Jeera Aloo

Jeera Aloo is a popular Indian vegetarian side dish, that is usually served with rotis, chapatis, phulkas, paratha, poori, and even with steamed white rice – dal combo. The main vegetable of this dish is potato, which is boiled and then seasoned with whole spices mainly cumin seeds, powdered spices, and curry leaves that enhance the flavor. It’s a simple everyday recipe that requires basic ingredients. So, if you want to know how to prepare this delicious vegetarian side dish, Continue reading…

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2


2 medium sized potatoes
Water, for boiling potatoes
1 teaspoon jeera seeds
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
3/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
2 tablespoons ghee
Coriander leaves, finely chopped
Salt to taste

For blending:
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons coriander seeds

  1. Prep potatoes – Peel off the potato skin, rinse, and cut potatoes into small cubes.
  2. Transfer these cubes into a saucepan. Pour enough water for boiling, along with 1/4 tsp salt. Cook potatoes on a medium flame until they are well cooked.
  3. Drain out the excess water and set cooked potatoes aside.
  4. Dry roast cumin seeds and coriander seeds in a frying pan on low heat for 2 minutes.
  5. Transfer them to a blender and blend into a coarse powder.
  6. Heat oil in the same frying pan.
  7. Once the oil it hot enough, add and fry whole cumin, finely chopped green chili for 20 seconds on low heat.
  8. Add turmeric, red chili powder, and salt to taste. Roast these for 10 seconds. (Make sure that it does not get burnt)
  9. Add boiled potato cubes and gently mix everything.
  10. Add the freshly ground masala powder in and combine everything well.
  11. Cover the lid and cook Jeera aloo for 2-3 minutes and turn off.
  12. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve.
Jeera Aloo
  • Tweak the quantity of each ingredient as per your taste and preference.
  • Do not overcook potatoes.
  • If you fall short of the freshly ground masala powder while cooking, you can use the ready cumin powder and coriander powder.
  • Drizzle half a lime on top of Jeera aloo if you like some tanginess.

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Rating: 1 out of 5.

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