A Car Explosion and Food: Recipe for Aloo Palak (Potatoes in Spinach Gravy)


It was a quiet night. End of the week wind-down quiet. Lying on the couch watching TV quiet.

What I saw first was the sky light up with a bright orange red flash, then a resounding “boom” that scared the life out of me. I crept outside onto the balcony to see whether it was an explosion or maybe an accident involving a truck or even an electrical substation that had blown up. It was a bit scary. People were emerging from houses onto the street, but I could not see anything from where I was.

Checking the back of my place, I saw a fire, close, raging, furious. Sirens sounded and we watched for about 10 minutes. I made  a phone call to a friend to make sure that she was safe. Later I wandered down with my neighbour to see what had happened.

It was a car – burnt out – petrol tank exploded – bonnet of car had flown over the office block next door to land in the street. Glass was strewn over the nearby street which was another office block away from the explosion. Windows of both offices had been blown out and the glass of some had melted and twisted in the heat.

It certainly woke us up on a quiet Friday night. Strangely, I cannot find any reports of it in the news. A stolen car no doubt, torched or petrol bombed to destroy evidence.

I have just finished reading The Cellist of Sarajevo. Imagine a life lived with daily bombings and sniper attacks, every day for 4 years. Where walking down the street is a lottery of life. The courage that it takes to live that life.

Here, in a life that it peaceful expect for the occasional petrol tank explosion, Spring is unmistakably weaving her Spring wardrobe of pinks and purples and crimsons. Days are lighter, longer, inviting. Not warm yet but no longer cold. Birds are gloriously ever-present.

With a couple of successes under my belt with green gravy Indian dishes (Mint Paneer and Makhana Palak), and with a spinach obsession currently, it was time to try Aloo Palak. And it was great. What surprises me so much is that such a simple spinach gravy, so few ingredients, how very wonderful it is. That speaks to very good matching of ingredients – the matching of spices to the vegetable.

You can use this Palak recipe or use the one from Makhana Palak.

Aloo Palak

Source : inspired by Navratra Special
Cuisine: Indian
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Serves: 4 – 6 people, depending how you use it

a large bunch of spinach, about 500g, chopped or shredded into small pieces
2 big potatoes, diced
2 green chillies, chopped
2 cm ginger, chopped or grated
salt to taste
0.25 tspn chilli powder
1 Tblspn ghee + 0.5 Tblspn ghee

In the small amount of ghee or use oil, fry the potatoes until they are browned and cooked.

Heat the ghee in a pan and add the green chillies , ginger, salt, chilli powder and chopped spinach. Cook until soft and any water exuded by the spinach is absorbed. If you wish you can blend the spinach for a smoother sauce.

Add the fried potatoes and gently heat for 2 – 3 minutes more.

Great with rotis!

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20 Responses to A Car Explosion and Food: Recipe for Aloo Palak (Potatoes in Spinach Gravy)

  1. manggy says:

    I’m glad you’re safe! That’s quite scary!

    Anyway, I have no doubt that the dish is good on its own or with rotis– it looks so good!

    It is quite delish with rice or rotis – and yes, I can admit to it being good on its own too…..

  2. amberjee says:

    Please come back and cook for us. I am drooling.

    In a flash! …..

  3. sangeeth says:

    hope all r safe thr! a nice recipe

    Thanks, sangeeth

  4. Srivalli says:

    oh thats scary VY..glad that everything is safe…nice picture..

    Hi Srivalli – we are all safe and sound. Thanks for noticing the pics.

  5. Deeba says:

    It’s quite scary when peace gets shattered & even more heart-wrenching to read that it’s daily routine for so many parts of the world. I’m glad you are safe; these incidents can be quite unnerving. Your spinach dishes sound very comforting indeed. Delicious! Cheers Deeba

    The human spirit is an amazing thing. Thanks for dropping by Deeba.

  6. bee says:

    too much resentment in this world manifests itself in too many ways. i love how vibrant the greens look.

    The greens are great – I have them a couple times a day at the moment – usually raw and chopped onto or into something. Yum

  7. Priya says:

    I just got done reading A thousand splendid suns’ and had a similar thought process running thru my mind. Though the war is covered extensively, the life of a civilian is a mere addition to the statistics.
    Spinach was last week, now its arugula for me :)

    Oh, I love this book too! Arugula (called rocket here) is a fav of mine also.

  8. Lisa says:

    A terrifying experience indeed! Thank goodness no one was hurt.

    This is surely a classic dish and one that I should make again soon.

    Hi Lisa, this was the first time that I had made it and was delighted by the result.

  9. maritasays says:

    A friend of mine and her daughter spent the first few years of the girl’s life in Kashmir. When they later moved to Taiwan the girl would always drop down whenever fire works went of, expecting it to be a bomb. We are so fortunate to be living in parts of the world that are so peaceful compared to others. Beautiful entry.

    how awful – I just cant imagine living where this is a way of life. We are so blessed, really.

  10. Gosh, I hope you’ve recovered from that scary experience. Thank you for this recipe, which I may try this weekend if I have time. After my recent experiments with Indian food, I have a LOT of spices to use up! I bought enough to last a year at least.

    Glad you liked it! Have a great trip, Helen. Can’t wait to hear about it.

  11. Shivapriya says:

    Glad you are safe. This is my shortcut version of Aloo Palak. Usually I make creamy version of palak , it all depends on my mood and time:). Dish looks great!

    Yes, I love the creamy version too. This is a short cut and just as tasty. Missing your recipes, Sivapriya.

  12. Cynthia says:

    You’ve inspired me for a dish I want to make tomorrow. Thank you!

    Great, I hope that you enjoyed it Cynthia.

  13. Arundathi says:

    how awful. glad you’re okay…

    Thanks Arundathi – it was a bit scary but we are all fine.

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