Monday, March 22, 2010

Yukon Gold and Baby Spinach Masala

I used some microwave steamable yukon gold potatoes so this came together really quickly. Never shying away from spice, we took it a little too far and used a habanero with some hot mango chutney on the side. It was very good but maybe a little too spicy. Still edible. My problem with these kinds of curries is that they're all tasting the same lately and I want to find good recipes that are set apart from the rest. This was good but we won't make it again.


Yukon Gold and Baby Spinach Masala
Vegetarian Times, April 2009

Why Yukon gold potatoes? Because their creamy but firm texture make them a perfect fit for stews, plus the tender skin doesn’t need to be peeled. Serve with steamed rice, and a sweet-and-sour chutney, such as Fresh Mango Chutney on

2 Tbs. canola oil
1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (4 cups)
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced (11/2 cups)
3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
1 jalapeño chile,finely chopped (1 Tbs.)
1 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1 13.5-oz. can light coconut milk
1 6-oz. bag baby spinach
1 1/2 tsp. garam masala
1 Tbs. lime juice
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1. Steam potatoes in steamer basket set over simmering water 10 minutes, or until just tender.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 8 minutes, or until soft and golden. Add garlic, ginger, and jalapeño, and sauté 1 minute, or until fragrant. Stir in coriander, cumin, and turmeric. Add steamed potatoes, and sauté 1 to 2 minutes, to coat with spices. Add coconut milk and 1/4 cup water, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 5 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken.

3. Stir in spinach, garam masala, and 1/4 cup water, and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or
until spinach is wilted. Stir in lime juice and cilantro.

Yield: 4 servings

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