Saag aloo recipe

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Saag aloo is a simple recipe to make when you know how. With soft potatoes, spinach and spices combined, this dish is the perfect side to accompany a curry

Saag Aloo
  • Low-fat
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories174 Kcal9%
Sugar1 g1%
Fat8 g11%
Salt0.7 gRow 3 - Cell 2
Protein5 g10%
Carbohydrates21 g8%
Salt0.7 gRow 6 - Cell 2

Perfect this classic Indian side dish with our simple saag aloo recipe.

Saag aloo (meaning spinach and potato) is a delicious Indian side dish, often served with curry. Seasoned with black mustard seeds, grated ginger and turmeric, our version is packed with flavour and much healthier than your average Saturday night takeaway. We love saag aloo paired with a dhal, chicken curry or if you have leftovers, served as a light lunch with some cooling yoghurt. If you don't have ghee, don't worry. Vegetable oil does the job (and is a little healthier).


  • 2 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 level teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 level teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 level teaspoon turmeric
  • 500g potatoes, scrubbed and cut into chunks
  • 200-250g bag spinach leaves, washed
  • Salt




  1. Heat the ghee, or oil, in a pan and add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes over a medium heat, until it starts to soften. Add the garlic, chilli, ginger and spices and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add the potato to the pan and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the spinach and stir until it wilts into the mixture. Season the saag aloo with salt and serve.

Watch how to make saag aloo

Top tip for making saag aloo

If you don't have all the different spices, use a tablespoon of a medium curry paste instead.

How long can you keep saag aloo in the fridge?

You can keep this dish sealed in the fridge for about three day - so plenty of time to finish any leftovers. You can also freeze it. To reheat, either heat it in a microwave until piping hot, or heat in a pan on the hob. Add a little water to the pan if necessary to prevent it sticking.

What can you serve saag aloo with?

This dish goes brilliantly with any curry, and that's probably our favourite way to eat it. However, it's also great served as a more tapas-y style dish, with onion bhajis and samosas, plus a daal and maybe some chapati to dip in it.

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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies