How to Make a Simple Spinach (Palak) Curry

Updated on October 2, 2019
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I like to cook and eat natural, healthy, and tasty foods. I use minimal oil and don't use artificial colors or preservatives in my cooking.

Simple Spinach (Palak) Curry

Spinach (Palak) Is Loaded With Good Nutrients for Your Body

Whenever I see spinach in the market, I get excited. This is mainly because this veggie is packed with nutrients that are necessary for our body to function correctly. Additionally, it is a soft, colorful, and delicious vegetable that you can use to make a delightful curry.

Spinach is low in fat and has no cholesterol. It is high in fiber, protein, iron, niacin, zinc, vitamin A, folate, calcium, magnesium, copper, etc. In other words, it contains many wonderful vitamins and minerals that are useful for our bodies.

In this curry, I used tomato, onion, ginger, green chili, and various spices along with the spinach. In the last stage of cooking, I added some cream or yogurt, which gave a nice finish to this awesome side dish.

Serve this curry with roti, pulka, chapati, or any other Indian flatbread. Enjoy!

Now, let's take a look at the recipe.

5 stars for Spinach (Palak) Curry Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 2 tomatoes, medium-sized, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, medium-sized, chopped
  • 1/4 inch ginger, chopped
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 2 bunches or 2 heaped cups spinach(Palak), washed, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder, available in Indian stores
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder, available in Indian stores
  • 2 pinches turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream or yogurt, less sour
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • one pinch sugar, optional, to balance the sourness
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds

Instructions

  1. Place chopped tomatoes, onions, ginger, garlic, and green chilies into a mixer or blender. Grind them to get a smooth paste. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Throw in cumin seeds. Make them sizzle.
  3. Add tomato paste. Saute over low heat until the water evaporates.
  4. Next, add turmeric powder, garam masala powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, and salt. Saute for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Throw in chopped spinach. Stir-cook over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes. Next, add a half cup of water. Stir well.
  6. Cover the pan. Simmer for 5-6 minutes. By this time, spinach will have cooked nicely and blended with the spices.
  7. Add fresh cream or a less-sour yogurt. Add a pinch of sugar (optional). Mix well. Turn off the heat.
  8. Your favorite spinach curry is ready! Serve it with roti, chapati, rice, puri, etc. Enjoy this delicious combo!

Photo Instructions

Step one: Grind chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, and green chilies to make a paste.
Step one: Grind chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, and green chilies to make a paste.
Step two: Wash spinach and chop.
Step two: Wash spinach and chop.
Tomato paste
Tomato paste
Step three: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add cumin seeds. Make them sizzle.
Step three: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add cumin seeds. Make them sizzle.
Step four: Add tomato paste. Saute over medium-high heat until the water evaporates.
Step four: Add tomato paste. Saute over medium-high heat until the water evaporates.
Continue sauteing.
Continue sauteing.
Stirring the curry.
Stirring the curry.
Step five: Add turmeric powder, garam masala powder, red chili powder, and coriander powder. Mix well. Saute for 2 more minutes.
Step five: Add turmeric powder, garam masala powder, red chili powder, and coriander powder. Mix well. Saute for 2 more minutes.
Step six: Add salt. Throw in chopped spinach.
Step six: Add salt. Throw in chopped spinach.
Mix well. Stir-cook for 3-4 minutes over medium-high heat.
Mix well. Stir-cook for 3-4 minutes over medium-high heat.
Step seven: Add half a cup of water. Cover and simmer for 6 minutes. By this time, spinach will have cooked properly and blended with the spices.
Step seven: Add half a cup of water. Cover and simmer for 6 minutes. By this time, spinach will have cooked properly and blended with the spices.
Step eight: Add milk cream or a less-sour curd/yogurt. Stir well. Add a pinch of sugar (optional). Mix once. Turn off the heat.
Step eight: Add milk cream or a less-sour curd/yogurt. Stir well. Add a pinch of sugar (optional). Mix once. Turn off the heat.
Your favorite spinach curry is ready to serve!
Your favorite spinach curry is ready to serve!
Serve with chapati, roti, pulka, or rice.
Serve with chapati, roti, pulka, or rice.

Nutritional Information for Spinach (Palak) Curry

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 102
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 9 g3%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 68 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Comments

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  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

    ShailaSheshadri 

    4 weeks ago from Bengaluru

    Thanks, Aanvi for your interest in this recipe. It is delicious and nutritious. Moreover, making it is quick and easy.

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    Aanvi 

    4 weeks ago from United States

    Looks delicious. I enjoy eating palak. Thanks for sharing

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