Posted on: October 2, 2021 Posted by: Joven Comments: 0

This classic Aloo Palak features fork-tender potatoes in a smooth, lightly spiced creamy spinach sauce. It’s a flavorful spinach curry that is ready to enjoy in less than an hour, and pairs great with rice and any number of sides. Here you’ll find step-by-step photos and instructions for how to make a delicious aloo palak at home!

aloo palak garnished with ginger julienne in a white bowl on a blue green white cotton napkin

About This Aloo Palak

There are several different types of fantastic palak-based dishes that I like to make. The word palak means “spinach” in Hindi, so these dishes always include some form of fresh green spinach. Therefore, palak recipes tend to be wonderfully flavorful and even healthy. The word ‘aloo’ refers to potatoes.

I have shared many of my favorite spinach recipes, such as this dry Palak Sabzi and Palak Khichdi. However, I do prefer richer palak recipes that have a smooth sauce or gravy.

This Aloo Palak is similar to Palak Paneer, that is made with cubes of paneer (Indian cottage cheese), but instead has tender pieces of boiled potatoes. So it’s a hearty, flavorful, and super comforting vegetarian dish!

To give the lightly spiced curry a hint of sweet and nutty flavor, I add a bit of gram flour (besan). Feel free to include in your version as well, or use maize flour (makai ka atta) for the same bit of sweetness.

If you are not fond of potatoes, then choose to omit them and make a simple spinach curry without them using this recipe as base. Or feel free to add in your preferred veggies.

Make a batch in less than an hour and pair with classic Punjabi sides for a satisfying dinner any night of the week!

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Aloo Palak

Cook Potatoes (Aloo)

1. First, boil or steam 3 medium sized potatoes in a stovetop pressure cooker or steamer or a pan. You can also steam them in the Instant Pot.

Rinse the potatoes very well in water. Place them in a 2 litre stovetop pressure cooker and add enough water to cover them completely.

On medium heat pressure cook for about 7 to 8 minutes or until the potatoes are softened and fork-tender. Make sure not to overcook potatoes as they will fall apart when cooking later.

When the pressure drops down on its own in the cooker then only open the lid. Drain all the water and set the potatoes aside.

Note that you can also use 20 to 25 baby potatoes instead of regular potatoes.

boiled potatoes in cooker

2. When warm or cool, peel and quarter or dice the boiled potatoes. Set aside covered.

peeled and diced boiled potatoes

Blanch and Puree Spinach (Palak)

3. Rinse 1 bunch of palak leaves or spinach (200 grams) a couple of times in water, and then drain the water very well. Make sure to clean the leaves and stems thoroughly.

If the stems are tender, then add them. If they are fibrous and stringy, then discard them.

rinsing spinach leaves

4. In a pan, boil 2 to 3 cups of water with a generous pinch of salt.

water boiling in a steel pan

5. When the water comes to a boil, then switch off the heat and immediately add the spinach leaves into the hot water.

spinach leaves blanching in hot water

6. Cover with a lid and blanch the palak in hot water for 1 minute.

pan covered with lid

7. Drain and immediately place the palak leaves in cold water for 1 minute. You can add few ice cubes to make the water cold.

spinach leaves in cold water in a white bowl

8. Drain the water again. Then add the drained spinach and 1 to 2 green chilies (1 teaspoon green chillies or serrano pepper) to a grinder or blender.

Puree until smooth and set aside. You don’t need to add any water while blending the blanched spinach.

spinach puree in a blender

9. Measure out the remaining ingredients, and set to the side. You’ll be adding these very quickly to a hot pan, so it’s best to have everything prepped and ready to go beforehand.

ingredients for aloo palak prepped in white bowls

Sautéing Aromatics

10. Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee (clarified butter), oil, or butter in a pan or kadai (wok). Keep the heat to a low.

ghee in a pan

11. Add 1 small tej patta (Indian bay leaf), 3 cloves and 1 broken cinnamon stick to the hot ghee.

whole spices in pan

12. Fry the spices until they become aromatic on a low heat and make sure they do not burn.

spices frying in ghee

13. Add ⅓ to ½ cup of chopped onions.

onions in pan

14. Sauté stirring often on a low to medium-low heat until the onion turns light brown.

light golden onions in pan

15. Now add 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste.

ginger garlic paste with the sautéed onions

16. Sauté for some seconds or until the raw aroma of ginger and garlic goes away.

ginger garlic mixed with the onions

17. Add ½ cup chopped tomatoes.

tomatoes in pan

18. Sauté stirring often until the tomatoes become soft and mushy. The oil should start separating from the sides of the mixture.

tomatoes cooked until soft and mushy

19. Now add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing). Omit asafoetida if you do not have it.

ground spices added to tomatoes

20. Stir for 5 to 10 seconds.

ground spices mixed with tomatoes

Make Spinach Curry

21. Now add the prepared spinach or palak puree to the pan.

spinach puree being added

22. Stir to combine and mix evenly.

spinach puree mixed with the rest of the sautéed ingredients

23. Add 1.5 tablespoon besan (gram flour) or 1.5 tablespoon maize flour (makai ka atta). You can swap gram flour with chickpea flour.

gram flour being added

24. Stir with a wired whisk or a wooden spatula so that the besan dissolves and there are no lumps. 

Alternatively, you dissolve the besan in 3 to 4 tablespoons water and make a smooth paste first. Then add this paste to the palak mixture.

gram flour mixed with spinach puree

25. Add 1 cup of water or as required. You can adjust the consistency by adding more or less water.

water being poured

26. Mix to combine to make a smooth gravy or sauce.

water mixed with spinach puree

27. Add salt and mix well again.

salt being added with a measuring spoon

28. Simmer the gravy or sauce, until the spinach is cooked.

simmering spinach sauce to make aloo palak

29. The spinach curry or gravy will slightly thicken as it simmers. Once you get to the desired consistency and if you simply want to make a spinach curry, then stop at this step – serve the spinach curry garnished with ginger julienne.

At this point if making a simple spinach curry, you can opt to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of light cream or cooking cream. Mix the cream with the rest of the curry.

spinach curry or sauce slightly thickened

Make Aloo Palak

30. Next add the cooked potatoes.

diced boiled potatoes added to spinach sauce

31. Gently stir. You don’t want to break the potatoes apart.

potatoes mixed with spinach gravy or sauce

32. Simmer the aloo palak curry for 2 to 3 minutes more, until the color of the spinach changes from vibrant to a more deep, earthy green.

aloo palak cooking in pan

33. Sprinkle in ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala powder and ½ teaspoon crushed kasuri methi leaves (dry fenugreek leaves).

Omit the dry fenugreek leaves if you do not have it on hand.

garam masala and dry fenugreek leaves added to aloo palak

34. Stir and cook the aloo palak gravy for another minute.

garam masala and dry fenugreek mixed with aloo palak curry

35. If you like, garnish aloo palak with a bit of julienned fresh ginger.

ginger julienne or thin ginger sticks on aloo palak gravy

36. Serve Aloo Palak hot or warm with some roti or paratha or naan or cumin rice or saffron rice or tandoori roti.

aloo palak garnished with ginger julienne in a white bowl on a blue green white cotton napkin


What should I serve with aloo palak?

You can serve the curry by itself in a bowl, or ladle over steamed white rice, Saffron Rice, or cumin rice. Enjoy with roti or Tandoori Roti, paratha, or Naan. And it pairs deliciously with other refreshing sides, like Onion salad and cucumber salad.

How do I make a non-vegan version of aloo palak?

If you prefer to have a richer and creamier curry, you can add a bit of dairy cream to the dish. Sub some of the water added in step #27 with the cream to taste and desired consistency.

How long will leftovers keep well?

I personally like to enjoy aloo palak the same day it is made. However, leftovers will keep well in the refrigerator for 1 day. Let the curry cool, then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.

More Tasty Recipes To Try!

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This aloo palak features fork-tender potatoes in a smooth, lightly spiced creamy spinach sauce. It’s a flavorful spinach curry that pairs great with rice and with sides like roti, naan or paratha.

Prep Time 25 mins

Cook Time 20 mins

Total Time 45 mins

Servings 4

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This aloo palak post from the archives (June 2013) has been republished and updated on 2 October 2021.

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