Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Aloo Jeera with Baby Potatoes

Baby potatoes, stir fried in indian spices.

Potatoes are loved by everyone. And its one of those vegetables that always seems to be present in the kitchen, even when you've missed out on your grocery shopping. Aloo Jeera will definitely make the meal very interesting, making use of the basic ingredients, available in your kitchen.

Serves 2

Prep Time : 20 minutes
Cook Time : 10 minutes


  • Baby Potatoes - 250 gms/0.5 lb (Alternatively you could use normal russet potatoes cut into small 1-inch cubes)
  • Red chillies - 1 or 2 
  • Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoons
  • Chilli powder - 1/2 teaspooon
  • Cumin powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Dry mango powder (Aamchur) - 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida (Hing) - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Oil to fry -  1 1/2 tablespoons
  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 
  • Salt as per taste

Steps followed :

Boil the potatoes in a pressure cooker (upto 3-4 whistles). Check if the potatoes are cooked evenly, by piercing them with a fork. Peel the potatoes.

Take oil in a pan.
Once the oil is heated, add cumin seeds and red chillies. Let it splutter. 
Lower to medium flame, so that you won't burn the spices.

Add the cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, aamchur, hing and stir it up lightly. Spices with strong flavor should be added first, lighter spices are added later on. 

Then add turmeric powder, followed by the potatoes. Sprinkle salt over the potatoes, as per taste.Toss them gently in the spice mixture until all the sides of the potatoes are coated properly. 

Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with rice, dal or phulkas.

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