Indian Spinach (Saag)

Indian Spinach (ITALIC "Saag"] Recipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Dan Becker
Saag, a traditional north Indian dish of long-cooked spinach and spices, gets a makeover in this quick and lightened up version.


Serves 4

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Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 183
Caloriesfromfat 43 %
Protein 12 g
Fat 8.9 g
Satfat 1.9 g
Carbohydrate 18 g
Fiber 6.3 g
Sodium 682 mg
Cholesterol 3.8 mg


1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 pounds spinach leaves, chopped
1 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon kosher salt


In a 6- to 8-qt. pot, cook onion in oil over medium heat until softened, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add ginger and spices and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Working in batches, stir in spinach and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in yogurt and salt. Serve with steamed basmati rice and warm naan (Indian flatbread).

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 1/2-cup serving.

Liz Prescott, Denver,


July 2010
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