Indian Punjabi Palak Kadhi - Spinach Curry with Yogurt Sauce

READY IN: 1hr 13mins




  • In a food processor or blender, combine yogurt, 4 cups water, gram flour, 2 tablespoons coriander, turmeric, and salt (do this in 2 batches because of the volume); set aside.
  • Make sure yogurt is thoroughly blended, or it will curdle during the cooking process.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large wok or a saucepan over moderately high heat and cook, stirring, until the peppers sizzle, about 30-45 seconds (they may get white spots on them) (also, stand back in case peppers burst and may fly into your eyes).
  • Add the onion, ginger, and garlic, cooking until the onion is tender, about 2 minutes.
  • Very slowly add the yogurt mixture, stirring constantly, and bring it to a boil, cooking about 4-5 minutes.
  • Make sure you stir the yogurt or it will curdle.
  • Reduce wok heat if ingredients start to boil over.
  • Once liquid comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is smooth and silky, and oil becomes visible, about 45-50 minutes.
  • Adjust thickness of sauce with the exta cup of water, if needed (cook further if it is too thin).
  • Sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead of time.
  • Stir in the fenugreek, then add spinach, and simmer about 5 minutes more.
  • Check consistency of sauce, and thin if necessary.
  • Heat remaining oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat and briefly heat dried peppers (about 30 seconds), shaking pan; stir in coriander and remove from heat (alternatively, for an oil-free method, dry roast peppers and coriander briefly in pan, but do not toast the paprika).
  • Add paprika and IMMEDIATELY pour mixture over the curry; do not delay or the paprika will burn.
  • Serve at once with steamed basmati rice.