Jeera Aloo Recipe - Spice Up The Curry (2024)

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Jeera aloo is home-style, delicious and quick to make Indian side dish. This is one of the simplest potato-based sabzi recipes.

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❤️ About This Jeera Aloo Recipe

When you translate the name, jeera=cumin seeds and aloo=potatoes. Meaning boiled potatoes are flavored with cumin.

This jeera aloo sabji has mild flavors as very few spice powders are used and that too in very little quantity. So the most flavor is coming from the cumin aka jeera. Hence the name jeera aloo.

This is such a quick recipe that doesn’t call for much prep work. It gets ready in 10 minutes only (if you have boiled the potatoes ahead of time).

Make ahead option: I prefer to make this for the lunchbox, as I can make it in no time during busy mornings. I keep washed potatoes in instant pot (with timer option) at night, so when I wake up I’ll have boiled potatoes ready to use.

This Indian side dish is vegan and gluten-free.

🧾 Ingredient Notes

Here is the pic of the ingredients used in making the simple and delicious jeera aloo recipe. You’ll need only 10 ingredients and all of them are very basic and easily available.

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  • Potatoes: Here in the USA, I prefer to use red skin or Yukon gold potatoes for any Indian dishes. I don’t prefer the russet, Idaho potatoes as they don’t have enough moisture and starch. So they don’t hold the shape after boiling and may crumble or fall apart as you cut into cubes. If you are in India, you’re good to go.
  • Adding ginger and green chilies enhances the flavor. I would not use garlic, as it overpowers the cumin flavor.
  • Adding lemon/lime juice at the end will perk up the whole dish to a new level. So please do not skip.

👩‍🍳 How To Make Jeera Aloo? (Stepwise)

Boiling potatoes: Check out this post of instant pot boiled potatoes for details. Or use the stovetop pressure cooker (2 whistles). Once the potatoes are cool to touch, peel and discard the skin. Cut into cubes.

1) Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Cumin seeds will get a nice brown color and you’ll have a nice toasty aroma of the cumin.

2) Now add ginger and green chili. Saute for 30-40 seconds or until the raw smell of ginger goes away.

3) Add turmeric powder and mix.

4) Immediately add cubed potatoes, salt, red chili powder, and coriander powder.

5) Mix well so all the masala is coated to cubed potatoes. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until potatoes gets hot. If it is sticking to the pan then add a splash of water and continue.

6) Now add lemon juice and mix. Turn off the stove. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.

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💭 Expert Tips For Jeera Aloo Recipe

  • Be careful while boiling the potatoes. They should be just soft (not overcooked where they become crumbly or mushy).
  • To get the clean-cut and nice cubes of potatoes, always let the boiled potatoes cool down completely and then chop. If chopped/cubed while they are piping hot, they will surely break and become crumbly.
  • Sautéing the cumin seeds till they are brown in color is MUST. Otherwise, you will not get a good cumin flavor. As the cumin seeds fry in the oil, they give a strong aroma. This is what we are looking for.
  • Sometimes while cooking jeera aloo sabzi it might stick to the bottom of the pan. If this happens sprinkle a little water and continue.

🍽 Serving Ideas For Jeera Aloo

Serve jeera aloo with Indian bread like roti, poori, paratha, bedmi puri, etc.

This can be served as a side dish with your dal-chawal. I would serve roasted papad on the side for some crunch.

You can mash it lightly and use this as a stuffing for sandwiches.

You can make paratha roll by stuffing this jeera aloo sabji with some thinly sides salad (cabbage, carrot, bell pepper) as a topping – like kathi roll.

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Check Out Other Potato-based Sabzis

  • Sukhi bhaji
  • Batata bhaji
  • Lasaniya batata
  • Dry aloo matar
  • Aloo methi
  • Palak sabzi (with potatoes)

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Jeera Aloo Recipe

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Jeera aloo is home-style, delicious and quick to make Indian side dish. This goes well with roti, poori, paratha or as a side dish with dal-rice.

Kanan

Prep Time 3 minutes mins

Cook Time 7 minutes mins

Total Time 10 minutes mins

Serving Size 2

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)

Ingredients

  • 2 medium or 1 ½ cups Potatoes, Boiled, peeled and cubed (See Notes)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Cumin seeds
  • 2 Green chilies, chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 2-3 teaspoons Lemon juice, or lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro or coriander leaves

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Seeds will get a nice brown color and you’ll have a nice toasty aroma of the cumin.

  • Now add ginger and green chili. Saute for 30-40 seconds or until the raw smell of ginger goes away.

  • Add turmeric powder and mix.

  • Immediately add cubed potatoes, salt, red chili powder, and coriander powder.

  • Mix well so all the masala is coated to the potatoes. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until potatoes get shot. If it is sticking to the pan then add a splash of water and continue.

  • Now add lemon juice and mix. Turn off the stove. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.

Notes

Sauteing the cumin seeds till they are brown in color is MUST. Otherwise, you will not get a good cumin flavor. As the cumin fry in the oil, they give a strong aroma. This is what we are looking for.

Boiling potatoes:

  • Check out this post of instant pot boiled potatoes for details. Or use the stovetop pressure cooker (2 whistles).
  • Once they are cool to touch, peel and discard the skin. Cut into cubes.
  • Be careful while boiling potatoes. They should be just soft (not overcooked where they become crumbly or mushy).
  • To get the clean-cut and nice cubes of potatoes, always let the boiled potatoes cool down completely and then chop. If chopped/cubed while they are piping hot, they will surely break and become crumbly.

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal (11%) | Carbohydrates: 26.2g (9%) | Protein: 2.6g (5%) | Fat: 11.4g (18%) | Saturated Fat: 1.5g (8%) | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 600mg (25%) | Potassium: 480mg (14%) | Fiber: 3g (12%) | Sugar: 1.6g (2%)

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