Easy Indian Creamed Spinach

Easy Indian Creamed Spinach is a deliciously simple variation of the traditional Indian Saag.  Made with fresh tender baby spinach, this dish can be on the table in 20 minutes.

Easy Indian Creamed Spinach

I briefly confessed my love of and addiction to Indian food in last week’s post so it’s not all that surprising that my next post would be an Indian one.  Easy Indian Creamed Spinach is my go-to recipe when I want to make Indian food at home and I’m craving Saag paneer.

Easy Indian Creamed Spinach

I love to be in the kitchen cooking food most every day, but I’ll readily admit that sometimes I get kind of lazy.  When I make Indian food, I’ll think nothing of spending all day making all the curries from scratch, the tandoori marinade, and all the condiments but I’ll be darned if I spend too long on making my favorite Saag paneer.  I’m so lazy, I can’t even bother with the paneer!  hahaha!  Really, I like to keep this dish simple, easy, and fast so I use fresh baby spinach (stems and all) with dried garlic and onion powders.  About 20 minutes later, you’ve got some yummy Saag to put on the table.

Since J and I are trying to eat more vegetarian meals, Indian is a perfect starting point for an all veggie meal.  It’s spicy and highly flavorful, so the meat isn’t missed at all, especially when there’s lots of spicy mango pickle and flaky fried puri/poori bread on the plate 🔥🔥

Easy Indian Creamed Spinach

This creamy comfort food dish is made with the traditional Indian spices of garam masala and turmeric.  I also like to add a decent amount of heavy cream at the end to make it richer and to level out the boldness of the spices.  Out of all the Indian spices, the versatile turmeric is a definite favorite of mine.  Not only does it add a beautiful color to dishes, but it can be used in a variety of different ways with numerous health benefits.   I love using it to season roasted pumpkin seeds, add a flare to my scrambled eggs, and to make a Turmeric and Lemon “Tea” in the morning to rev up my digestive system and to give me a little mini detox.  It’s also great at reducing inflammation and easing joint pain.

Easy Indian Creamed Spinach

So go get your turmeric benefits on by making this delicious Easy Indian Creamed Spinach and raise a fork to your health! 😋🍴


Easy Indian Creamed Spinach

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Easy Indian Creamed Spinach is a deliciously easy variation of the traditional Indian Saag. Made with fresh tender baby spinach, this dish can be on the table in 20 minutes.
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 5 servings
  • 16oz fresh organic baby spinach
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp jalapeno (fresh or pickled), finely minced
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp fresh grated ginger
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  1. In a large skillet, sauté spinach in ¼ cup water over medium-high heat until wilted, about 5 minutes. Remove cooked spinach from the pan and set aside to cool.
  2. In the same pan, add the olive oil and reduce heat to medium, then add the tomato, garlic powder, onion powder, garam masala, jalapeño, turmeric, ginger, and salt. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes or until tomato is soft. Using the back of a wooden spoon, smash the tomato into the bottom of the pan to break it up.
  3. Once spinach has completely cooled, squeeze out any excess water and run a knife through it to chop it up. Add the chopped spinach back to the pan with the tomato mixture, stir well to combine, and heat through. Reduce heat to low. Add the heavy cream to the mixture, stir well, and cook until mixture is heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Easy Indian Creamed Spinach

Easy Indian Creamed Spinach


  1. says

    Spinach never looked so good, Karrie! I bet with all those spices and the good dose of heavy cream at the end, that this recipe is fantastic! I still haven’t had a meal of Indian Food since you talked about it in your last post and I’m seriously craving it right now. This dish looks like the perfect place to start. Awesome for you guys eating more vegetarian meals! Thanks for the great recipe. Pinning! xo
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  2. says

    Indian food is super delish, although I have to admit, I don’t make it as often as I should! Guess I just need to come to your house! 😉 I love creamed spinach, but I’ve never had it like this! This looks totally out of this world delicious, Karrie! So full of flavor, I know I could make a meal out of just this dish! Cheers, sweets! Xo
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  3. says

    I’m not familiar with Indian food, but I am addicted to spinach :) And I use turmeric very often in the kitchen. I love this recipe, it looks great and I would like to try it :) Thank you for sharing ❤❤❤
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    • Karrie@tastyeverafter says

      I love spinach too. I usually use regular spinach but tried baby spinach this time and it makes all the difference in the world! Hope you try it Simona and thanks so much for your kind comments :) xoxoxo

  4. Heather Wells says

    I’ll have to make this for lunch, since it is healthy. And B hates spinach. I like it except when it leaves that weird feeling all over my teeth when I just saute it for myself.

    • Karrie@tastyeverafter says

      B hates all veggies, not just spinach. You should make this for lunch because it’s damn good. Plus it has a shite load of heavy cream in it so that really makes it super damn good.

  5. says

    I’ve never had creamed spinach quite like this. It looks awesome, dude. I love the color of turmeric and am glad to know of all these health benefits! You seriously have one arsenal of Indian recipes! Save me a seat – I’m on the way!
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  6. says

    This looks so delicious and vibrant and creamy!! It’s funny that you mention that Indian is a good way to go when trying to eat less meat, because I absolutely love Indian food but I think in all of my attempts I have maybe successfully made an Indian dish once in my life (not counting things that come out of jars, which are always rather disappointing!). Your simple list of ingredients makes me want to try again! The only thing I don’t have on hand is the garam masala… Fate?!
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    • Karrie@tastyeverafter says

      You are just like the movie Friday…peanut butter, no jelly…ham, no burger…hahahahaha! You know you can make your own garam masala if you want to. I’ve had to do that before, just google the recipe. No more excuses now. heeheeheehee 😉

  7. says

    super delicious. Spinach in this form and you took over indian cuisine too. Creamy texture and the spinach in it. i loved it. You are amazing karrie

  8. says

    I’ve never had spinach like this but it looks absolutely beautiful and delicious! Indian has to be one of my favorite cuisine types. There’s so much variety and everything seems to be bursting with flavor! I hope you have a lovely weekend. :)

  9. says

    Karrie, when we eventually hang out, it’s gonna be the most epic food fest. Like ever! Hehe. I absolutely love Indian food too. I’ve explored many-a Indian restaurants in SF, Oakland, Boston, Chicago, New York. It’s a thing now. Haha. So when I saw your creamed spinach dish, I just immediately started drooling. (As my friend, you’re privvy to tmi details such as this). Super interesting that you and J are trying to eat more vegetarian meals. :) Love that you added a big dose of heavy cream to this one. Have a great week, Karrie! Pinned this one a few times over. 😉
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  10. says

    I love all the spices you used here! I have been trying to spice up my usual meals (pun intended) and it’s amazing what a difference a few pinches of spices can make, they totally transform ordinary ingredients into something new and exciting. I was so happy to make it to your blog tonight to catch up a little :)
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  11. says

    Oh man…can I come to your house for dinner? I would love this! So would hubby! And now I’m thinking – okay – time to try my hand at Indian cooking!!! Thanks for sharing! Delish!

  12. says

    This looks so awesome, Karrie!! With some naan…mmm!!! This recipe actually reminded me of a Persian recipe I group up eating called “borani.” That’s also made with spinach and it’s so yummy with potato chips (which is why I thought you also might like that!!). Here’s a link to the closest thing I can think of to the borani, in case you were interested: http://food52.com/recipes/3541-yoghurt-spinach-dip-borani-esfanaaj-in-the-persian-manner

    Fantastic as always, dear <3

    • Karrie@tastyeverafter says

      Yes Beeta! I love Naan! I just looked up that link and saved the Borani recipe. Yummmmmmmy! I’ve never heard of Borani and will be making it as an appetizer for our next dinner party. It’s definitely my kind of recipe and thank you for recommending it to me :) xoxoxoxoxo

    • Karrie@tastyeverafter says

      Big Indian food kicks are always a good thing! lol! When I crave Indian food, watch out, because I’ll make a bunch of it to have leftovers for several days. Sometimes I can’t get enough of it. You’re welcome to you and your husband 😉 hahahaha

  13. Ben Maclain says

    Simplicity is not that easy, in my book. You may spend hours making an outstanding fancy dish but try doing the same for just 15 minutes, eh? Also, being a huge lover of spinach, I am always happy to find another lovely idea, and this one sounds like I will give it a try one day;)

  14. says

    Karrie I am with you on the Indian thing, love all those spices and Tumeric there is a revolution happening around the world with turmeric. Your tea sounds wonderful very cleansing, and as for your saag paneer, I only have one thing to saw, LOVE IT with a nice fresh naan make it a wrap absolutely mouth watering.
    Good Job Karrie!

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