Easy slow cooker saag aloo

Easy slow cooker saag aloo

I’ve been totally obsessed with spinach lately (much to the annoyance of my fiancé, who isn’t a fan – I know, I’m the worst girlfriend ever). So much so that I think I’m going to have to ban myself from buying any more for the next couple of weeks. It’s just so versatile – eat it in burgers, stick it in soup, use it to make pesto… this time I made saag aloo, an Indian spinach and potato curry.

Saag aloo isn’t tricky to make at the best of times, but I decided to make it even more super simple (read: for lazy people) by using my slow cooker. The best bit is that, like most of my other slow cooker recipes, it requires no pre-cooking whatsoever. I really don’t see the point of spending ten minutes at the hob before you even get to the slow cooker – by the time you’ve dirtied some pans and spoons, you may as well have cooked the whole meal on your stovetop. No, this recipe is for those days where you literally want to dump everything in the pot and return to your dent in the sofa.

I’m sure even the busiest of us have five minutes to spare to peel a few potatoes.

Easy slow cooker saag aloo

By the way, the usual disclaimer: I have no idea how authentically Indian this recipe is. Chances are, not very. But, it does the job – it’s easy to make, it’s healthy, and it tastes great – so I don’t really think I mind either way.

Since this dish lacks a protein element, it’s often served as a side dish. We had ours alongside a curry and some naan bread – it was a bit of a feast but it was awesome. If you’d rather have it on its own, you could always stir in some tinned chickpeas for the last hour or so of cooking time.

Oh, by the way, it’s vegan too! Told you I’d changed!

Easy slow cooker saag aloo

Easy slow cooker saag aloo
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Recipe type: Side dish
Yield: 3-4
  • 650g potatoes
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced
  • 50ml water
  • ½ vegetable stock cube, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp hot chilli powder
  • Black pepper
  • 250g fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into chunks measuring about an inch. Add them to the slow cooker (mine's a 3.5 litre one) along with the sliced onion, water, crumbled stock cube, oil, spices, and plenty of black pepper. Top with a couple of big handfuls of fresh spinach - however much you can easily fit in your slow cooker. I couldn't fit all of the spinach in, so I came back and added the rest about an hour into the cooking time, once it had wilted down and created some space.
  2. Cook on medium (or high if you don't have a medium setting) for around 3 hours, until the potato is soft - stir every hour or so to scrape down the sides. The exact cooking time will depend on exactly how big you cut your potato chunks.

Easy slow cooker saag aloo

If you love spinach and Indian flavours but fancy something a bit different, try my saag paneer puffs with mango dipping sauce:

Saag paneer puffs


  1. Angrboda says

    My Husband cooks this dish regularly. It’s one of my favourites out of his recipe book of Indian vegetarian dishes. We tend to have curry-Saturdays since he bought that book. I didn’t know this was its proper name though. He cooked it week before last actually, I believe. :)

    We always have it with some sort of pilau rice. I think he’s got a couple that he switches between. And poppadoms too. How did you serve yours?

      • Angrboda says

        We just get them at the supermarket in a box of ten and then he fries them in oil. (Makes a bit of an oil-mess sometimes, but it’s usually worth it.)

        • Grace says

          You can actually microwave poppadoms. I know it sounds weird!! Actually saw it on Jamie’s 15 minute meals. Just use a jug or bowl and place the poppadoms standing up (if possible)and microwave for 1-2 minutes until puffed up. Now they will smell a little funky but trust me they’re good!! Let them cool down and then eat.
          I was skeptical at first because I worked in an Indian restaurant for 4 years and am used to deep fried poppadoms. But I have been converted!! They are way healthier too :D

          Try it next time with just one and see what you think :)

  2. popkornblanc says

    Hi there, just wondering what if for those who doesnt own a slow cooker ( like me :P) any alterntaive ways of slow cooking it? possible to do it in the oven ?

  3. Cathy says

    These look delicious! Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific week!

  4. Luisa Browning says

    Made this last night and really loved it. It was just as easy as you promised. However, I am a really lazy cook, so I used baby spinach to avoid having to chop the spinach. Thanks for a great recipe!

  5. says

    We love Indian food but I am always looking for easy ways to prepare and cook it.
    This recipe was brilliant…….so easy to prepare and cook and the taste was outstanding.
    We will be using it again and passing it on.

  6. Colleen says

    I am making this now! I added a can of chopped tomatoes and used baby spinach, to avoid chopping. It will slow cook for 8 hours with chicken. I have tried to make saag before, and never succeeded. I am thinking about adding coconut milk at the end to to sweeten it up.

  7. PJH says

    I made this tonight to go along with chicken baked in Indian spices. I added the chickpeas so my vegetarian daughter could have a hearty meal, too.

    I’m having a great time exploring your blog.

  8. sally says

    I just came across this recipe and can’t wait to make this! I want to be sure, is 50ml of water enough to cook all those potatoes? That doesn’t seem like much liquid at all. Also, if I do not have a stock cube, can I simply use 50ml of veggie stock?

  9. Brittany L. says

    Found your site on Pintrest. Pinned it and making this for dinner. I didn’t have any garam masala so I substituted Harissa Verde. I also doubled the recipe, it’s all in the crock pot now! I’ll let you know how it turns out :) Thank You for a nice easy peasy vegetarian slow cooker meal!

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