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25 January 2015

Aloo Palak Curry | Step by step recipe

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Aloo palak curry
pickle-prawns-kerala


North Indian style Potato - spinach curry.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2
Ingredients:
  1. Spinach,cleaned- 1 bunch
  2. Green chilies - 1 or 2( or according to taste)
  3. Cinnamon - 1" piece
  4. Cloves - 1
  5. Cardamom- 1
  6. Bay leaf - 1
  7. Onion,chopped - 3/4 cup( 1 medium)
  8. Ginger and garlic,finely chopped- 1.5 tsp
  9. Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  10. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  11. Cumin powder - 1/8 tsp
  12. Black pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
  13. Tomato,finely chopped - 1/2 cup( 1 medium)
  14. Sugar - 1/8 tsp
  15. Water - as required
  16. Potato,cubed and boiled - 1 large
  17. Kasuri methi - 2 large pinches
  18. Garam maasala - 1/4 to 1/2 tsp
  19. Cream - 1/2 to 3/4 tbsp
  20. Salt - to taste
  21. Oil - as required
Instructions:

  • Bring water to a boil in a large pot.Put the palak leaves in the boiling water ,and allow them to boil for 1 to 2 minutes.Transfer the cooked palak to a bowl containing ice cold water.( This is done to stop the cooking and to preserve the green colour.)Drain and puree the spinach along with green chilies in a blender.Keep aside until required.
  • Heat oil in a pan,add cinnamon,cloves,cardamom and bay leaf.Saute for few seconds.Now add onion and saute until golden.
  • Now add ginger and garlic.Saute until raw smell leaves.
  • Reduce flame to low and add coriander powder,turmeric powder,black pepper powder and cumin powder.Saute for few seconds  and add chopped tomato.Mix well and cook over medium heat.
  • Cook until tomato turns mushy and oil starts to separate.Now add the pureed spinach and mix well.
  • Add sugar , sufficient quantity of water and salt to taste.Bring this to a boil and add kasuri methi and garam masala.
  • Now add the boiled potato and mix well.Cover and cook for few more minutes.Finally add the cream ,mix gently and switch off the stove.Serve with chapathi or rice.
  • NOTES
    • You can substitute fresh cream with yogurt if desired.
    • Adjust the quantity of water according to the consistency required.
    • You can also shallow fry the potato cubes ,if desired.
    • Adjust the quantity of green chilies according to your taste.


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