Indian Spiced Meat with Curried Potato Salad and Creamed Spinach


  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped, divided
  • Two boxes chopped frozen spinach (10 ounces each), thawed and dried
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon grill seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs or 1-inch-thick beef sirloin or rib lamb chops
  • 4 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • One can chickpeas (15 1/2 ounces), drained
  • 2 tablespoons curry paste
  • 1/4 cup mango chutney, plus more to pass around the table
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 4 scallions, chopped


In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO, one turn of the pan, over medium heat. Add half the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach and yogurt, season with salt and pepper and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and keep warm; wipe out the skillet.

In a small bowl, mix the cumin, coriander, grill seasoning, turmeric, allspice and paprika. Rub the spice mixture all over the meat and let stand for 15 minutes. In the reserved skillet, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO, two turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 6 minutes on each side (or add the steak or lamb and cook for 5 minutes on each side for medium-rare). Transfer to a plate.

In a large pot, combine the potatoes and enough water to cover, bring to a boil and salt the water. Cook the potatoes until tender, about 12 minutes; drain.

While the potatoes cook, in a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons EVOO, two turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper, remaining onion and the garlic and cook for 7 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth, chickpeas and curry paste and cook until reduced, about 5 minutes; season with salt. Stir in the chutney until dissolved, then stir in the peas. Add the potatoes and scallions.

Serve the meat with the potato salad and spinach alongside. Pass extra chutney at the table.

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