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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Aloo Bhaji

UPDATE: Over the years, I've made one little addition to this recipe, that I think makes this recipe even more delicious. After the mustard seeds sputter, add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and let it release its aroma, should take a few seconds. Then continue with the recipe. Nothing else changes. Keep a close eye on the cumin seeds and don't let it burn.

I've been having such crazy days of late, I just don't know where all the 24 hours off the day go. Things such seem to be happening at such a frenzied pace, and that too for no reason in particular. I wonder what brought this on. Since I haven't been able to devote much time to this space, I decided I was going to make up for it by posting one of my all time favorites - the humble aloo bhaji (A mildly spiced potato stir fry.) I do love my fries and mashed potatoes, but sometimes I find myself longing for a portion of this stir fry.

Making this stir fry can be super quick, not to mention easy, if you have a few boiled potatoes at hand. Make sure that when you're boiling potatoes for this stir fry, you don't overcook them, else they will not hold their shape and get all mush. It'll still taste great, but just won't be as much of a visual treat. I usually wash the potatoes and pressure cook them with some water and salt for about 10 minutes after the first whistle. Remember to turn your gas to low after the whistle.

This stir fry is a versatile side dish. In India, every region tweaks it a little and uses it in loads of different ways.  It can be served with some hot chapatis (Whole wheat flat bread), pooris (savory deep fried flat bread), used as stuffing for masala dosas (savory crispy crepes filled with this potato mix) and so on. I'm going to try to post each of these in the future. Oh! and by the way, this potato mix makes for a lovely topping on a slice of toasted bread or can also be used as a filling for a grilled sandwich. How about that!

Aloo Bhaji
(Serves 4)

2-3 potatoes, boiled, peeled and cubed
1 large onion, chopped
1-2 green chillies, cut into about 3-4 pieces
6-8 curry leaves
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp (scant) turmeric powder
Juice of about 1/4 lime
1-2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, chopped
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Heat the oil in a pan. 

On a medium flame, add the mustard seeds and let them sputter. Add the curry leaves. Let it fry for a few seconds.

Add the chopped chilly and let it release it flavors in the oil.

Tip in the chopped onions and saute it for a few minutes till the onions have softened and turned a light brown.

Add the turmeric powder and stir well. Let it cook for about a minute. Stir to make sure it doesn't stick to the pan and burn.

Add the lime juice and salt to taste and stir well. 

Tip in the potatoes and stir well till the potatoes are well coated with the spice mix. 

Check for seasoning and adjust, if needed.

Once the potatoes have heated through, sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves and toss lightly. Take the pan off the heat.

Serve hot.

This recipe is linked to -
Savory Sunday
Mangia Mondays
My Meatless Mondays
Just Another Meatless Monday
Hearth and Soul
Tuesdays At The Table
Delectable Tuesday
Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays
A Little Birdie Told Me
Let's Do Brunch

Secret Recipe Club


  1. Your recipes all look delicious. I can't wait to try a few.
    Take care,

  2. Aloo Bhaji looks delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul hop.

  3. Thanks Shauna & Swathi!

  4. Chef in TrainingAugust 3, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    this looks absolutely delicious! You have a great blog with a lot of amazing recipes! thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments! I love making new blog friends! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me too! Thanks!

  5. Thanks for stopping by Nikki!

  6. I had troubles yesterday when I was trying to comment. I thought this would make a delicious alternative to traditional potato salads at a picnic or potluck. Thanks for sharing this recipe with the Heath and Soul Hop.

  7. Thank you Alea!

  8. Trisha, I hope the hectic pace of life has eased up a bit. I know how head-spinning it can be when the days whiz by.

    Your Aloo-Bhaji sounds delicious. I love the combination of spices. I'm featuring your post on my FB page today!


  9. Thanks for stopping by and for the feature Jenn!

  10. This looks delicious! I can't wait to try making it. I'm following now & just pinned the recipe on Pinterest too! Thanks for visiting my blog =)

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting


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