December 08, 2008

Aalu Palak (Spinach and Potato)

As a kid I detested eating leaves. My father would tell stories about how Popeye consumed it and grew stronger. And my mom would go technical, why I should be eating a lot of this leafy green. It took me 26 years to consider spinach as a part of my diet. If it sounded anything familiar, I must say spinach can taste great too.

This recipe is my discovery of spinach. The recipe is simple and I make it at least once in 3 weeks or so. But yeah cleaning the stuff might be a little time consuming. There are some handy hints on cleaning palak towards the end of this post.

  • Spinach - Washed and chopped 3-4 cups
  • Potato - 1 Large diced
  • Tomato - 1 Large chopped coarsely
  • Onion - 1 Large - 1/4 chopped fine and 3/4 chopped long
  • Garlic - 8 - 10 pods
  • Green chillies - 3-4
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt and oil as required
  • Crush garlic and green chillies together
  • Heat oil and saute the crushed garlic, green chillies and the onions
  • Add potatoes, turmeric and chilli powders, mix well
  • Add tomatoes, saute for 2 minutes
  • Add spinach, mix well and cook covered. Make sure that no water is added
  • When cooked, heat oil, splutter jeera, saute onion and add to the cooked dish and mix well
  • The easiest way to wash spinach is to put it into a sink filled with cold water. Swish leaves around, drain the water off. Repeat the process thrice.


Subash S L said...

Tempting. My wife's a good cook or rather should I say she has a good hand at cooking. My son is also very interested in cooking and watches Pachakarani more than Idea Star Singer. Have also been asking Jaya (my wife) to start a cooking blog. But don't know if that will ever materialize.

By the way nice new smiling pic. That reminds me of changing my pic too. Stay in touch. We should be in Bangalore in Feb.

Minu said...

Thanks Subash! By the way I know Jaya and Chaithu quite well now...all thanks to your posts...I haven't been able to follow Idea Star Singer off late...Yeah Gayatri is one talent...The first time I heard her sing 'thaliritta kinakkal' I knew she was gonna go a long way

I am in awe of your blogging do you find the time :) Now that my newton's kitchen has started showing up in google searches I am kinda motivated to post more.

Let me know when you are in Bangalore. Probably we can catch up then. Hey! what happened to that pup? Did you hand it over to Blue Cross?

Subash S L said...

Nice quick reply. I was almost going to bed. The pup was given away today. Blue Cross came and took it. It was real sad. But one more bigger scar from another bite became apparent after the fur from that place on its back fell off. I took it to a local animal hospital but they wouldn't vaccinate it. So I think it is better off with blue cross. But wait till you see my new post of two little squirrels I have saved. You must be wondering where all these animals fall into my way. Well let's say it just happens.

My blogging frequency - Honestly I am quite a passionate writer and working from home has its advantages.

I am sure when more people read my blog ( has a Google page rank of 2 out of 10, my personal one and madrasbee have a ranking of 1 out of 10 each). So people who visit my personal site click on your image-link and then may eventually get to your site. So that's another reason for you to write more. I am sure besides cooking you have other things you are passionate about.

If things go well I will be there in Bangalore for the Iron Maiden concert. Though Jaya and Chaithu may come I will be going for the concert alone as I did for the Mark Knopfler concert. Honestly I don't like Iron Maiden "in concert" but I do like some of their very big hits. And the best part is that they will be playing only the big hits from the 80's.
Anyway if I do come that will be best opportunity to sample your culinary delights.