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Store cupboard Saag Aloo

 This quick and easy recipe is made using mostly ingredients you can find in your cupboard. Lots of the ingredients can be substituted too, which makes it a great recipe to make at the moment while the supermarket stock is a little unpredictable, and we’re unable to get out to the shops as often as we would usually. We’ve included ideas for substitute ingredients at the bottom of this recipe. 

Saag Aloo can be served as a side dish, or as a main with some wholegrain rice. (Check out our video for how to cook perfect rice!) 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds 
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds 
  • medium onion, diced 
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped 
  • ½ inch ginger, chopped 
  • 1 large red chilli, deseeded and sliced 
  • ½ tsp ground coriander 
  • 1 tsp turmeric 
  • medium tomatoes, diced  
  • 500g potatoes, cut into 2cm cubes 
  • 400ml water 
  • 250g Spinach 
  1. Heat oil in large pan over medium heat.  Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds and fry for 1-2 minutes. 
  2. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli.  Sauté for 1 minute. 
  3. Add coriander and turmeric.  Sauté for a further 4 minutes 
  4. Add tomatoes and potatoes.  Add 400ml water, or enough to just cover the potatoes.  Cover and leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes. 
  5. Add spinach and allow to wilt. 
How to make Saag Aloo
Nutritional Information
This recipe serves 4, and each serving contains: 

Energy: 178kcal
Carbohydrate: 30g
Sugars: 6.7g
Protein: 6g
Fat: 4g
Saturated fat: 0.6g
Salt: 0.24g 

If eating with 180g cooked wholegrain rice, each serving will contain: 

Energy: 410kcal
Carbohydrate: 78g
Sugars: 6.9g
Protein: 13g
Fat: 6g
Saturated fat: 0.9g
Salt: 0.26g 


Ingredient Substitutes

Can’t find everything you need? Try these swaps:

  • Onions  – 1 cup of frozen, diced onion 
  • Garlic – 2 tsp frozen, chopped garlic 
  • Ginger – 2 tsp frozen, chopped ginger 
  • Chilli – chilli powder or chilli flakes, start off with ½ tsp and add more depending on how spicy you like it! 
  • Tomatoes – ½ tin chopped tomatoes
  • Potatoes – 500g (drained weight) tinned potatoes – these are already cooked so skip adding the 400ml water and simmering – add the spinach and wilt, then throw in the tinned potatoes at the end! 
  • Spinach – frozen spinach!