Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

I searched high and low for this recipe before coming across it on It was so good I must share it with you to save the hassle of trying to find it yourself! This truly is delicious!! Add a few cardamom seeds to the rice for a truly authentic Indian taste! Note: This is quite spicy. If you do not like spicy food, adjust the amount of cayenne pepper (e.g. 1/4 tsp cayenne).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Fry the chicken in 4 tbs oil for around 3-4 minutes until lightly browned and set aside.
  2. Put the spinach in a pot, add 1/4C water.
  3. Bring to the boil and remove from heat.
  4. When cool, grind very well (almost to a paste) in blender and set aside.
  5. Heat the remaining 3 tbs oil in a pan and add ginger, garlic and onions.
  6. Fry until lightly brown.
  7. Add tomatoes, salt, cayenne pepper, ground coriander, turmeric, cloves and cardamom.
  8. Sprinkle with 1 tbs water.
  9. Cook for 10 minutes on a low heat.
  10. Add chicken and milk to the pan.
  11. Simmer until the chicken is tender (about 10 minutes).
  12. Add spinach and garam masala to the pan.
  13. Cook until spinach starts sticking to the pan (about 15 minutes).
  14. Remove from heat, add butter and cover until ready to serve with rice.


Most Helpful

Great choices of spices/ingredients for a very tasty Saag! As a huge fan of saag (saagwala), I have several recipes for chicken saag, and like some of the other raters of this particular recipe, like it very spicey. That said, I doubled the garlic, ginger, and spices. I also prefer a saag that produces more "gravy," thus added about 1/2 cup yogurt plus 1/2 cup chicken broth (at the end), and heated it through. The flavor of this spice combination is very close to what I have also been looking for. My DH also loved it. Added about 1/2 cup cooked sliced mushrooms to the mix. Thank you for sharing a recipe for saag that truly provides the "melded" spices that taste like those we've had in the best East Indian restaurants.

artistclogger August 03, 2009

This was good. I switched out the milk for yogurt and the butter for ghee (clarified butterfat that is commonly used in Indian dishes). I also reduced the amount of oil to 4 tbsp in total. I think next time I will increase the spice mix as I don't think it's enough. It's a good recipe to start with and I think with a little tweaking it could be a great 5-star dish. Thanks for this, MilliesMum!

Olomaya September 01, 2010

AMAZING! I changed it a little by frying all the spices, then the chicken, then putting in the frozen spinach. Would definitely eat again.

PansiesForThoughts June 11, 2010

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