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aloo palak gravy recipe - potatoes in a smooth spinach sauce.

4.64 from 19 votes
total time:
45minutes

aloo palak recipe with step by step photos – there are many ways of making aloo palak or spinach potato recipe and here is one delicious version.

aloo palak recipe, aloo palak gravy

this is not a dry version. this aloo palak has the consistency of palak paneer. in this recipe, the spinach is pureed instead of being chopped. for dry version, you can check this dry aloo palak sabzi recipe.

this aloo palak recipe is similar to the way i make palak paneer. the potatoes are boiled first and then added towards the end. the dish pairs well with rotis, phulkas or naan. even good with some steamed rice or jeera rice. i had made parathas and a side onion-cucumber salad to go with the aloo palak.

to give a hint of sweetness in the palak, i have added gram flour (besan). if you add gram flour or maize flour (makai ka atta), the gravy get slightly sweet tones. you can also add cream if you prefer instead of gram flour or maize flour.

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aloo palak recipe, spinach potato recipe
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aloo palak recipe

aloo palak gravy recipe - potatoes in a smooth spinach sauce.
course main course
cuisine north indian
prep time 25 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 45 minutes
servings 3 to 4
rough calories per serving 257 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1 bunch palak (spinach) or 200 grams palak
  • 3 medium sized potatoes (aloo)
  • 1 medium sized onion - finely chopped
  • 1 medium sized tomato - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger- garlic paste 3 garlic (lahsun) + ½ inch ginger (adrak) - crushed or made into a paste in a mortar-pestle
  • 1 or 2 green chilies (hari mirch)
  • 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini) - broken
  • 1 small tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1.5 tablespoon besan (gram flour) OR makai ka atta (maize flour)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon ghee or oil or butter
  • ½ teaspoon crushed kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) - optional
  • salt as required
  • a few ginger julienne for garnishing

how to make aloo palak recipe

preparation for aloo palak

  1. boil the potatoes or aloo in a pressure cooker or steamer till the are completely cooked.

  2. peel and quarter or dice them. keep aside covered.

  3. boil 2 to 3 cups water with some salt.

  4. switch off the fire and immediately add the palak or spinach.

  5. cover with a lid, blanch the spinach in water for 4-5 minutes.

  6. drain and immediately place the palak in cold water for 3-4 minutes.

  7. drain again and along with green chilies, make a smooth puree in a grinder or blender.

making aloo palak

  1. heat ghee or oil or butter in a pan or kadai/wok.

  2. fry the bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon till they become aromatic.

  3. add the chopped onion and fry till light brown.

  4. now add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw aroma goes away.

  5. add the tomatoes and fry till the tomatoes become soft and mushy.

  6. the oil should start releasing from the mixture.

  7. now add the turmeric powder and asafoetida and stir for 5-10 seconds.

  8. add the palak puree. stir well.

  9. add the besan or gram flour. stir with a wired whisk so that the besan dissolves and there are no lumps.

  10. alternatively, you can also dissolve the besan in 3-4 tbsp water and make a smooth paste.

  11. then add this paste to the palak mixture. stir and add 1 cup water. season with salt.

  12. simmer the palak gravy till the palak gets completely cooked.

  13. the gravy or sauce will slightly thicken.

  14. you can adjust the consistency by adding more or less water. 

  15. add the cooked potatoes and simmer aloo palak gravy for 2-3 minutes more.

  16. sprinkle the garam masala powder & crushed kasuri methi leaves. 

  17. stir and cook aloo palak gravy for a minute.

  18. serve aloo palak hot with some rotis, chapatis or parathas or jeera rice.

recipe notes

  • you can also add cream if you prefer instead of gram flour or maize flour.

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preparation to make aloo palak recipe

1. boil or steam 3 medium sized potatoes in a pressure cooker or steamer.

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2. pressure cook or steam till the potatoes are completely cooked.

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3. then peel and quarter or dice the boiled potatoes. keep aside covered.

aloo palak curry recipe

4. rinse 1 bunch of palak leaves (spinach) couple of times in water and then drain very well.

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5. in a pan, boil 2 to 3 cups water with some salt.

aloo palak curry recipe

6. when the water comes to a boil, then switch off the fire and immediately add the palak or spinach leaves into the hot water.

aloo palak curry recipe

7. cover with a lid and blanch the palak in hot water for 4 to 5 minutes.

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8. drain and immediately place the palak leaves in cold water for 3 to 4 minutes. you can add few ice cubes to make the water cold.

aloo palak curry recipe

9. drain again and along with 1 to 2 green chilies, make a smooth puree in a grinder or blender.

aloo palak curry recipe

10. measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making aloo palak curry.

aloo palak curry recipe

making aloo palak

11. heat 2 tablespoon ghee or oil or butter in a pan or kadai (wok).

aloo palak curry recipe

12. add 1 small tej patta (indian bay leaf), 3 cloves (lavang) and 1 broken cinnamon stick (dalchini) to the hot ghee.

aloo palak curry recipe

13. fry till they become aromatic.

aloo palak curry recipe

14. add 1 medium sized onion which is finely chopped.

aloo palak curry recipe

15. fry till the onion turns light brown.

aloo palak curry recipe

16. now add 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste.

aloo palak curry recipe

17. fry till the raw aroma goes away.

aloo palak curry recipe

18. add 1 medium sized chopped tomato.

aloo palak curry recipe

19. fry till the tomatoes become soft and mushy.

aloo palak curry recipe

20. the oil should start releasing from the mixture.

aloo palak curry recipe

21. now add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)  and 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing).

aloo palak curry recipe

22. stir for 5 to 10 seconds.

aloo palak curry recipe

23. add the palak puree.

aloo palak curry recipe

24. stir well.

aloo palak curry recipe

25. add 1.5 tablespoon besan or gram flour. instead of besan, you can also add 1.5 tablespoon maize flour (makai ka atta).

aloo palak curry recipe

26. stir with a wired whisk or a wooden spatula so that the besan dissolves and there are no lumps. alternatively, you can also dissolve the besan in 3 to 4 tbsp water and make a smooth paste. then add this paste to the palak mixture.

aloo palak curry recipe

27. add 1 cup water.

aloo palak curry recipe

28. mix very well.

aloo palak curry recipe

29. add salt and stir well.

aloo palak curry recipe

30. simmer the palak gravy, till the palak gets completely cooked.

aloo palak curry recipe

31. the palak gravy or sauce will slightly thicken.

aloo palak curry recipe

32. you can adjust the consistency by adding more or less water. next add the cooked potatoes (aloo).

aloo palak curry recipe

33. gently stir.

aloo palak curry recipe

34. simmer aloo palak curry for 2-3 minutes more, till the color of the spinach changes.

aloo palak curry recipe

35. sprinkle ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala powder & ½ teaspoon crushed kasuri methi leaves (dry fenugreek leaves).

aloo palak curry recipe

36. stir and cook aloo palak gravy for a minute.

aloo palak curry recipe

37. you can garnish aloo palak gravy with ginger julienne, however its optional.

38. serve aloo palak gravy hot with some rotis, chapatis or parathas or naan or jeera rice or saffron rice or tandoori rotis.

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i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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72 comments/reviews

  1. Very delicious. I added a cardamom with the cloves and cooked til puffed. I did not pre-boil the palak. I added it with some salt to the pan just before the turmeric and the asafoedita and stirred and wilted. Then I took my hand blender to the mix and added the dried spices after. It saves a ton of time. I stirred in the cup of water and boiled for a minute or two before adding the diced cooked potatoes. It was really delicious but I did miss the kasuri methi. Next time, I’ll make sure I have some in the house. 🙁 Thank you for a great, easy recipe!

    • thank you lisa for sharing your variations and suggestions. the method you have described sure is easy and saves time. am sure it will help the readers as well. next time do try adding kasuri methi. the aroma and flavor of kasuri methi is distinctly felt and the aloo palak tastes good.

  2. Tried it. It was really good. Everything was clearly explained in the recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Welcome Kusuma

  3. 1. As step by step instructions are not there I would request if you can share for how much time do we need to simmer so that the palak gets cooked ?
    2.can we add coriander powder while cooking this veggie ,will that alter the taste ?

    • Meghà, simmer palak for 6-7 minutes.
      yes you can add coriander powder. some taste will change.

  4. hello,your all recipes are very nice delicious i tried lots of your recipe and all are very good.

    • thanks shahista for this feedback. glad to know.

  5. Turned out delicious.. my husband doesn’t like palak.. he was surprised I was making masala just to make ‘aalo palak’… When it was served. He finished 2 bowls of it..

    Can we add spinach or potatoes water to gravy? Does it have some nutrients? I don’t want to play with the taste though..

    One more feedback Dassana, if I type avacado instead of avocado on your blog search, it doesn’t yield any results.. is it possible to make that search more user friendly..

    • thats nice to know bhavana. thanks for sharing your feedback and experience. you can add the water in which spinach was cooked. avoid adding potato water. the taste is different and it can spoil the taste of the gravy too.

  6. Dear Dassana
    Thankyou for your recipes
    My life is easy know I stay away from my house I used to eat outside food everyday
    Know I cook my own food. Thanks a ton

    Mahavir Jain

    • Welcome Mahavir. Glad to know that recipes are helping you in cooking healthy food at home. Keep visiting the site and feel free to ask any query on recipes posted.

  7. Made this last night – hubby said I nailed the flavor! Made it with 1/2 baby spinach 1/2 spring mix (so I guess it’s really saag), 2 Romas, 4 cloves garlic, the whole stick of cinnamon (it shattered when I tried to cut 1″ off), & no hing (didn’t have any), otherwise as in the recipe. I didn’t blanch the baby greens (unnecessary, they were so soft & tender). I also blended the gram flour with the chopped greens & used the cooking water from the potatoes – easy, no waste, no lumps! Thanks for the great recipe – it’s a keeper!

    • thank you druid. also thanks for the small tips and suggestions you have mentioned in the comment. happy cooking.

  8. When do you add potatoes

    • in the 21st step of the recipe card.

  9. yum!

    • thankyou sharmishta 🙂

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