30 September 2011

Recipe: Aloo Palak

Aloo PaWHAT? I know. I'm not trying to sound exotic or epicurious or anything. I just happen to have a big thing for spinach. I never met a spinach I didn't like! I whine on a regular basis that McDonald's doesn't have McSpinach Pie or Spinach McBalls. Well, McBalls might need a little work. But you get the idea. Me + Spinach=spinachy love child.

Here is my spinachy love child from last week.

Aloo Palak

Aloo Palak
serves 4ish

A giant amount of fresh spinach (I used 2 colander's full)
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 jalapeƱo, chopped

Put this all in a big fry pan and cook it until the spinach and onions are soft and smooshy. You'll need to add the gobs and gobs of spinach in a couple batches. Turn off the heat until the potatoes are done.

5-6 potatoes good for boiling

Peel and cut the potatoes up. Boil them in salted water for about 10 minutes, depending on how small you cut them.

Now add a ladle of the potato water to the spinach mixture and blend it up. If you have an immersion blender you can do it right in the pan! Best Christmas present ever!

Add the potato chunks and the following to the pan, heat up again and serve:

2-3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1-2 teaspoon garam masala
2 tablespoons heavy cream

It turned out I was able to make this all out of our CSA veggie box! That was very exciting since usually I am emailing pictures of stuff to my dad or twitter OH HELP WHAT THE HELL IS THIS. But then I got a box full of spinach and potatoes and I did a little dance.

I used to read this (now defunct) blog that ended every recipe with "Will they eat it?" referring to her two kids. I always liked that. So I will copy it.

Will They Eat It?

Short answer: No.

Analysis: I think it needs better marketing. For example "Shrek Palak" might work, since it is kind of swampy looking. Give my ogre horns a toot and serve up some supper! But primarily I have trouble pitting anything against one of their favoritist foods in the whole wide world, RICE. And in this case, there was naan bread too, another big favorite (from Costco, I might add! Costco is for you! Hey!). So basically they had white rice, white bread, and white milk for supper. But there was a Tinkerbell multi-vitamin too so that makes me a good mom.


  1. Tooo Spaaiiisy (hard to spell hick accent)

  2. I tried to write out AWOOOOOOO! for the ogre horn but that too does not translate well to type.