What is Saag Aloo?
Most people assume saag means spinach, but in fact the word saag simply refers to leafy greens. These greens can come in many forms from collard greens, kale, mustard greens, fenugreek leaves (methi) amongst others. In this saag aloo recipe, we use the most common of greens, spinach. In Hindi, spinach is called 'Palak', so if you see the dish 'Palak Aloo', you'll know it's the same thing.
Next up, 'Aloo', which is less ambiguous and simply means 'potato'.
When we combine the creamy, soft potatoes with the earthy iron-rich spinach we reach dizzying heights of flavour and texture. This combination is one of my favourite Indian dishes, period. I'm a huge fan of potatoes to start with, but prepared this way they're elevated and really something quite special. It's hard to say which is the hero in this dish, but I'm going with potato!