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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hello-o-o Aloo!

It's Saturday night and I have to admit, I'm really pleased with myself. I just made a great meal for dinner. If you like Indian food, you're fond of spinach and potatoes, you're insecure about cooking, or heck, you're just hungry.... this is your lucky day. I got this recipe from my new issue of Vegetarian Times... thanks again to Steph and Claire for the birthday gift that keeps on giving!

P.S. I think this recipe would be the perfect "I'm-tired-from-work-and-don't-know-what-to-make-and-don't-want-to-have-fast-food-or-breakfast-for-dinner-AGAIN" sort of meal. And the leftovers would be delicious.
Aloo Palak (Spinach & Potatoes)
serve 4 | vegan | gluten-free

Two 10-oz pkg of frozen spinach (or 1 16 oz. bag of frozen Trader Joe's spinach), thawed, drained, liquid reserved

2-3 medium potatoes (I used Yukon gold), cubed

2 tb garlic powder

2 tb curry powder

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp salt

cayenne pepper if you want

3/4 c light coconut milk (again, at Trader Joe's)

Preheat oven to 425 F. Stir together spinach, 3/4 cup spinach liquid, potatoes, garlic & curry powders, cumin, and salt right in the 9 x 9 baking dish.

Cover with foil, bake 45 minutes.

Start pot of brown rice then as well.

When done, remove from oven. Stir in coconut milk and transfer to serving bowl.

I topped mine with some apple/cranberry chutney and roasted cashews. Na'an bread would have been terrific as well. I bet you could easily make this with several additions or variations:
  • cauliflower
  • tofu
  • squash
  • fried egg
  • slices of garlic
  • onion, roughly cut
Tell me how it goes.


  1. Do you think I can make this on the stove (we don't have an oven)? Do you think I can find coconut milk in Mexico? Do you think I can get my kids to eat it?? I'll let you know!

  2. Yes on the stove: Just put a tight lid on the pot and cook on low heat...

    Bring some cans of Trader Joe's coconut milk with you?

    It's so good... if they don't eat it, you get it all to yourself.

  3. Bringing cans of coconut milk is NOT consistent with onebag.com travel lifestyle! Plus, we're already here. I will look around. And yes, having it all to myself would be a definite advantage. (Full disclosure: we did check two bags out of six. And they made it.)

  4. Just have to say, I love this dish... making it now as I type.... well, its cooking while I type. LOVE YA!

  5. I love that you're using this a year later! It's a definite keeper.