Wednesday, August 17, 2022



From time to time, I make sure we have some potato dish at home. If cooked in the right way, potatoes can be tasty and though they have earned a dubious reputation through the popularity of dishes like French Fries, they are a good source of fibre. Potatoes have numerous health benefits as detailed in this article in WebMD.

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for some tasty dishes made with potatoes, such as:-

Today's recipe is for a side dish of shallow fried potatoes (Aloo in Hindi) cooked in a masala made with coriander leaves (Dhaniya in Hindi) and spices. I have adapted this recipe from Dhaniya Wale Dum Aloo by the noted cookery expert Nisha Madhulika.

 I tried this out recently and we enjoyed it 


  • Small sized Potatoes, 10 or about 400 gms,
  • Coriander Leaves, (Dhaniya) 100 gms
  • Medium-sized Chillies, 3
  • Ginger, 1/2 " piece + a little to make juliennes for garnish 
  • Cumin Seeds, (Jeera), 1/2 tsp
  • Dry Fenugreek,(Kasuri Methi), 1 tsp
  • Black Peppers, (Kali Mirch), 4
  • Cardamom, (Elaichi), 1
  • Cloves, (Laung), 2
  • Small -sized Lemon, 1
  • Oil, 3 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste

Wash and cook the potatoes in a pressure cooker with adequate water , adding a little salt , for 2 whistles
Once the cooker cools, remove the potatoes and peel them. Keep aside

Wash and roughly chop the coriander leaves,
Chop the green chillies and ginger

In a small mixer jar, grind together the coriander leaves, green chillies, ginger, to a smooth paste adding just the required amount of water 

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a thick-bottomed pan and add the potatoes and fry them till they become slightly golden in colour
Transfer to a plate

In the same pan, add and heat 1 tbsp of oil and on medium heat add the cumin seeds
When they sizzle add the cardamom, cloves and black peppers and sauté till they give off a good aroma
Lightly crush the kasuri methi between your palms. Add this and mix well
Next add the freshly ground coriander paste and little water (about 1/2 cup) from the mixer jar 
Add salt to taste and mix well
Add the shallow fried potatoes and mix them well with the masala and cook on medium heat for about 4-5 minutes
Switch off the gas
Squeeze the lemon juice and mix well 
Lastly, garnish with ginger juliennes 
Serve with chapati, nan etc 

* The potatoes should be roughly of equal size
* Ginger juliennes are thin strips of ginger used for garnish

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