Spinach Corn Gravy (Zero Oil/Butter)


Spinach corn gravy is something I regularly cook, but for a change tried without using Oil/ butter, and I am surprised with the outcome. Hubby couldn’t believe I didn’t use oil! Infact he ate some extra gravy appreciating the taste:-)  I have to thank my Co-bloggers for inspiring me to try Oil free cooking.  For Tofu Butter Masala I had cooked onion and tomato before grinding. I remember I didn’t taste raw smell, so I followed similar procedure and prepared this gravy. No after taste (raw smell).

Spinach Corn Gravy

Preparation Time : 10 min | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Side dish


Spinach –  2 cups

Frozen Corn – 1 cup

Onion – 1 big

Cashew – 7

Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

Garam Masala powder – 1 tsp

Green Chilli – 1 ( Adjust according to your spice level)

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – as needed

Sugar –  generous pinch



  • Boil onion and cashew in hot water till the raw smell in onion goes off. Strain the water. When it comes to room temperature, blend them into fine paste without adding water


  • Rinse the spinach well in water. Boil water with pinch of sugar and salt. Add the spinach to the boiling water. Cook and switch off the flame, after 3-5 mins drain and quickly pour cold water over the spinach. Transfer them into a blender and make fine paste, with green chilli



  • Heat the non stick pan/heavy bottomed/andoized pan in medium heat and add ginger garlic paste and 1 tsp of water.  Sauté till the water is absorbed and raw smell goes off. If water evaporated before raw smell goes spinkle some more water


  • Add Onion and cashew puree and cook for 3-4 minutes  keep stirring occasionally


  •  Add spinach puree, garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and allow it to cook for 2-3 mins


  • Add corn and combine well and cook for 2-3 minutes



My Notes:

  • I have used frozen corn so I didn’t steam them. If you are using fresh corn, steam them before adding
  • Add water if you think the gravy is too thick
  • Sugar helps to retain the green color in spinach
  • Green peas, tofu/ paneer can also be added
  • Can add milk/fresh cream/coconut milk to the gravy
  • Whole spices (bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom etc) can be added
  • This gravy goes well with any variety rice like fried rice/ pulao as well as with naan/rotis
  • Butter can be added for flavour
  • Tomatoes can be added while cooking onion

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67 thoughts on “Spinach Corn Gravy (Zero Oil/Butter)

  1. Aloo Palak | Traditionally Modern Food February 24, 2015 at 6:25 PM Reply

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  2. Liz September 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM Reply

    Awesome combination and thanks for sharing!

  3. Priya September 8, 2014 at 8:58 AM Reply

    Very healthy corn palak, zero oil makes this dish more interesting.

  4. noodlesforthoughts September 8, 2014 at 12:44 AM Reply

    Zero Oil!! Gotta try.. so so healthy 🙂

  5. radhikasethi September 7, 2014 at 7:35 AM Reply

    Lovely color dear! Looks and sounds too delicious 😄

  6. Treat and Trick September 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM Reply

    This healthy combo looks so yum!

  7. cookingwithtoddlers September 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM Reply

    I love how vibrant this dish is…can’t wait to make it!

  8. cheri September 6, 2014 at 5:11 PM Reply

    Love the way you prepared this, never thought of boiling onion and cashew together, very clever.

  9. Bingo's Mom September 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM Reply

    No oil used!! Wow… that’s awesome!

  10. Lyfé Wisdom September 6, 2014 at 11:53 AM Reply

    This makhi ka saag. Never had saag with corn before, but I must try it. Great recipe and hope you visit The Candid Nation!

  11. Sushma Mallya September 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM Reply

    Lovely click …v healthy recipe 🙂

  12. deliciouslynell September 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM Reply

    Looks so healthy!

  13. salmadinani September 5, 2014 at 7:23 PM Reply

    Seems like a simple recipe to make. I like the combination of spinach and corn.

  14. natasha September 5, 2014 at 6:53 PM Reply

    Wow no oil, awesome plus corn yumm

  15. Sony P September 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM Reply

    Delicious combo dear……. Looks healthy version !!

  16. swathiiyers September 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM Reply

    Oil free healthy soup, I like to call that way. great.

  17. simplyvegetarian777 September 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM Reply

    Fabulous 🙂

  18. Amanda September 5, 2014 at 10:44 AM Reply

    This looks so good! Yum. I love the deep green color.

  19. Vimitha September 5, 2014 at 10:44 AM Reply

    Thats a nice combo. never tried this. will try soon

  20. apsara September 5, 2014 at 9:57 AM Reply

    Yummy combination! The cashews must make it so creamy…love the color.

  21. Chitra Jagadish September 5, 2014 at 3:53 AM Reply

    super cool vidya dear, am just loveing the elegant colour of this soup/gravy…2 in 1 amazing.. ❤

    • Traditionally Modern Food September 5, 2014 at 2:46 PM Reply

      Thanku C:-) after you guys told now I realize y v didn’t try them as a soup. Next time will try

  22. swapnakarthi September 5, 2014 at 3:26 AM Reply

    What a bright colored gravy Vidya,must try them soon….

  23. kurinji September 5, 2014 at 3:09 AM Reply

    colorful and healthy recipe…

  24. Bikramjit September 5, 2014 at 2:56 AM Reply

    That just looks healthy. Wow

  25. sindhoooo September 5, 2014 at 1:29 AM Reply

    Wow! You haven’t added oil to fry ginger garlic paste! Looks great! A must try recipe! Thank you Vidya 🙂 And you look very beautiful in sari… TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  26. Francesca Trucco September 5, 2014 at 1:29 AM Reply

    The fact it is zer oil /butter is wonderful for my current diet!! Thanks so much for your nice receipts

  27. Patty Nguyen September 5, 2014 at 1:19 AM Reply

    The colors are so vibrant!

  28. Bonnie Eng September 5, 2014 at 12:30 AM Reply

    Wow, love the colors! 🙂

  29. Aruna Panangipally September 4, 2014 at 11:49 PM Reply

    Looks amazing, Vidya. Corn and spinach is such a classic combination and how wonderful to be able to enjoy it without the oil!

    • Traditionally Modern Food September 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM Reply

      Yes Aruna I agree:-) thank you should explore many dishes.

      • Aruna Panangipally September 5, 2014 at 12:01 AM

        True, true….. Actually I used to do a lot of oil free cooking a few years ago when I had to please Shani Devaa….. Saturdays used to be oil free food for me. 🙂

      • Traditionally Modern Food September 5, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        Oh is it thats nice. Pls post your recipes Aruna. I am eager to try oil free cooking

  30. mihrank September 4, 2014 at 11:41 PM Reply

    This is very healthy!

  31. srividhya September 4, 2014 at 11:31 PM Reply

    Love the blanching process.. I do the same to retain the color 🙂 great recipe

  32. Malar September 4, 2014 at 11:26 PM Reply

    It looks so yummy Vidya, this can also be had as a soup 😀 Lovely 🙂

  33. Namrata September 4, 2014 at 11:25 PM Reply

    beautiful colour. spinach and corn is always a palette pleaser!

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