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4/18 - Indian-Style Spinach and Potatoes

I was wondering how I could work spinach into my dinner tonight when I came across this recipe on VegWeb. Indian + potatoes + pretty much anything = delicious, but it seemed a bit bland with just curry powder to season it so I used it as a base for this similarly-named but differently-spiced dish.

I cubed and boiled some Yukon Gold potatoes, and when they were done I heated a little less than a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan. In went about 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp cumin, a little less than 1/2 tsp coriander and garam masala, 1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes, and, yes, 1/2 tsp of curry powder. I stirred it a round for a few seconds until the mustard seeds started popping, and then added roughly half a bunch of thinly sliced fresh spinach (I got to chiffonade! Yessss.) and cooked it until it started to wilt.

Then I added the cooked potatoes and about 1/3 cup of tomato puree. It all got stirred around until the spinach was sufficiently cooked and slightly "creamed" from the tomato puree and potato starches. And then of course it got the requisite waterfall of salt and a smidge of pepper. We had it with some onion naan, and I have to say that it was pretty damn good.

Easy. Tasty. Nutritious. A++.

MMM. That sounds mighty tasty! There is also the Spinach + Chickpea Curry in VWaV...I have become OBSESSED with baby spinach salads lately. I found a small market near my place that sells a colossal bag of loose baby spinach for 99 cents and it lasts me about 7-8 big salads with various other things in them like mandarin oranges, slivered almonds, sweet potatoes, avocado, etc, and usually I make a red wine vinegar, agave nectar and olive oil dressing (1/2 tbsp each). SO GOOD!

vegancore that sounds and looks pretty damn excellent! I actually had dissapointing indian food for lunch, so this food porn is what I needed.

kat - I'm always eyeing that curry, but I've never made it. You get an awesome deal on spinach... a huge bag of baby spinach is almost 5 dollars at my farmer's market. Ye gods!

jess - Aww, sub-par Indian food is such a let down. I was crushed to discover that the only Indian restaurant here in Lancaster is pretty mediocre. :(

It looks delicious...but umm, that amount of spice would,unfortunately, sentence me to spending the night in my bathroom:)

yumm.. indian food.. i wanna go back home and eat some totally punk rock food cooked by mom!!

grace - Oh, that's terrible. I live for spicy food. I think spinach, potato, and tomato is pretty hard combo to screw up no matter how you spice it, though. :)

kunsjoi - Ha, your mom must be awesome! Mine does not cook anything resembling punk rock food.

I think I know what I'm having for dinner tonight. . . .

Awesome! I hope you like it. :)

Mmmm...sounds yummy and easy. I love that combo. Too bad I'm booked through Saturday and will have approximately zero time for cooking :(

Ok, you've convinced me. I haven't done anything ethnic yet but your pics make it look so good.

Can you tell me the name of the indian market out buy you(or directions from 30 or a phone number)? I'd like to go check it out.

shananigans - Man, I hate not having time for cooking. Bummer. :(

jessiegirl - Ethnic, especially Indian, is totally the way to go. In my opinion, anyway. It's spoiled me for bland food. :) The PPK's red lentil dhal would be a good one to start with. Soooo good.

The Indian market is called Ohm Indian Grocery and it's super easy to find. It's right on the Fruitville Pike, in a little plaza just before this creepy ass cafe called Chuckles. I don't know specific directions from 30 but there should be a Fruitville Pike exit, and the Indian grocery is toward the city rather than away from it. If you go there you'll be less than 5 minutes from my house! We should have lunch. I promise I'm not actually a 50 year old pervert. Or am I? No, I'm seriously not.

I'm from mumbai, india.. and most moms in india cook punk rock food. :D .. if u eva visit india the best food u will get is at someones home!! I have made 3 india trips in past 3 years.. and the only thing I do when I go back is eat... 4 meals a day minimum.. and once it went upto 7 meals a day.. and these are proper heavy meals :D :p .. fun days!

I bet the boy will be happy to hear you are not a fifty year old pervert. ;)

We'll have to make plans sometime soon.

Hey! Just wanted to say thanx! Tried the recipe with a few changes.. added an onion and skipped the curry powder, added a dash of lemon. turned out wow! Took less than 15 mins and inspite of a yowling baby in the background, it has lifted my spirits and appetite :-D.. thx again!

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