Saag Aloo is one of our favourite curry side dishes, and this slimming-friendly oven baked version is perfect if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
This Saag Aloo is a lightened up version of a traditional spinach and potato Punjabi dish which is popular in takeaways across the UK. By removing the ghee (clarified butter) and oven baking the potato instead of frying you can enjoy Saag Aloo guilt free.
Though Saag Aloo is usually served as a side dish, you could add some extra ingredients and serve it as a main. How about some broccoli, and maybe chicken or Quorn? The choice is yours!
Sweet Potatoes are a great substitute in this recipe too, just reduce the cooking time slightly or chop larger cubes as they don’t take as long to cook as standard potatoes.
What about making yourself an Indian style banquet and serving up a whole range of sides along with this Saag Aloo?
Some crispy Onion Bhajis always go down a storm at our house and they make a great accompaniment to any curry dish.
Try these Samosas – they are great with a curry but are also perfect for parties and picnics!
Or maybe even pair this Saag Aloo recipe with these super tasty Chicken Tandoori Kebabs?
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What do I need to make this Saag Aloo recipe?
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This Saag Aloo recipe doesn’t require any special equipment or fancy ingredients!
It does use a few different spices, and if you are anything like us you may have an overstuffed spice rack with most of the ingredients in already.
If you want to get your herbs and spices under control, why not invest in a new rack? We like a spice rack with lots of tiers that can be mounted on the wall or the back of the door. This one is a great choice and you can purchase it on Amazon here.
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How many calories are in this Saag Aloo recipe?
This Saag Aloo recipe has 201 calories per portion. If you order it from the takeaway this dish can pack in as much as 450 calories and 24.4g of fat, making our Saag Aloo a great saving!
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Saag Aloo recipe?
This Saag Aloo recipe works out as 5 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion.
How do I make this Saag Aloo recipe?
Preheat your oven to 220ºC and chop the potatoes into cubes. Finely chop the onion.
Place the potatoes in a pan with water and parboil. They should be almost cooked through but still firm.
Drain the potatoes, add the chopped onion and sprinkle over the garam masala, onion granules, garlic granules, ginger, chilli powder, coriander, cumin and lime juice. Spray with low calorie cooking spray so that all the potatoes are coated.
Spray a baking tray or oven proof dish with low calorie cooking spray and spread the potatoes over the tray.
Put the potatoes into the middle of the hot oven for around 20 minutes, until the tops have coloured and look crispy. Flip the potatoes over and bake for a further 15 – 20 minutes.
Remove the potatoes from the oven and stir in the spinach while they are still hot so it wilts.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. An optional extra is to sprinkle over some fresh coriander before serving.
Can I freeze this Saag Aloo recipe?
This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
– Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough
– Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
– Defrost thoroughly before reheating.
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Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
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