Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Restaurant Style Aloo Palak (Potato Spinach) Curry using Slow Cooker

Today I am posting a very simple vegan curry for a busy week day dinner or lunch. Recipe for Aloo-Palak Curry does not require many ingredients and most of them are easily available in any pantry. This mildly spiced curry is simple combination of cubed potatoes and spinach. Making it in slow-cooker or crockpot makes is ever easier. It tastes great with Jeera Rice, Naan, Roti or Paratha.

crockpot aloo palak recipe

Preparation Time 10 Minute
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Serves: 4 people

1. 2 cup cut potato
2. 2 cup chopped spinach
3. 1/2 cup nicely cut onion
4. 1tsp shredded garlic
5. 1 nicely cut green chili
6. 1/2tsp red chili powder
7. 1/4tsp turmeric powder
8. 1/4tsp coriander powder
9. 1/4tsp garam masala ( all spice powder )
10. salt to taste
11. 2tbsp nicely cut coriander ( cilantro ) leaves
(All these spices are easily available in any Indian Store. You can find all the spices mentioned above in this lovely Indian Spices Starter Kit .This start kit contains almost 30 different spices and is indeed good value for the price.)


1. 2 - 1/2tbsp oil
2. 1tsp cumin seeds
3. 2tbs water


1. Combine first 10 ingredients in a slow cooker bowl.
2. Heat oil in a small sauce pan in stove top. When oil it hot, add cumin seeds.
3. When cumin seeds cracks, add them in slow-cooker.
4. Add 2tbsp water and mix it well.
6. Cover the slow-cooker and set it on high
7. After about 1 hour and 30 minutes aloo palak will ready to eat.
8. Transfer in a serving bowl and sprinkle with coriander leaves.
9. Serve hot with roti, paratha or rice.

Similar Recipes:
Slow Cooker Aloo-Gobi Recipe
Slow Cooker Mix-Vegetable Curry Recipe
Slow Cooker Vegetable Pulao/Pulav Recipe

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Carrot Halwa or Gajar Halwa Using Slow Cooker

Carrot Halwa is one of the most famous Indian dessert. It is sweet dish made using milk, carrots and sugar during many auspicious occasions or festivals. Traditionally this carrot and milk pudding is made using khoya or mawa to give is grainy texture. Here in this recipe I have used ricotta cheese to get the same texture.

When made on stovetop making carrot halwa is extremely tedious  process. Stirring shreded carrot, milk and sugar takes hours and not to mention splittering of carrot mixture all over. Using slow-cooker or crockpot you can enjoy carrot halwa anytime without any fuss.

Try these other sweet recipes like Sakkarai Pongal, milk pudding (basudi), kheer using slow-cooker/crockpot.

Preparation Time: 15 minute
Cook Time: 5 hours
Serve 6 to 7 people ( As a side dish )

1. 1 pound carrot
2. 2/3 cup sugar
3. 1 cup whole milk

4. 1/2 cup Candace milk
5. 1/2 cup ricotta cheese ( mawa/khoya )

6. 4tbsp ghee (Make Ghee in slow cooker/crockpot))
7. 1tsp cardamom powder
8. 2tbsp resin
9. 10 to 15 cashew pieces

Method Step By Step

1.Wash and peel carrots. Shred carrots very fine.

2. Spread slow-cooker bowl with 1tsp ghee or butter.
3. Combine 2 tbsp ghee, carrot, sugar, milk and condense milk  in a slow cooker
4. Cover slow cooker and set on high.

5. After 2 and 1/2 hour give the carrot mixture good stir and remove the cover.

6. Cook for another 2 and 1/2 hour keeping the slow-cooker open, stirring about every 45 minutes to make sure carrots are not sticking to the wall of slow-cooker bowl.

7. Carrot halwa should be done now.

8. Transfer in a serving bowl.
9. In a small sauce pan take 2tbsp ghee. Put it on medium heat on stove top.
10.Now fry cashew and raisin until they are pink. Add them in halwa along with ghee.
11. Add cardamom powder and mix it well. Carrot Halwa is ready to serve.

Cool down and put it in freeze. It will stay good for 3-4 days. It will stay fresh in freezer for 2-3  weeks.

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Similar Recipes:
1. Slow Cooker/Crockpot Sweet Pongal/Sakkarai Pongal
2. Slow Cooker Cracked Wheat Halwa (Fada Lapsi)
3. Slow Cooker Mango Jam Recipe
4. Slow Cooker Kheer

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