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The Occasional Vegetarian's Spinach Saag with Spiced Potato Balls

[Photograph: Caroline Russock]

As a devotee to all forms of creamed spinach—from steakhouse to homemade and everything in between—there's always been a special place in my heart for palak saag, that wonderfully creamy Indian spinach dish.

Whether it's spiced with nutmeg, fenugreek, or both as is the case with this Spinach Saag with Spiced Potato Balls from The Occasional Vegetarian, there's something about creamy spinach that just exudes comfort.

But this recipe elevates an already great saag by adding
alu kofta, little deep-fried balls of mashed potatoes tinged yellow with turmeric and spiced with chiles, ginger, and garlic. Crisp on the outside and creamy within, these potato balls have the same just-can't-stop-eating-'em goodness as another deep-fried potato-y treat: Tater Tots. Indian-inspired Tater Tots over Indian-accented creamed spinach? Yes, please. Totally comforting and familiar yet filled with the warming and exotic flavors of India.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of The Occasional Vegetarian to give away this week.

Adapted from The Occasional Vegetarian by Elaine Louie. Copyright © 2011. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved

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