Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Jeera Aloo

You know, once a reader mailed me saying, "Don't give us simple recipes. We know all that. Give us something we don't know". Ah well, Jeera Aloo is another of those recipes which you are most likely to know. But then again, I share recipes that I cook. Even if the recipe is a breeze, I still feel the need to share it. It's cooked by me, after all.

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You should make Jeera Aloo when you don't want to make anything else. It will never dash your hopes. I promise. All you have to do is cut the potatoes into cubes and cook them in cumin seeds and some other simple spices. This dry sabzi when paired with any dal or a gravy dish is adequate to complement any meal. That's what I do to escape elaborate cooking on lazy days.

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Jeera Aloo is one of the most popular Indian vegetarian dishes, and therefore, there are many variations to it; cumin seeds being the dominant spice. I too keep altering this recipes many a times. The one I have shared today is the basic one. It's a dry dish and hence non-messy if you carry it while traveling. Pack it with some parathas or roti. Like I did during our last road trip.

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Jeera Aloo

Adapted from: Pure & Simple


Potatoes, 4 nos., medium sized, par-boiled and cut into 1" cubes
Cumin seeds, 1 tsp.
Asafoetida (hing), a pinch
Coriander powder, 1 tbsp.
Red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp.
Dry mango powder (amchur), 1/2 tsp.
Lemon juice, 1 tsp.
Salt as per taste
Coriander leaves for garnishing

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add asafoetida and cumin seeds. Next, add the cubed potatoes and all the dry spices along with salt. Mix well and cook for 5 mins stirring occasionally.

  2. Add lemon juice and coriander leaves before serving.

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  1. sounds very tasty.....Bookmarked....

  2. love the tempting Arundhati

  3. So true, this will not only complete the meal but get you applauds! Lovely pics dear! :)

  4. What a delicious dish. Will surely try out soon. Thanks for sharing.
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  5. Have got feedly now ... ebaar regularly updates pabo.
    Tomar blog er layout change korecho?! Khub bhalo lagche. :-)

  6. Had left a line and cannot see it now.

  7. ridiculously important recipe for someone like me who is a forgetful idiot. :D

  8. Oh good God, this reminds me of college. My roommate, Gujarati and hence a staunch vegetarian, used to cook this while I slobbered all over her shoulders trying to learn.

    Nice blog you have here. Here for 5 minutes and already loving it!