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Easy Pressure Cooker Saag Aloo

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Saag aloo is one of my favourite take away dishes! Now you can make your own version quickly and easily in a pressure cooker or instant pot so you can have this vegetarian dish any night of the week. #indianfood #pressurecooker #instantpot #thecookreport #saagaloo

Saag aloo is one of my favourite take away dishes! Now you can make your own version quickly and easily in a pressure cooker or instant pot so you can have this vegetarian dish any night of the week.

Since Will and I got a pressure cooker we’ve been experimenting with different dishes to make in it. We’ve found that curries are one of the things that come out really well in it. There’s something about cooking under pressure that seems to lock in extra flavour.

I’ve already posted this awesome pressure cooker curry with potato and aubergine a few weeks ago and we’ve been making it regularly ever since. And if you want to try something other than curry then give this pressure cooker pasta with Mediterranean vegetables a go. YUM.

Close up of saag aloo in a pressure cooker with a blue background

My all time favourite take away is Indian food. If we’re going to treat ourselves to take out then we nearly always get pizza or curry. Pizza if we just want pure carbs on carbs and curry if we want flavour and spicy comfort.

When I was still at university and Will would come to visit me we’d always order from the same Indian take away, we’d always order the same thing (including a side of saag aloo) and it was so super delicious.

Metal bowl of saag aloo with rice, topped with coriander leaves on a patterned tea towel

Then when we moved to London it took us so long to find a good option for Indian take away. Like years. And it was awful because we just kept ordering and being disappointed and it was the worst.

Finally, we’ve now found somewhere that does delicious curries and is one of our favourite places to get food from. But the one plus side in all this is that it meant we got pretty good at making our own versions of our take away favourites like this saag aloo recipe.

What is saag aloo?

Saag aloo is curry made from potato cooked in a spinach based sauce, popular in Punjabi cuisine.

Metal bowl of saag aloo with white rice on a patterned towel

We always get saag aloo as a side to our take away curries but I love it so much that for this we decided to make it the main part of our meal.


  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Red Onion
  • Green Chilli
  • Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • Ginger
  • Potatoes
  • Dried Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Salt

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for this pressure cooker saag aloo…

Two metal bowls of saag aloo with rice and coriander leaves on a patterned towel with a pressure cooker to the side

One of my favourite things about saag aloo is the way the spinach kind of becomes part of the sauce and helps to add bulk to it plus it’s healthy!

I replicated this in my halloumi curry with spinach as well to create one of my favourite curry sauces.

Can you make this saag aloo in a slow cooker?

Yes! This would work in a slow cooker really well. If you have a slow cooker which has an insert you can put on the hob or has a browning function then fry off the garlic, onion, chilli and ginger first then add the spices, potato, spinach and add a little water (about 50ml/1/4 cup).

Otherwise just add all the ingredients (apart from the olive oil) to the slow cooker with the water. Cook on medium for 3-4 hours, depending on what size you cut your potato.

Saag aloo in a pressure cooker with a blue background

So we played around with this recipe a few times because it’s quite tricky to get potatoes not to turn to mush in a pressure cooker. We found that 3 minutes worked the best and the texture of the potatoes actually turned out really nicely. We use a pressure king pro for this but any instant pot or pressure cooker will work. If you have the same pressure cooker as me then make sure you grab my favourite pressure king pro recipes before you go!

Is this saag aloo recipe vegan?

Yes! It’s vegan so everyone can enjoy it!

Can I use frozen spinach in this saag aloo recipe?

Absolutely! I like to use frozen chopped spinach because it mixes in perfectly with the sauce plus it’s cheap and I can keep it on hand so I can have saag aloo whenever I fancy it!

If you prefer to use fresh spinach I would roughly chop the leaves and add them to the pressure cooker after everything else has cooked. Return the lid to the pot and allow a few minutes for the spinach to wilt before serving.

Can you freeze saag aloo?

We have successfully frozen this saag aloo. The potatoes can take on a slightly different texture but it still tastes great! Simply pack up in Tupperware containers and place in the freezer once completely cooled. Defrost thoroughly before reheating.

Metal bowl of saag aloo with white rice topped with coriander leaves on a patterned tea towel

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How to make saag aloo:

Metal bowl of saag aloo with rice, topped with coriander leaves on a patterned tea towel

Easy Pressure Cooker Saag Aloo

Saag aloo is one of my favourite take away dishes! Now you can make your own version quickly and easily in a pressure cooker or instant pot so you can have this vegetarian dish any night of the week.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Amy


  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 Red Onion chopped
  • 1 Green Chilli chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger grated
  • 300 g Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • 6 medium Potatoes chopping into chunks
  • 1 tsp Coriander
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • Salt
  • Water as needed
  • Fresh Coriander to serve


  • Put your pressure cooker on the saute setting and add the oil. Once the oil is hot add the onion, garlic, chilli and ginger and cook for a couple of minutes until softened.
  • Add the potatoes, coriander, cumin, garam masala and turmeric. Stir so that everything is coated in the spices, season with salt to taste. Add the spinach and enough water to reach the minimum line on your pressure cooker.
  • Cook on the stew setting for 3 minutes. Release the pressure and serve the saag aloo with rice and chopped coriander leaves.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Pressure Cooker Saag Aloo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Potassium 1384mg 40%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 2g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 175.9%
Vitamin C 46.2%
Calcium 18.8%
Iron 57.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.

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  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    12/03/2018 at 11:30 AM

    I am loving my Instant Pot for quick and easy weeknight meals. I am amazed at how fast it cooks. This looks like it’s packed with flavor. I’ve been trying to incorporate more turmeric into my diet and this looks like a great way to do it!

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    David @ Cooking Chat
    12/03/2018 at 11:37 AM

    I am also a big saag aloo fan. Your version looks like it turned out perfectly!

  • Reply
    12/03/2018 at 11:40 AM

    This looks incredible, saving this to my list of things to try!

  • Reply
    12/03/2018 at 11:53 AM

    Wow this looks amazing! What a great dinner my whole family would enjoy! and so easy to put together!

  • Reply
    12/03/2018 at 12:14 PM

    Pizza and curry, two amazing takeout foods! Love all the amazing ingredients in this. 🙂

  • Reply
    15/03/2018 at 12:18 PM

    I am so in love with my Instant Pot. It makes dishes like this so much easier to make without spending hours and hours cooking. Saag aloo is one of those dishes that I LOVE, and I’m so happy I can easily make it in the Instant Pot now!

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    22/06/2018 at 4:21 PM

    My husband and I loved this recipe! I wrote it on a recipe card because it is going to be a regular dish in our household. Thank you.

    • Reply
      23/06/2018 at 12:00 PM

      This makes me so happy Shawn! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply
    28/09/2018 at 12:58 AM

    I dont have a minimum line on my pressure cooker. I’ve brought it to pressure with steaming with 1 cup before….would you think 1 cup is enough or I should cover all ingredients with water instead?

    • Reply
      28/09/2018 at 8:58 AM

      Hi Andrea, I think a cup should be fine. Any more than that and the saag aloo would probably be too watery 🙂

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