Sag Aloo with Sweet Potatoes

Yes, here it finally is: my first Indian dish inspired recipe! I wanted to post an Indian recipe for the longest time, because I do love Indian food a lot. Unfortunately, Mr. Superfoodista is not such a big fan of Indian food so we never go out to eat some together. I guess it’s too far off with what he has grown up with (Brazilian food), but as for me, I simply adore all the wonderful spices that are so typical for Indian cuisine. So, as I never get to go eat Indian food out, I decided to finally make some myself. I know many of you my readers cook really authentic Indian food, so ahem, this might not be thaaaat authentic, but I definitely tried to keep the characteristics of the Indian recipe 😉


I chose to make Sag Aloo, because it is usually made with two of my favorite Superfoods: Spinach and (Sweet) Potatoes. The original recipe uses white potatoes, but I smuggled in some sweet potato instead to “superfoodize” it 😉 I based my dish on Christine’s Sag Aloo recipe from the blog Delightful – Delicious – Delovely.

This flavorful dish contains following Superfoods:

  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes


Garam Masala: that’s the first ting you need to make in order to be able to cook the dish, if you can find it ready-made the better, otherwise Christine recommends following recipe:

  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves


Then to the ingredients for the Sag Aloo itself: (for 2 portions)

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 medium sized sweet potato
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2  teaspoon cumin seeds (not ground)
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger 
  • 2 garlic cloves – minced
  • 1/2 tbsp turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (as I didn’t have this, I used cayenne pepper instead)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala 
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 10 oz frozen Spinach
  • 1/2 cup half & half or any vegan alternative if you are vegan
  • A handful of fresh spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro or red pepper to garnish


  • Pre-cook the potato and cut into cubes
  • Heat half of the olive oil (1 tbsp) in a pan and toss the potatoes, set aside
  • Now use the other half of the olive oil and add the onions, sauté until fragrant, push to the side of the pan, add cumin seeds and sauté, mix the onions back in, add the garlic and the ginger, sauté everything for about 1 minute – your kitchen will become wonderfully fragrant!
  • Now add the turmeric, coriander, chili powder, garam masala, crushed red pepper & tomato sauce
  • Add the potatoes back in, the frozen spinach, cook until tender, season with salt & pepper
  • Add more fresh spinach for a fresh green color
  • Put into bowls, garnish with some fresh cilantro leaves and red pepper cubes ( I didn’t have cilantro, so I used some parsley sprigs instead)
  • Serve with some Naan bread on the side! I found some wholegrain naan bread at Wholefoods that I quickly heated up in a pan – delicious!

Sag-Aloo-1 Sag-Aloo-3

The best thing is to dip the naan bread into the curry…oh sooooo good! I could have eaten both portions, but I held myself back…ahem…. :-)


Have a lovely weekend! Hope this one can spice things up a bit! 😉 hugs

P.S. I am by the way attending my first-ever blogger conference today and yesterday Thursday! I’m so excited, it’s one of the bigger ones and coincidently it takes place in Miami this year, so I thought I’d grasp the opportunity to meet some fellow bloggers face-to-face. I’ll tell you more about in my next post how it was!


    • Sylvia says

      Thank you so much dear Selma! 😉 Yes, poor Mr. Superfoodista, but I can’t complain, he loves almost everything else I make 😉 Yes, absolutely, I will be sharing my learnings from the conference in a bit, it was really interesting!! hugs, Sylvia

  1. Jhuls says

    Congratulations, Sylvia, on your first Indian dish. 😀 I have never tried Indian food except Biryani (It’s Indian food, right?). This sounds good, too.

    • Sylvia says

      Thanks so much Jhuls! 😉 Yes, I think Biryani is Indian too, usually made with chicken I believe. Maybe you can try to make some yourself sometimes. I was always scared to make it because of all the spices, etc. But once you have them available, it’s actually quite easy to throw them together and make a dish 😉 hugs & thanks for stopping by!

  2. chefjulianna says

    Hey Sylvia! Congrats on your first Indian dish! It looks divine! I love, love, love Indian food and luckily Mr. Foodieonboard loves it too! I really can’t wait to hear about the conference. I have vaguely heard of them, but would like to know more! Have fun!

    • Sylvia says

      Thanks so much dear Julianna! Oh, this will be the first of many Indian dishes I think 😉 Really got hooked with the flavor of all the spices! Yum! How good Mr. Foodieonboard loves Indian food too 😉 I can’t complain though, Mr. Superfoodista loves almost everything else I make 😉 Yes, I will be sharing my learnings from the conference in one of my next blog posts!! hugs

  3. Ngan R. says

    Hi Sylvia, this dish looks scrumptious. I would not have had the restraint to not eat it all. My hubby also does not like going out for Indian food, though he keeps asking me to make it. I’ve only ever tried to make tikka masala and a simple veggie masala, but this sag aloo looks like it is a must try for me. It just so happens I made garam masala the other day and Naina of Fiesta Friday just posted homemade naan, so I’m thinking I need to combine your recipe with hers and make a whole meal one of these weekends. I like my Indian food really spicy so may throw in some fresh chilies. I hope you had fun at the conference and I am looking forward to hearing more about it! xx

    • Sylvia says

      Thank so much Ngan! Yum, your ideas sounds fabulous!! I must go check out Naina’s recipe for home made naan! I totally LOVE naan, so it would be great to know how to make some. That’s funny that your hubby doesn’t like to go out to eat Indian food, but would love to eat it at home. Do they make it too spicy in the restaurants? And this definitely speaks for your cooking – I am not surprised!! Sometimes home cooked meals can be so much better than in restaurants.
      Thanks so much again for stopping by & have a great rest of your Sunday! Sylvia

  4. Stacey Bender says

    Ooh, superfood, superpower, super spinach, (I’m starting to conjure up visions of Popeye again). Would ‘t turmeric and ginger fall into the superfoods category too with their digestive healing properties? This dish looks comforting and satisfying with the added benefit of being healthy. What’s not to love Mr. Superfoodista? Did he give it a try?

    I really waned to go to that conference too but decided not to go. I will look forward to the downloadmin your next post (don’t leave out e juicy bits). I am signed up for the one in Seattle in September though. Next year I might give Camp Blogaway a try.

    Thanks for bringing this to our Fiesta.

    • Sylvia says

      Hey dear Stacey, thank you so much for your kind words!! It’s definitely super loaded with superfoods this dish…hehhee! And yes, you are right, ginger and turmeric would definitely have beneficial effects for you too! I need to start to add the herbs and spices to the list!! Thanks for the input!! 😉
      Oh really, you were planning to come to the conference?? So cool! Well, I must say, it was really interesting, some sessions where a bit too far fetched for a hobby blogger like me (e.g. “how to manage your staff” – hahhaa…I don’t really have any??), but overall I learned a lot and got a lot of ideas! I’ll definitely be sharing my learnings from it!
      What’s the conference in Seattle about? Is it also organized by BlogHer?
      And no, Mr. Superfoodista did not give it a try, well, maybe next time, I’ll be definitely making another Indian dish soon! hugs

    • Sylvia says

      Yay, thank you so much Sanjana!! This comment means so much coming from you and totally makes my day!! As you surely know how to cook Indian food! 😉 I am now totally in love with the idea to make my own Indian dishes, there will be more I am going to try to make, I’ll definitely consult your blog for that!! hugs

  5. Michelle says

    Oh my gosh, I couldn’t bookmark this recipe quick enough! I am such a sweet potato fiend, I put it in everything I possibly can. I’ve never had it indian style though and this saag aloo looks and sounds amazing, I will definitely be making this soon! Thank you so much for sharing

    • Sylvia says

      Thanks so much Michelle for your kind words! Oh, nice to to meet another sweet potato fan – I want to put it into everything as well, and I love it in all formats, cooked, in a salad, mashed…I even make cake with it…hahhaa 😉
      This dish is definitely something for anyone that loves very fragrant dishes and spices. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Sylvia says

      Thank you so much dear! I thought first it would be kind of hard to photograph this dish, because it looks all mashed up, but somehow it turned out ok 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by and your kind words!

  6. The Novice Gardener says

    YUM! Same situation here, I love Indian food, but hubby only certain dishes. So we rarely go for Indian when we go out. Thankfully, I have my girl Sylvia here to show me how to make aloo saag. Looks mighty tempting! Can’t wait to hear about the conference. <3

    • Sylvia says

      Thanks so much Angie! Ha, good to hear from someone in the same situation 😉 Which dishes does your husband like? Maybe I could start off with those to make my husband like it? 😉 Yep, sure, I am planning to write about the conference and share some learnings from there!! Thanks for another fabulous FF with illustrious guests!! hugs

    • Sylvia says

      Wow, cool, so happy to read I could inspire you a bit!! Oh yes, please do share how your version ended up being! Always love to hear about everyone’s own spin – that’s what cooking is all about, right? Looking forward to hear from you!

    • Sylvia says

      Hehhe….I know, if I love something, I also have a hard time stopping to eat!! 😉 I need to control myself too, or otherwise, I’ll just do an additional sport session 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by today my dear!

  7. Jacque says

    I loved meeting you and if you would like to copy my recipe for candied ginger, feel free to at

    • Sylvia says

      Hi Jacque, thank you so much for leaving this kind comment. Loved meeting you too! I will definitely pay a visit to your blog!! It’s really gorgeous and I would love to learn from your food science skills!!! 😉 hugs & see you tomorrow!

    • Sylvia says

      Thank you so much dear! I think it’s kind of a controversial cuisine due to all the herbs and spices – but doesn’t that just make Indian food so marvelous? Happy you are loving Indian food too! hugs

  8. Mama Tummy says

    This looks wonderful and sounds so full of flavor. I would love to make this! Blogging conference sounds like fun. I look forward to hearing about that. By the way I wanted to let you know I gave you a shout out in my Mother’s Day post :)

    • Sylvia says

      Thank you so much Celeste for your kind words and stopping by! I just saw the post, you are so sweet – thanks a lot for the shootout!! I just finished day 1 of the conference and am catching up on my blog now 😉 I will definitely write about it in one of my next posts! hugs

    • Sylvia says

      Thank you so much dear! Oh yes, not too spicy for me either, hahaha 😉 I put very little of the chili, so it was not that spicy at all, but it definitely was very aromatic, very fragrant. Thanks for stopping by!!

    • Sylvia says

      Thank you so much! I actually have never ordered Sag Aloo in an Indian restaurant before, I usually go for a Chicken Masala, or Butter Chicken, or something like that. But I really liked this recipe, and I mainly chose it because of the ingredients. Thanks so much for your kind words and stopping by!

  9. lapetitecasserole says

    And he didn’t tried it??? I hope he did, I’m sure that dish is amazing! The pictures are stunning, but here is not a news, your photos are always amazing! Good luck with your conference, I can’t wait to hear something about it!

    • Sylvia says

      Hello Margherita, haha 😉 no, he didn’t! But it’s not entirely his fault, as I cooked this for lunch once when I worked from home, and he wasn’t there. There was some left-overs though, but he could not be motivated to try it…maybe if he would have seen it hot and steaming in the pot, he might have tried….Thanks so much for your sweet words about the photos, means a lot coming from you, as I am so in love with your photos!! hugs


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