What better way to keep warm through the cold snap than warm, gently spiced spinach and potatoes. I made this along with Paneer Masala as a homecoming treat for my daughter who is quickly realising that it is true what people say when they claim “it’s grim up north”.
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
3-4 medium potatoes – peeled and diced
3-4 handfuls of spinach – well washed
1 onion – finely chopped
3 cloves garlic – finely chopped
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1 teaspoon salt
cayenne pepper/chili powder (quantity depends how hot you like it)
1 teaspoon garam masala
Bring a pan on water to the boil, add the diced potato and boil for about 5 minutes until just tender. Drain and leave to cool.
Wilt the spinach in the microwave for 2-3 minutes on in a saucepan with a lid. Squeeze as much liquid out as possible then chop roughly.
Heat the oil in a large pan or wok. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds then the onion and garlic. Fry over a medium to high heat until the onion starts to brown. Add the spinach and fry for a further 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Now add the potatoes, salt, chili powder and garam masala. Stir well, reduce the heat and cook gently with a lid on until the potatoes and cooked through.