Aloo Jeera (Potatoes Flavoured With Cumin)

Aloo Jeera (Potatoes Flavoured With Cumin)

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I was a bit hesitant to try out this recipe initially, since I’m not a big fan of cumin. If you’ve noticed I use fennel (perumjeerakam) regularly in my Indian cooking. It’s one of my favourite spices. I feel that fennel enhances the flavour of the dish, especially non veg dishes. I sometimes think that fennel and myself were destined to be together.

During my first ever grocery shopping, I bought almost half a kg of fennel. That time, I didnt know there were different types of jeera. I just saw fennel and assumed it to be the “jeera” and bought it. I used it in all the recipes which uses cumin/jeera. I used it in thorans, dal curries etc; Until one day, when one of our friends told me I’m using the wrong kind of jeera!

But cumin, is a totally different story. I blame jeeraka vellom (cumin flavoured hot water)  for that. During my school days, whenever we visit some place, the first thing offered was hot jeeraka vellom and I used to hate it those days. Somehow cumin reminds me of those days and I maintained my distance. Since change is the only constant thing in life, my attittude towards cumin also changed a bit. These days I like Jeera rice and I dont mind a bit of jeera in curries too.

Though this dish uses good amount of jeera, it’s not overpowering. It’s a very simple and quick dish to put together if you are in a hurry. It goes well with rice and roti.

Suggested rice dishes for this recipe: Veg Pulao, Jaldi Tomato Rice, Ghee Rice. You can also have it with plain rice.

Heat oil in a pan and crackle jeera. Add grated/crushed ginger and garlic. Cook for 2-3 mins…

Step 1

Add chopped onion and cook till they become golden brown in colour. Add the masala powders and cook till the raw smell goes, around 2-4 mins…

Step 2

Add chopped tomato along with salt and sugar, mix well. Add 1/4 cup water and cook…

Step 3

When tomato becomes soft, add cooked potatoes. Add 1/4 cup hot water and combine well. Make sure the potato pieces are coated well with the masala. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves…

Step 4

Recipe adapted from Vanitha Pachakam Magazine

Aloo Jeera
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Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • Potato - 2 large (450 gms), cut into medium size cubes
  • Onion - 3 med -big, chopped
  • Ginger and garlic - 1.5 - 2 tsp, each crushed/grated
  • Cumin (jeera) - 2 tsp
  • Tomato - 2 medium, chopped
  • Chilli powder - 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 - 2.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
  • pepper powder - ¼ tsp
  • Garam masala - ½ tsp
  • Sugar - a pinch
  • Salt
  • Oil - I used sunflower
  • Coriander leaves - for garnishing
Instructions
  1. Boil the potatoes with salt till they are done. Make sure not to overcook them. They should retain the shape.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and crackle jeera. Add grated/crushed ginger and garlic. Cook for 2-3 mins. Add chopped onion and cook till they become golden brown in colour. Add the masala powders and cook till the raw smell goes, around 2 - 4 mins. Add chopped tomatoes along with salt and sugar, mix well. Add ¼ cup water and cook. When tomato becomes soft, add cooked potatoes. Add ¼ cup hot water and combine well. Make sure the potato pieces are coated well with the masala. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice/roti.
Notes
If you are making it for roti, you can add more water in the end. You can also add a dash of lemon also in the end.

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  • Maria John

    Potato is one of my fav veggies..love to have it anytime.Very delicious and tempting

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Maria :) Hope you get to try it soon and like it too..

  • Subna

    Hi maria,
    I have been following ur blog for some time now bt this is the first time I’m commenting .this recipe turned out great.thanks for posting this :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Subna for the comment :) Good to know that you’ve been following this space.

  • Preeti Chakravarti

    Hi Maria,
    Was searching for an easy aloo recipe and came across this. I didnt have garam masala, so used sambar powder instead – the result was absolutely fabulous.
    BTW though am not a Malayali, I grew up in Kochi and the recipes in your blog are so familiar to me.. will be a regular visitor from now on – great blog! :) :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Preeti,

      Thanks a lot for leaving a comment here. Adding sambar powder sounds like a good idea :)

      Hope you get to try more recipes from here and like them too..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Litty Ann

    Tried this recipe and it turned out awesome. My husband who doesn’t
    normally eat potatoes loved it too! Thankyou Maria for your recipes and keep ‘em
    coming! For an amateur like me, you are God send J
    Cheers!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Litty,

      Good to know that this recipe was a hit with your husband :) Thank you so much for sharing your feedback here.

      Cheers
      Maria

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