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Aloo Saag in a serving bowl ready to be put on the table

Nepali Aloo Saag Recipe

This simple to make one pot meal is often served over rice and is popular in the Himalaya.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine Nepalese, Nepali
Servings 4 people


  • 3 tbsp mustard oil
  • small pinch fenugreek seeds
  • large pinch thyme seeds
  • small pinch hing
  • 1 whole dried red chili
  • 2 small potatoes (2-3" each)
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 8 oz spinach (can add more if you like)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 small tomatoes (plum size)



  • In a small bowl, combine fenugreek, thyme seeds, and hing.
  • Remove the stem from the dried red chili but keep the rest whole.
  • Cut the potatoes into ½ inch cubes.
  • Cut the spinach into strips (around ½ inch wide). If you are using baby spinach, you don't need to cut them up.
  • Cut the tomatoes into eighths.


  • Add 3 tbsp of mustard seed oil to a wok or nonstick fry pan. Heat the oil on medium high heat.
  • Once hot, add the fenugreek, thyme seeds, and hing. Let the fenugreek get light brown and add the whole chili. Fry until the fenugreek turns dark brown.
  • Add the two potatoes (be careful of the oil spraying) and mix them in the oil. Then add the turmeric. Fry for 3 minutes with the lid on and stir occasionally.
  • Add the spinach and fry for 2 minutes (uncovered) while stirring regularly.
  • Add two cups of water and the salt. Put the lid on and let boil for 10 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes. Continue to boil with the lid on for 4 minutes.
  • Using the back of a large metal spoon/cooking utensil mush the potatoes and the tomatoes. They should begin to dissolve into the sauce.
  • If the water has evaporated, you can add half a cup more, however if it still has enough liquid to be soupy, then it's not necessary to add any extra. Turn the heat down to low and simmer with the lid on for 6 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and let sit for 3 minutes before serving.
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