Aloo Palak gravy / Spinach Potato curry - Instant Pot Pressure cooker
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Indian Aloo Palak / Spinach potato curry

Easy to make Punjabi Aloo Palak recipe that comes together under 30 minutes and one pot to clean. A very healthy Spinach curry recipe for everyday meals.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Resting time15 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: lunch/ dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Khushboo


Equipment used

  • 6 qt Instant Pot
  • 1 high foot instant pot trivet insert recommended for pot in pot cooking


  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 18 oz i.e 2 package baby spinach or 2 bunches spinach bundle* 500 grams approx
  • 7-8 red potatoes*
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil or ghee
  • 1 cup chopped onions preferred red
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 heaped tablespoon minced garlic 6-7 cloves approx.
  • 2 thai green chili deseeded and finely chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon agave/ maple syrup or sugar add to cut bitterness
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon kasoori methi optional but recommended
  • Salt to taste

To mix together for slurry

  • 2 teaspoon Chickpea flour/ besan optional
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice / water


  • Rinse the Spinach if not using the pre washed pack.
  • Wash potatoes well under cold tap water.
  • Prick each potatoes 1-2 times with a knife and set aside.
  • Switch on the Instant Pot on Saute mode.
  • Add in oil.
  • Wait for 30 seconds to warm up and then add cumin seeds and onions.
  • Saute onions for 2 minutes or until translucent .
  • Add in the ginger garlic green chilies and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add in ¼ cup water now followed by the spices called for .
  • Now slowly add in the spinach in batches.
  • Press spinach down with the spoon so that it wilts and follow with more spinach until everything fits into the pot. It shouldn’t take more than a minute .
  • Now place the long leng trivet in the Instant Pot.
  • Add the potatoes in the Steam basket or another IP friendly bowl .
  • Place it over the long trivet as shown in the pictorial method above.
  • Press cancel to cancel Sautee mode.
  • Close the IP with the lid , knob on SEALING position.
  • Press MANUAL HIGH 3 minutes.
  • Follow by natural pressure release (NPR)
  • Once the pin drops down open the IP.
  • Check if the potatoes are done by inserting knife. It should smoothly go through without resistance.
  • Take out the steam basket and the trivet carefully with the help of kitchen cloth or pot holder .
  • Now with the help of immersion blender blend the Spinach mixture until smooth.
  • OR You may blend it in the pot blender after it cools down .
  • Mix the chickpea flour with water to create a slurry and add to the curry. Stir well .
  • Give a taste test and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Add in kasoori methi and potatoes , mix well with the gravy.
  • Switch on the IP on saute mode again and cover it with a simple lid .
  • Let the gravy simmer for 2 minutes covered and the switch off the Instant Pot.
  • Open the lid , give it a stir.
  • Serve warm with roti or rice.
  • Just before serving add in a splash of freshly squeezed lemon.


Spice level of this Aloo Palak recipe is 4 on 5 , 5 being hot. Decrease or skip the green chilies if you do not prefer heat in your food.
Type of Potatoes to be used
I have used red potatoes with skin. You may use potatoes of your choice. If using russet or Idaho then clean wash and cut them into quarters so that they are cooked through after steaming.
You may Substitute potatoes with -
Sweet potatoes that are already steamed or roasted.
Pressed firm Tofu (vegan)or Paneer Indian cheese (dairy).
Vegetable medley like steamed or sauteed cauliflower, carrots, bell peppers, onions, green beans , peas , plantains .
Storage and make ahead of time tips for this Indian spinach curry.
This Spinach Potato curry stays well in the fridge for 3 days.
You may choose to freeze the Spinach gravy without potatoes for up to 3 months.
How do you eat this Spinach potato curry ?
Goes well with roti, naan ,parathas and steamed rice .
If you love green then here are few recipes you might like -
Kale saag with tofu and chickpea
Palak Paneer


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 1196mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 23.3mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2.4mg