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Friday, 7 March 2014

Spinach and potato curry

Sounds nasty right? :D

Im a massive fan of spinach. Having an iron deficiency ill try anything to not take these foul tablets so much so dark green veg plays a key part in helping me.
This is another one of the meals i cooked regularly when i was dieting because its cheap, always in my house and totally adjustable to anyones taste buds! While i was on slimming world this (without the naan bread) was completely free on a green day. I'm not a member no more but i think it still is. Its freezable so perfect for batch cooking and if you fancy a change, you could always turn it into spicy bubble and squeak.


Yes i know it looks like a big pile of vomit. Not the most sexy thing i've ever cooked :D I think i went abit mental on the spinach and passata lol

Ingredients:



  • Spinach - i use frozen but fresh is fine - as much as needed*
  • Potatoes - as many as needed, any size is fine.*
  • Rice - white, brown any is fine - as much as required* 
  • Passata - 3 Tablespoons
  • Garlic - 1 clove, peeled and chopped
  • Spices - turmeric, chilli powder and cumin work well (according to taste)
  • Salt to taste
* I haven't put the usual serves x amount or specified how much because this is completely adjustable to feed 1-10 people. Ill list at the end how much i used to feed 4 people with extra leftover*

Note before telling you how to do this. 

Both fresh and frozen spinach can be used but fresh spinach will need to be pureed in a food processor. Frozen spinach once defrosted can be used as is. Adjust the times slightly if cooking a big portion. 

Method 

Step 1
  • Cook your spuds. For a chunky curry just half them but they can be diced, sliced or chipped if you wanted. You can even use new potatoes and leave them whole. Skin is optional but i prefer to peel them first.
Step 2
  • For the spinach - if fresh cut off any long stems, boil water in a saucepan and place a colander over the pan of boiling water - Place spinach (frozen or fresh) into the colander and leave for 2 3 minutes. Rinse with cold water right away if using fresh leaves. 
  • If using fresh spinach only - puree it in a food processor once blanched.
Step 3 
  • Spray fry light into a pan and saute the garlic for a few seconds - careful not to burn it. Add the passata, spices and salt if using and saute for a further 3 mins. 
  • Add your spinach and mix into your passata mix. Add some water (how much you add depends on how thick you want your curry sauce to be and how many your feeding) and cook for roughly 4 mins. 
  • Add your potatoes and mix thoroughly until the spinach covers the spuds and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for a further 5-6 mins. 

Serve with naan bread and some boiled rice. 

Cost wise for my family its around £1.50 for the 4 of us. 

To serve 4 people (2 adults 2 kids) with at least an extra serving and extra leftover for spicy bubble and squeak i use:
  • around 12-15 potatoes. You may find you use alot more if using new/baby potatoes, less if you chop up a baking potato. It does depend on how many you are cooking for.
  • Half a carton of passata
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp of turmeric
  • 1 clove of garlic 
  • about a quarter of a bag of frozen spinach
Cost wise 
  • Potatoes - i used small/medium sized at around 40p (bag cost £1.18 tesco own brand cheap bags i did not use the whole bag)
  • Passata- 20ish p (carton - tesco own 43p)
  • Frozen spinach - 50p (Icelands bag £1) 
  • Garlic clove - about 15p (packs of 2 from tesco 33p)
  • Species i buy in jars - cost varies
  • Rice - 20p (i used half a bag of tesco own brand - 40p)
  • Naan bread - I used 2 we all had a quarter each (for some reason gareth ended up with half of one :D) cost varies 
Depending on where you shop or if you have the ingredients already in your house the cost may be more or less. 
I would have used the leftovers to make spicy bubble and squeak the following day but i used too much passata and spinach in this batch and it was too sloppy, so we ate it all :D 

5 comments:

  1. Sounds yummy, look forward to trying!

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    1. You have to! Im going to make some more and freeze it :D may make quite a nice soup too, ill blend a tiddly bit and see :)

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  2. Still free on slimming world :) and sounds lovely will be giving it a try ~ thank you xx

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    1. Really! Thats great news :D Hope you like it x

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  3. great tip love helpful blogs x

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