Last updated on August 12th, 2019
My kid loves potato like most of the kids and I make various potato curries for her lunch box. This aloo palak is favorite with her and us too. It is so easy to make and makes for a very comforting lunch or dinner.
You can make aloo palak in so many ways. This is a home style curry that is dry and minimally spiced. You don’t need to grind anything to make this curry.
Also the prep work for making this aloo palak is very less. No need to pressure cook the potatoes or blanch and puree the spinach leaves. Unlike the rich, cream loaded restaurant style aloo palak recipes, this one truly captures the essence of Indian cooking. Easy, wholesome and hearty 🙂
During winters we get really good and fresh spinach leaves or palak and I go crazy over them. I make so many dishes with palak like palak paneer, palak pakora, spinach pasta, palak paratha, palak dal etc. This spinach potato curry is one dish that we all love with roti or dal rice.
While growing up, this curry was made at home every week. My mom had many colleagues from north India and we were often treated to many north Indian delicacies like this simple aloo curry.
This Aloo Palak Recipe Is
Vegan & Gluten Free
Healthy & wholesome
Home style, comforting & minimally spiced
Best way to sneak in spinach for kids
Very versatile, goes far beyond than as a simple side dish
To make palak aloo using my recipe you need very less ingredients and 20 minutes from start to finish. Also since the prep work is very less, this curry is best suited for weekdays and last minute guests.
All you need to do is saute chopped spinach and potatoes with onions and spices until well cooked. While it is a very very simple recipe, I have few tips on prepping spinach leaves for best taste and also to retain its nutrition.
How To Prep Spinach leaves For Aloo Palak?
Spinach are very delicate greens that requires minimum seasoning. Also sometimes blanching removes the nutrition. So in such recipes where blanching is not a must we can avoid it.
First of all pick each spinach leaf and inspect for worms or dirt. Also discard any rotten or dried spinach leaf.
Next I usually soak the leaves in salted water for 10 minutes. Drain well and rinse in running water. Drain thoroughly and use in the recipe.
How To Make Aloo Palak.
1. Prep the spinach leaves as mentioned above. Finely chop the cleaned leaves.
2. Next scrub and peel the potatoes. Cut them into cubes. Also finely chop the onions.
3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Temper with mustard and cumin seeds. Add slit green chilies and saute well.
4. Add the cubes onions and saute well.
5. Add the cubes onions and saute well. Cook in open pan for 2-3 minutes.
6. Add the chopped spinach or palak leaves and mix well.
7. Add required salt, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder.
8. Mix well and continue to cook.
9. Cook for 12-15 minutes in medium flame until potatoes are well cooked.
10. Remove from flame, add lemon juice and mix well.
11. Serve aloo palak warm or cool it down and pack in lunch.
Variations With Aloo Palak Recipe
- To make aloo palak gravy you can follow the gravy recipe from palak paneer. First of all boil and peel the potatoes. Cut them into big cubes. Make smooth palak gravy as mentioned here. Towards the end instead of adding paneer cubes add the boiled and cubed potatoes. Simmer for 3-4 minutes. Remove from flame. This version will taste exactly like restaurant style aloo palak.
- Along with potatoes you can add cubed paneer or mushrooms
- You can us par boiled sweet potatoes instead of potatoes
- Instead of onions you can add a pinch of asafoetida (contains gluten)
- To make this curry more nutritious you can add chopped carrots, cauliflower or corn.
Tips For Making Aloo Palak
Chop the spinach leaves finely for fast cooking.
Cut the potatoes into small cubes for quick cooking.
You can increase or decrease the quantity of spinach by 1/2 cup.
If you have boiled potatoes, you can saute the spinach with spices first and finally add them.
You can double the recipe or halve it.
I hope you will try this aloo palak recipe and enjoy as much as we did. P
Aloo Palak Recipe
Aloo Palak Recipe (Potatoes Spinach Curry)
- 3 cups chopped spinach leaves
- 2 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
- salt to taste
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Prep the spinach leaves as mentioned above. Finely chop the cleaned leaves.
- Next scrub and peel the potatoes. Cut them into cubes. Also finely chop the onions.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Temper with mustard and cumin seeds. Add slit green chilies and saute well.
- Add the cubes potatoes and saute well.
- Cook in open pan for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the chopped spinach or palak leaves and mix well.
- Add required salt, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder.
- Mix well and continue to cook.
- Cook for 12-15 minutes in medium flame until potatoes are well cooked.
- Remove from flame, add lemon juice and mix well.
- Serve aloo palak warm or cool it down and pack in lunch.