Saag.

  4. Thank you for posting this recipe! I love cooking indian food but I can't seem to get the flavors right. This recipe was excellent and my somewhat spinach-phobic husband said it was the best spinach dish I'd ever made for him.

    Do you have a recipe for Spinach Kofta? (veggie dumplings in a spinach curry) my favorite Indian resteraunt just closed and I can't find another one in the area that makes spinach kofta.

  5. Hi Ms. Jess...
    Thanks for the comment.. I really appreciate it. I'm so glad your spinach-phobic husband enjoyed this dish. Unfortunately, I have never tried Spinach Kofta.. it is a pretty rare dish on a menu. I have tried regular Kofta. I'll have discuss this with my mom and come up with a recipe.

  6. I made this recipe as written (I admit that I was dubious about the sour cream) and was delighted with the results. I plan on making it for my mother-in-law when I am in India next month--which is saying a lot. Thank you so much for the delicious recipe and detailed instructions!

  7. Thanks Catherine! I hope you impress your mother-in-law.. that would say a lot. :-) Do let me know how it goes. Thanks!

  8. Hey

    I made this dish as written and it was really tasty...

    Thanx 4 d delicious recipe..

  9. I am an Indian woman living in Mexico and with the help of my Mexican domestic helper as well as a French traveler, we made the Aloo Palak today. OMG!!! It was sooo insanely delicious. I, too, followed your directions precisely. The step by step images are a godsend! Thank you! Gracias! Shukria!

  10. Hi Shayla... Thank you for your lovely comment.. really appreciate it and i'm glad the step by step pics helped you. Merci! :-)

  11. It was awesome !!! Thank you so much for posting this recipe.

  12. Thank you for the step by step pictures ! Very helpful & it turned out excellent !

  13. Very very helpful dish... the pictures helped me big time... thanks for uploading this...

  14. I made this today. It has turned out really nice. I used just 2tsp of coriander powder as I find it to be too overpowering sometimes. Thank you.

  15. Thanks so much for the step by step instructions with photos. It was so easy to follow with my iPhone. Not quite finished cooking yet, but it looks and smells delicious. Again, great job on your presentation of this recipe. All websites should be like this!

  16. @brady - thank you so much. I'm so glad this recipe worked out for you. You're so sweet! :)

  17. You rock! Your blog has become my go-to for Indian recipes. I (basic white American) am married to a Punjabi man. I struggled with lame recipes for years. When I stumbled upon your blog, I finally started getting it right. He frequently requests this aloo palak. Bonus--my MIL occasionally compliments my cooking. Thanks!

  18. @Anonymous - You just made my day, if I can get a white girl to make my recipes right, and receive a compliment from a MIL, we both scored! Amen! :-)

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