Sunday, 28 April 2013

Aloo Palak (Potato and Spinach Curry)

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

This recipe is for Aloo Palak. It is a potato and spinach curry, which is perfect for a weeknight supper, because it cooks so quickly. It can be served with naan, roti, boiled rice or even my personal favourite - hot buttered toast!
A tip to make this dish even faster is to prep all your ingredients before you start to cook - so chop all the vegetables and measure out the spices.

A Simple List of Ingredients:

1. Baby Spinach
2. Potatoes
3. Onions
4. Tomatoes
5. Salt
6. Vegetable Oil
7. Ground Turmeric
8. Ground Cumin
9. Ground Coriander
10. Red Chilli Powder
11. Garam Masala
12. Cumin Seeds

Bismillah, let's begin!

Heat a few tablespoons vegetable oil in a large pan.

To the hot oil, add 2 teaspoons cumin seeds. Fry for 30 seconds.

Peel and finely chop 2 onions.

Add the chopped onions to the pan.

Stir in the chopped onion.

To the chopped onions, add 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Cook the onions until golden brown.

Peel and chop 7 small potatoes into large chunks.

Add the potatoes to the pan.

Stir to combine.

Next, roughly chop 2 tomatoes.

Add the tomatoes to the pan.

Stir in the tomatoes, and cook for 2 minutes.

1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

Add the spices to the pan.

Stir to combine, and cook for 2 minutes.

Take 180 gram bag of baby spinach, wash and roughly chop. You could use normal spinach too.

Add the chopped spinach to the pan.

Stir in and cook for 1 minute.

Cover the pan and simmer on low for 15 minutes.

Add 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, and adjust seasoning, if needed.

Stir to combine.

Serve with roti, naan or even rice!


Spice Enthusiast


  1. This turned out very nice! I wasn't sure if I was supposed to cut the stems from the spinach leaves (so I did). Did you? I had to adjust it at the end (like you said) with a bit of salt. Have you tried this with chicken? Was thinking at what stage would I need to add it? I'll be making it again in the future InshaAllah.


    1. Salaam! I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe. I didn't cut the stems since it was baby spinach and I didn't see the need, to be honest. I have made a similar curry with chicken - check my Chicken and Spinach Curry at
      Hope you enjoy inshallah!

    2. Tried this recipe. It was delicious. Xx

  2. In recipes like this can you please indicate how much heat the hob should be on when Not on simmer (i.e high heat, medium heat). Probably just me but find it difficult to estimate or use common sense...

    Thanks for simplifying the process of making Asian food.

    1. I will try my best in the future. usually when making the curries, the heat is at a medium. but when simmering, we like to cover the pan with a lid and turn the heat to the lowest. :)

  3. Can't wait to try this, thank you so much for a detailed recipe! Most of the others online just say things like "Cook the spinach" and expect idiots like me to know how long for :)

  4. this sounds good. Something new to try as well. thanks for sharing this recipe.


  5. Tastes great, also the photographs are really helpful as it gives an idea of what the recipe looks like at various stages. Normally there is just a completed photo and sometimes my meals don't look much like the final. I will be using more of your recipes. thanks

  6. Wonderful! My family loved this, I added a tin of butterbeans from curiosity, odd choice but it worked really well. Will definitely make again. Sorry this is anonymous, I am on someone else's tablet.

    1. So glad you enjoyed the curry! And, butterbeans! I would have never thought of that! :)

  7. Thankyou ...just loved this, we added in carrots, but part boiled them and it was absolutely delicious.

    I am going to work my way round all your recipes.


    1. No problem! Your carrot addition sounds delicious! :)

  8. Trying it right now don't really know how to cook but will do my best.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  9. I tried this but how do the potatoes cook without adding water? I had to add water in my dish

    1. I find that leaving the curry covered over a low heat, after building up steam on a high heat, is enough to cook the potatoes. The spinach lets off a little water too which helps with the cooking. You can add a little extra water though, if you feel that it the curry needs it.

  10. Hi, can you please post spinach curry only without any other main ingredient?? Love your recipes, best wishes.

    1. Yes, I have a recipe for a traditional Saag curry with spinach. The link is here -

  11. I wanted to use paneer instead of potatoes, what stage would I add that in and do I fry it first?

    1. You can fry first if you want too. I would add it about 10 minutes before the curry is done.

  12. Hi there I think you do explain things perfectly with pictures and the times you need to cook the ingredients for my question is can i use tinned potatoes do this curry

    1. Yes, tinned potatoes will work perfectly. Just reduce the cooking time.

  13. This turned out absolutely beautifully!!!! I did have to give the cooking time a little longer so that my potatoes were more cooked but the flavours were stunning. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  14. Made this and it was delicious thankyou as always for your brilliant recipes Muslim girl bakes is saved as a favourite and on the weekendI go through your recipes to make my meal plans. I love how easily you break the recipes down with the pics it helps so much I literally cannot follow any other recipes now as yours are the best I have been trying your recipes for almost 7 years now so thankyou so much!

  15. How many does this recipe do for, also can it freeze as it's only me who loves curries

  16. Could I use tinned tomatoes instead of fresh ones


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