Indian Spiced Dal and Sag Aloo for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in #SundaySupper, Simple Meals | 11 comments

Indian Spiced Dal and Sag Aloo for #SundaySupper

This #SundaySupper, we’re sharing everything that’s unprocessed, wholesome and good, hosted by Foodie Stuntman. You can indulge in any of the recipes this week, without a single artificial preservative in sight. I’m offering a couple of Indian side dishes, Spiced Dal and Sag Aloo. 

If you’re not from the UK, it may come as a surprise to know that we consider Indian food to be part of our national cuisine. In fact, chicken tikka masala was invented in Glasgow and is a classic British dish. But so often here, Indian dishes get a bit of a bad rap, because people just buy the lurid-toned, greasy curries from takeaways. 

Real Indian food is a world away from the processed stuff which comes in foil containers. A while ago, I got myself a great Indian recipe book and since then, I’ve been delving into a world of beguiling spices, fresh vegetables, pulses and beans. Knowing how to make a few basic sauces, curries and side dishes has opened up a whole world of flavours. I love how curries can be creamy and rich, spicy and tomato-y, fragrant and light, and how there is the perfect accompaniment to each main dish.

Dal and Sag Aloo

So for this unprocessed #SundaySupper, I had to share something Indian. I settled on two side dishes, Spiced Dal and Sag Aloo, because they are versatile basics, which you can partner with many curries, or simply just dig into for a light dinner. 

Dal simply refers to a split pulse, often lentils, but since I had some yellow split peas hanging about in the cupboard, I went with those. It’s a warming, fragrant, lightly spiced dish, which is cooked until the pulses/peas have softened and fattened, taking in all the flavour of your stock. 

Sag Aloo is an Indian classic of potatoes and spinach, made with tender new potatoes, warming, bright spices, and fresh, young spinach leaves. Though it’s not entirely traditional, I also added some finely chopped fresh chilli for an extra burst of colour and spice. 

These dishes are very economical to make, mostly using store-cupboard basics, plus you can stretch them out over several meals, by partnering them with rice, curry, naan, or even just a few veggies. I hope you enjoy foraying into this British-Indian unprocessed loveliness as much as I do!

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Indian Spiced Dal and Sag Aloo
Serves 4
Two healthy, wholesome and delicious Indian side dishes
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Cook Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
For the Dal
  1. 200g yellow split peas/split lentils, rinsed and soaked for at least 30 mins
  2. 1/2 a large onion
  3. 1 clove garlic
  4. 2 tbsps tomato passata (homemade, or shop-bought with no added ingredients)
  5. 1/2 tsp each of garam masala & cumin seeds
  6. 1 tsp each of tumeric and dried chilli flakes
  7. 1/2 a fresh red chilli, finely chopped
  8. 1 tbsp cooking oil
  9. 500ml water
For the Sag Aloo
  1. 500g new potatoes
  2. 50g fresh spinach
  3. 1 tsp each of tumeric & cumin seeds
  4. 1/2 tsp each of dried coriander & ground ginger
  5. 1/2 a red chilli, finely chopped
  6. 1 tbsp butter
For the Dal
  1. Finely chop the onion and garlic, and heat the oil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Fry the onion and garlic with the all the spices, except the fresh chilli, until tender.
  3. Drain the peas and add to the pan along with the water.
  4. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 30 mins, or until all the water is absorbed.
  5. Stir in the fresh chilli and tomato passata.
  6. Remove from the heat, allow to stand for a minute, and serve.
For the Sag Aloo
  1. Chop the potatoes into halves or quarters, depending on their size.
  2. Place into a large saucepan and cover with water.
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 minutes until tender.
  4. Drain the potatoes and set to one side.
  5. In a large frying pan, heat the butter, add the spices and chilli and allow to sizzle for a minute.
  6. Add the potatoes and stir around to coat them in the spice mixture.
  7. Stir in the spinach until it just begins to wilt.
  8. Serve straight away.
  1. Natural yoghurt with some finely chopped fresh coriander stirred in makes for a great, simple condiment to these dishes.
Happy Baking Days
Indian Sag Aloo

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  1. I’ll take 2 helpings of both of them. I love Indian food.
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  2. Oh this looks so warm and inviting!
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  3. I know very little about Indian food except that I’d love to try your recipes!!!

  4. I’m not very familiar with authentic Indian cuisine so thank you for introducing me to this!
    DB-The Foodie Stuntman @ Crazy Foodie Stunts recently posted..Autumn Panzanella for an Unprocessed #SundaySupperMy Profile

  5. Lentils are one of my favorite vegetarian proteins. Can’t wait to try this new way to cook them!
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  6. Yummmmmy comfort food à la Katy! Very interesting indeed that chicken tikka masala was created in Glasgow!!! Spinach and potatoes with a bit of mustard (turmeric) may just be on tonight’s menu! Thank you for sharing your recipes =)

  7. Yummy!! Curry is always tops on our list
    Sarah recently posted..Black Bean and Corn Salsa #SundaySupper UnprocessedMy Profile

  8. Sounds delicious! I’ll have to delve into this a bit more myself. I love to use curry in soups and for roast veggies.
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  9. I have never made my own Indian food at home. Clearly, I need to change this!
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  10. Loved reading about this–what a cool idea, that it’s part of the national cuisine! I’m loving the recipe and your blog as well–incredibly cute, happy layout! Great to meet you through Sunday Supper–cheers!
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  11. These dishes are now on my must try Indian flavors list!
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