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Recipe – Saag Aloo

This recipe is my version of a classic Indian side dish, although for a simple and tasty vegetarian meal you could just serve this with rice and naan.

I had this with the lamb curry I cooked this weekend and it complemented it really well, whilst also adding another texture to the plate.

Now, I cannot take full credit for this dish as I had a little bit of help from an old friend…

For Indian chefs this is probably sacrilege but I don’t see anything wrong with a few shortcuts as long as the final taste isn’t compromised. I think it would take me years to perfect the art of Indian cooking with all the different spice combinations, so rather than fill my cupboards with 20+ jars of spices that I will only use a teaspoon of for each dish I think it makes sense to buy a good quality blend to save on time, money and cupboard space!


3-4 potatoes, peeled and chopped

A good glug of vegetable oil

1 packet of M&S Bombay potatoes mix (which conveniently includes one sachet of fennel and mustard seeds to fry and a second sachet of mixed spices

A handful of fresh spinach leaves

1 tomato or 3-4 cherry tomatoes, chopped

fresh coriander, for serving

How to make it

  • Begin by par-boiling the potatoes for about 5 minutes then drain
  • In a frying pan, heat the oil and fry the seeds for 2 minutes
  • Add the mixed spices and stir well then add the potatoes and ensure they are well coated in this fragrant mix
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and spinach and stir until the spinach has melted
  • Add about 100ml of water and cook on a low heat, stirring occasionally, until the water has been absorbed
  • Sprinkle with some fresh coriander, then serve

About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

One response »

  1. this looks lovely and I don’t think it is cheating at all!!!


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