Monday, 16 May 2011

Spinach Curry with Jersey Royal Potatoes (Saag Aloo)



I used to think potatoes were just potatoes. Actually, back in Singapore where potatoes aren't the staple starch, we only distinguish potatoes into 2 categories: the mushy kind and the waxy kind (i.e. kan-dang). Then I came to London and met King Edward (the potato), Maris Piper, Desiree, Charlotte and too many other members of the potato family.

Now that it's spring, the salad new potatoes are at their prime season, the most coveted of them all being the Jersey Royals. The name speaks for itself. It's a kind of new potato grown only on the rich fertile island of Jersey, and hence, is rich and full of flavour. I think the simplest way to enjoy them is just to wash them, don't peel them because the flavour's (and nutrients') in the skins, boil/steam them, and then just eat them as they are with a dollop of butter.


But just to spice things up a bit, I also made Saag Aloo with the Jersey Royals that I got.

Saag Aloo
Make Saag Recipe Number 1, but add 300g steamed/boiled and drained new potatoes (whole or halved, unpeeled) at step 5 and fry the potatoes with the spices for a few minutes before adding the spinach and cream.


The savoury spinach curry goes really well with the creaminess of the Jersey Royals with that background of spices. Both vegetables are in their prime right now, so I think I'll be making a lot more of this (:

10 comments:

  1. Oh sounds delicious! Have a nice day

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  2. Too bad I am not a fan of potatoes, but I am bookmarking your page for more goodies from you too:) Nice to meet you!

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  3. My all time fav, though I make dry version more along with lentils and rice.Love how fresh your curry looks!

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  4. The dry version probably is more authentic haha! but it's ok, I really do love saag curry(:

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  5. Hi Shu Han!

    Made saag palak last evening ... so good! Am posting on leftovers today and will be linking to your blog ... just to let you know. That was a killer recipe!

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  6. I am honoured and happy that you linked up my blog! thanks! I'm glad you liekd it (:

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  7. That's some deeply vibrant green saag there. Looks damn fresh! :)
    Sweet Greetings,
    Pierre

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  8. Lovely combination! I love Saag aloo

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  9. Thank you for entering this into Simple and in Season!

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  10. Hey. I'm located in Singapore and I'm trying to make chips. I looking for Maris piper or king Edward potatoes specifically, any idea if I can get these in singapore, or if there are worthy substitutes?

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