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Easy Palak Alu (Spinach and Potatoes)

What you need: 

4-5 medium potatoes, 1-2" cubes
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
dash cayenne
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
3/4 cup water

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place potatoes in 2 quart casserole dish. Add oil and spices and mix together.
2. Add spinach to potatoes. Mix.
3. Add water, cover and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour (until potatoes are tender).
The amount of salt in this recipe may seem like alot, but don't cut back the amount as it is crucial to the flavor.

Preparation Time: 
15-20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
6-8

SO HOW'D IT GO?

This recipe is AMAZING! I added ~1 cup coconut milk to make it really creamy and it tasted exactly like the stuff at the restaurant I always go to (well, used to go to, now that I make this every week!).

Thanks!

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Awesome!
I made this as a side dish for Easter dinner and everyone loved it!
I used only half of the recommended curry (the main dish was a curry dish) and just sprinkled with salt.
I can't wait to eat leftovers!

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Is everyone using Indian chili powder and not the more commonly found Mexican chili powder in this dish?

Indian chili powder is pure ground chili, orders of magnitude hotter than Mexican. 2 tablespoons would make for a pretty hot dish in my experience (although I love hot-spicy food).

I keep both chili powders on hand and my spinach is thawing. So which chili powder is making this dish so yummy?   ???

I actually never thought of that.  I have used Mexican style chili powder when i make it and i've had excellent results.

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I cut this recipe in half, and put two garlic cloves (chopped roughly) instead of garlic powder. I also used veggie broth instead of water -- and used the full amount for half the recipe. I checked it when there were about five minutes left to cook -- there was still quite a bit of liquid left, so I uncovered it, and it was great. -- oh, I also just put a dash of sea salt in it.
All-in-all I think it was a good recipe, though I do think it was missing something. I'll definitely be making it again, and playing around with the spices.

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Is everyone using Indian chili powder and not the more commonly found Mexican chili powder in this dish?

Indian chili powder is pure ground chili, orders of magnitude hotter than Mexican. 2 tablespoons would make for a pretty hot dish in my experience (although I love hot-spicy food).

I keep both chili powders on hand and my spinach is thawing. So which chili powder is making this dish so yummy?  ???

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geez this was good! this was my first attempt to make anything "indian" and i had no idea how easy it would be. i recommend this recipe BIG TIME!

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Very delicious, though I also altered the recipe. Used one regular potato and two sweet potatoes, fresh spinach, fresh garlic, half an onion, and added a can of black beans after it was cooked. I didn't measure anything so I'm not sure the amount of spices I added, but it definitely had some kick. Very yummy, I will make this again!

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I was already halfway done with the recipe before I noticed that I didn't have curry powder. I just put 1 Tbsp turmeric, 2 tsp of cumin, upped the Cayenne a tiny bit. I also reduced the salt to 1 tsp.
I would like to try this recipe again with the curry powder to see what that tastes like, but was more than happy with how it turned out my way and will definitely make it again.
Oh yeah, and didn't have garlic powder so I just minced 3 cloves of fresh garlic.

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my boyfriend and I didn't like this much.  Not sure if I messed something up? I ended up cutting the salt (it was still salty,but not too much) and I didn't drain my spinach.  It turned out very dry, but I live in Nevada and everything is dry here so maybe I should try again with more liquid? I also thought the amount of curry powder was just a little too much for our tastes.  I will try this again, and make a few alterations. This one has potential.

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Very tasty! I used fresh spinach, and only a pinch of salt.  I also added some dairy free cheese sauce mix to make it a bit creamier.

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