Saag Aloo or Kale, Spinach & Pan-Roasted Potato Curry (Vegetarian or Vegan)


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Indian food is generally pretty easy to throw together – providing you have access to lots of hard-to-find spices & really love chopping things.  The only hard-to-find spice I included here is garam masala but it can be made easily from spices you likely have around.

Garam Masala

2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon black pepper
3 teaspoon ground cumin
3 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves

Blend & store in an airtight container.


I used a bit of dairy in this.  I wanted to add heavy cream or half & half but I had neither.  Instead, I added a mix of milk & Mexican crema.  You can use any of these – or their vegan counterparts.  I used ghee – which is butter with the fat removed so it can be used over high heat without burning.  If you cannot find it – you can make it – Ghee (clarified butter) – or just use olive oil.

You can use frozen spinach or blow off roasting the potatoes.  Indian food is very flavorful & pretty forgiving.

You can use fresh or jarred ginger.  I used this frozen version I found at the market.





Saag Aloo or Kale, Spinach & Pan-Roasted Potato Curry (Vegetarian or Vegan)

Serves 4 very heartily


1 bunch kale – veins removed & coarsely chopped

3 packed cups fresh spinach (or two (10 oz) boxes frozen)

1 onion – chopped

6 small potatoes – boiled until tender

1 tsp cumin seeds (not ground)

1 TBS fresh ginger (I used 4 frozen cubes)

4 garlic cloves – minced

1 TBS turmeric

1 tsp crushed red pepper (or to taste)

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp garam masala (recipe above – if you cannot find garam masala at your market)

1 cup tomato sauce

Ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil

3/4 cup of dairy (or vegan alternative) – like heavy cream or half & half or (as I did) a blend of milk & Mexican crema

S&P to taste

1 extra cup fresh spinach (optional)

(Serve with steamed rice or naan)

Garnish with fresh cilantro and/or diced red pepper (for color)




Boil the potatoes until they fall off your fork when pierced.  Drain & rinse in cold water.  DRY THEM OFF & cube them.  If they are not dry – you will likely get splattered with hot oil.

Heat 1-2 TBS of the ghee or olive oil over med-high heat.  Toss the potatoes & cook until they are browned a bit.  Set aside.



In the same pan, add more ghee or oil if you need to & saute the onions until they are soft.  Push them to the side of the pan & raise the heat to high.  Add the cumin seeds & cook until they begin to sizzle.  Blend the onions back in & add the garlic & ginger.  Saute one minute & then add the turmeric, coriander, chili powder, garam masala, crushed red pepper & tomato sauce.  Stir to combine.  I added two cups of water here.   I like a lot of sauce in my Indian dishes.  Cut the water for a drier result.  Add the greens.  When they are wilted and heated through, add the dairy (or non-dairy) you chose.  Heat it all through.  Just before serving, I added another cup of fresh spinach – just to add some brighter green.  Season with S&P. Once that is stirred in there good – serve this up over rice or with naan – or both – topped with some chopped cilantro and diced red pepper!

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4 thoughts on “Saag Aloo or Kale, Spinach & Pan-Roasted Potato Curry (Vegetarian or Vegan)

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