One of the first blog posts I wrote was “Cooking a Life Less Ordinary” … when meals get mundane, mix it up. This is precisely how today’s dish came about. We had some potatoes left over and I wanted to cook a side dish with a bit of spice to it. Aloo Jeera was the perfect answer.
Make a really tasty and simple side dish at home with this easy recipe.
Aloo Jeera – Potato with Cumin Seeds
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Large saucepan
- Saute or frying pan with a lid
There are many recipes for aloo jeera available (some refer to is as jeera aloo), the ingredients below are the ones I chose after reading a few and experimenting with flavours and cooking techniques.
Some traditional recipes use a pinch of asafoetida. I tried it, wasn’t for me. If you want to add this, I recommend trying it first to see whether it’s to your personal taste.
- 1 kg / 2lb potatoes
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 tbsp ginger
- 1-2 green chili
- 1 shallot
- Chopped cilantro (garnish)
- 150ml water
- 1-3 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 tsp coriander powder
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp tandoori masala
- ¼-½ tsp chili powder
- Pinch salt
I use rapeseed oil, it gives the dish a little extra flavour. The amount of cumin seeds and chili powder is personal preference, I went with the lower end for the heat level I was looking for (relatively low).
- Thinly slice and dice the ginger and shallot. Seed and thinly slice the green chili. Peel the potatoes and cut them into bite-sized cubes.
- Par boil the potato chunks in a large saucepan for 6-7 mins until they are soft, then drain and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a saute or frying pan over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and fry for 10 secs. Then add the shallot, ginger and green chili pieces, stir fry for 1 min.
- Add the coriander, turmeric, chili and tandoori masala powders and salt to taste. Stir fry for a few seconds, then carefully add in the potatoes. Stir fry for 2-3 mins, ensuring that the potatoes are coated with the spices.
- Add 150 ml of water, put the lid on the pan and simmer over low heat for 20-25 mins until the potatoes are fully cooked through. Check every few mins, if the potatoes have completely dried out, add a little more water.
- Serve as a side dish, garnished with coriander. Or with some fried eggs as an entire meal.
Hints, Tips and Pictures
- Check out the Cooking a Life Less Ordinary post for how to re-imagine meal times.
- Leftovers can be served with fried eggs for breakfast the next day.
- To get extra flavour into the potatoes, gently rock the drained potato chunks around in the saucepan to rough up the edges a little.
- Check out the Goan Imports blog for loads of excellent recipes of this genre.