This saag aloo made in the slow cooker is warmly spiced, creamy, and perfect to serve along side a bowl of basmati rice. Spinach and potatoes come together to make a easy and filling weeknight meal that is cooked in a crock pot.
This is my new favorite meal to make on the weekends. I’ve been using my crockpot a lot more lately, and I really forget how amazing it is to have going in the background while I am working around the house. All the ingredients for a dinner can go in the crockpot in the morning, set on low, and by dinner time its ready. A little effort for a lot of flavor!
This Vegan Slow Cooker Saag Aloo Recipe Is:
- Vegan & Gluten Free
- Made in the slow cooker or crock pot!
We used to have a really fantastic Indian restaurant down the street from us, but it recently moved to another town. So I’ve been needing to get my Saag fix lately- so I created this recipe with fresh spinach and potatoes.
Whats In This Crock Pot Saag Aloo?
Fresh onions, potatoes, and spinach are keys to this dish… with some amazing pantry staple ingredients. My list of 125 Top Pantry Staple Ingredients has some of my favorite spices and add-ins for Indian food.
- Garlic: I use fresh garlic when I have it, but this jarred organic garlic is a great alternative to fresh. It’s super convenient to have ready-chopped garlic, so I always keep some of this jarred garlic in the pantry just in case.
- Ginger: I used fresh ginger root, but if you don’t have it or can’t find fresh, this organic ginger powder works great and as a really nice flavor.
- Garam Masala: a really great spice blend of cumin, coriander, allspice, cardamom, and cinnamon. A fantastic spice for this saag aloo, as well as any Indian curry!
- Curry Powder: I like adding a little extra curry powder in these potatoes for a kick!
- Turmeric: a super food that I like to throw into soups, stews, curries, and even smoothies! The yellow color of the turmeric powder makes the potatoes in this saag aloo a warm golden color.
- Cumin: a great spice I always keep in my pantry – this cumin powder works really well in curries, soups, tacos, and chili!
- Coconut Milk: I like to use organic full fat unsweetened coconut milk for all my recipes. I buy a few cans in bulk like this brand. You can also use coconut milk powder, which is awesome! I bought this coconut milk powder here, I’m a pretty big fan of Anthony’s.
- Salt and pepper to taste
Its truly amazing how much fresh spinach cooks down. This recipe calls for 2 huge bags of fresh spinach… which eventually becomes like 2 cups once its cooked! You could also use frozen spinach for this- when I used frozen spinach I found that using 3 bags of chopped frozen spinach was perfect.
How Do I Make This Slow Cooker Saag Aloo Recipe?
- It really couldn’t be easier, thanks to the slow cooker! Just add all the ingredients (except the spinach), allow to cook for several hours.
- Then add the spinach at the end, allowing it to cook enough to gently wilt.
This is a great recipe to serve over white basmati rice, and the leftovers save nicely in the fridge for dinner the next evening too. The fresh ginger really makes this recipe, so use ginger root if you have it and not powder!
What Do I serve with this Saag Aloo in the Slow Cooker?
- Basmati Rice!
- Garlic Naan, or any naan really, but c’mon whats better than garlic naan? I have an awesome easy recipe for Sourdough Garlic Naan here!
- If you don’t have naan, then a roti or flatbread also works.
This is also a great way to use leftover potatoes- if I have extra that I need to use ASAP, I will dice them up and freeze them… and use them in this recipe another time! This is great with fresh or frozen veggies. If using frozen, add a little extra time to the slow cooker. And you can utilize pantry staple ingredients like canned potatoes or spinach in a pinch.
Dietary Modifications for this Indian Spinach and Potatoes:
- This recipe is naturally vegan, but if you aren’t vegan and wanted to add some ghee, you can also include that into the recipe.
- This recipe is Gluten Free, so make sure to serve with a GF naan 🙂
Get the Same Ingredients I Use For My Vegan Crock Pot Saag Aloo:
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Saag Aloo in the Slow Cooker
- 1 large onion chopped
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons ginger root minced
- 5 medium potatoes diced
- 2 tablespoons garam masala
- 2 (13.5 ounce) cans coconut milk full fat
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
- 12 cups of fresh baby spinach or 2 large bags of chopped frozen spinach
- Add all ingredients to the crockpot except for the spinach. Cover and cook on Low for 6-7 hours.
- When you are ready to add the spinach, slowly stir in one handful at a time, so it gradually wilts. Stir and cook for another 15 minutes.
- Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed- serve with garlic naan and rice!
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