Aloo Saag|Potato Leaves Fry with Prawns -Bengali Recipe

Have you ever had the opportunity to have authentic Potato Leaves in your state/place where you live? My maasi (aunt) lives in West Bengal, Kolkata and this time on my mom’s small request ,she genuinely ‘parceled’ potato leaves (aloo saag) plucked straight from her own farm where she grows all types of different leafy-vegetables on her own, that’s just because I wanted to have ‘Aloo Saag’ from Kolkata and she always sends homegrown leafy vegetables from her farm – sent especially for me since I love having greens on my plate. In Mumbai, we do not get to buy Aloo Saag , its unfortunately not available here and so this time we took this opportunity to blog this recipe and also make an exclusive video on this delicious recipe for you. Honestly, guys it shocks me to see that there’s hardly any recipe that you can find on the internet on ‘Aloo Saag” and most of the people misinterpret this recipe but here it is the most authentic recipe of ‘Potato Leaves- Aloo Saag’ you can ever find on the internet.

Aloo Saag

Ingredients:

ItemsQuantity
Potato Leaves250 gram
Sorse-Jeera-Posto PastePrepared earlier
Jeera (Cumin Seeds)1/2 tsp
Paanch Phoron (Bengali Five Spices)1/2 tsp
Dry Red Chili 1-2
Bay Leaf1
Kashmiri Red Chili Powder1 tsp
Turmeric Powder1 tsp
Bori12-15 pieces
Prawns (Shallow Fried)1 small bowl (Optional)
Sugar1 tsp
Salt1 1/2 tsp/ As Per Taste
Water10 ml approx.
Mustard OilTo Cook
Vegetable Oil To Cook
*tsp-teaspoon; tbsp-tablespoon*

To Make Paste: (Ingredients)

ItemsQuantity
Posto (White Poppy Seeds)2 tbsp
Sorse (Yellow Mustard Seeds)1 tbsp
Jeera (Cumin Seeds)1/2 tsp
Water3 tbsp

Preparation:

  • In a blender jar, drop all the listed ingredients above and coarse grind.
  • Add water to make a thick fine paste of ‘Sorse-Posto-Jeera’. Once done, set aside for later. (The paste shouldn’t be too watery or too thick.)
  • Cut the Potato leaves and wash thoroughly with cold running water.
  • In a boiling pan, add the chopped leaves and water till the leaves are submerged properly, cover and boil them over high flame for 5 minutes, once done, discard the water and set the leaves aside.

How To Cook:

  • Step 1 : In a heated pan, add vegetable oil and shallow fry the Bori’s on a high flame until it changes color to light brown. (Do not over fry) – if you do not have Bori, you can completely skip this part but I suggest, but I suggest you buy some from a Bengali. It taste really delicious.
  • Step 2 : In the same pan, heat mustard oil, add cumin seeds (jeera), paanch phoron (bengali five spices), dry red chili and bay lef. Fry for a minute over high flame.
  • Step 3 : Add the prepared ‘Sore-Posto-Jeera’ Paste and saute over high flame for a minute. Sprinkle turmeric powder and kashmiri red chili powder. Mix Well over medium flame.
  • Step 4 : Add water and saute over high fame. Mix the water with the leftover paste in the blending jar to avoid any wastage. Add all the boiled leaves, mix and coat well over high flame.
  • Step 5 : Add the shallow fried prawns and fried bori (crush them into pieces before adding). Mix and Saute over medium flame. Add a sprinkle of mustard oil and turn off the flame.
  • Step 6 : Serve only with plain white rice and dal.
Aloo Saag

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate says:

    Interesting, never knew one can use the potatoe leaves for cooking. My grandma used to grow potatoes in her garden, and I think my mother also planted some. I will ask her to save some of the leaves for me then. Of course she might think I went crazy but this dish look so delicious it is worth a try.

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    1. BonGappétit says:

      Yes, absolutely, this is a typical Bengali Style Aloo Saag recipe. Do try this recipe and lemme know how it went 😋😇

      Liked by 1 person

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