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Pakistani saag aloo recipe

A bowl of curried spinach and potato chunks, served with chapati

Prep time
10 mins

Cooking time
25 mins

Super easy


  • 3 large bags (500g each) of baby spinach, washed and finely chopped
  • 30ml rapeseed oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 5 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 0.5 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, or 1 heaped teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 4 large potatoes, washed and cut into small cubes

Swap tip

To reduce the salt content of the dish, try swapping the salt for paprika or lemon juice.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis, per adult portion (¼ recipe)

  • 1,317kJ / 315kcal
  • 14.5g protein
  • 16.3g carbohydrate, of which 3.6g sugars
  • 10g fat, of which 0.9g saturates
  • 10.5g fibre
  • 1.25g salt


Heat the oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds, chopped onion and garlic, and fry until softened and starting to brown.


Add the chopped tomatoes and green chillies, and cook for another minute. Turn the heat down, add the cumin powder (if using) and turmeric, mix well and fry for a further minute.


Add the potato, and then the spinach a minute or 2 later. Stir well to coat the potato and spinach in the spices, then cover the pan and leave to cook on low for 10 to 15 minutes, until the potato is soft. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking.


Remove the lid and turn the heat up. Once the rest of the water has evaporated, turn off the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes.

Serve with chapatis and plain yoghurt.