Jeera Aaloo (Serves: 3-4, Preparation Time: 20 minutes)

Jeere Wale Aaloo are an integral part of  the ‘Vrat Ka Khana’ (‘fast’ special spread). These Aloo are simple and quick to make, and taste great!

I have another fond memory of these Aaloo – the one with the train journeys……they taste oh! so delicious with poori and pickles. Though mom use to ensure that I was well fed before we started the train journey, but there was something about the train journey, that made me want to eat the food as soon as the train set off.

So here are the special Aaloo…. this recipe will definitely come in handy when you’re on a rush and yet want to prepare something yummy, or are about to travel!

  • 4 medium sized potatoes, boiled
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin (jeera)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp bhuna jeera powder
  • 1 tsp amchoor powder (dry mango powder)
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ lemon’s juice (optional)
  • Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • Cut the boiled potatoes into small cubes

  • In a large bowl or plate, mix the chopped potatoes with all the spices (dhania, chilli, amchoor, bhuna jeera and turmeric powder) and salt (use sendha namak for ‘fast’ preparation) and keep aside

  • Heat oil in a wok, crackle the jeera and add green chilli; follow up with the potatoes

  • Roast  them on low-medium flame for 7-8 minutes till turn golden brown (if you like them crisper, roast a little longer)

  • Take them off the stove, squeeze half a lemon’s juice and garnish with chopped coriander leaves

  • You enjoy them as a stand alone meal or eat them with parathas/pooris
Quick and hassle free way of boiling potatoes – Thoroughly wash the potatoes, pierce each potato with a fork or knife, put them in a polythene bag, microwave high for 5-6 minutes for 4 medium potatoes; if not fully ‘boiled’, microwave for additional 2-3 minutes

Here’s my favorite Aaloo recipe, what’s your’s? Is there a different and interesting version you would like to share with me and the other readers?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love the Aaloo Poorie that is sold on the railway stations too! But, I like your recipe; its quite similar to the one that my mom also makes. Could you please post the recipe of the spicy Aaloo with gravy, please?

  2. Ishita says:

    Most of us like Aaloo in one form or other…you could check the dum Aaloo recipe on my blog and will be posting more aaloo recipes soon.

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