Quick Jeera Aloo (Cumin Potatoes)
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Craving Comfort? Try Jeera Aloo – A Flavorful Indian Potato Dish
When seeking a quick, healthy, and flavorsome side dish, Jeera Aloo always comes to mind! Enjoy the delightful fusion of tender potatoes and earthy cumin in this classic Indian dish that’s perfect for a hearty meal.
What Is Jeera Aloo and Why You’ll Love It
Jeera Aloo, meaning “cumin potatoes” in Hindi, is a versatile and vibrant spiced side dish that complements various Indian dishes.
Naturally gluten-free, and vegan, this delicious potato dish is packed with cumin goodness and fresh herbs, making it tempting for everyone at the table.
Easy Steps to Prepare Jeera Aloo
Here’s a simple guide to preparing Jeera Aloo, ensuring a delightful, well-seasoned dish every time.
Assemble Your Ingredients:
Potatoes – These are the meat of the dish. You’ll need 3-5 medium-sized potatoes. Choose any variety.
Spices: The key spice here is cumin, alongside others: asafoetida powder (optional), turmeric powder, amchur (dry mango powder), coriander powder, and garam masala.
Green chilies: To add a touch of aroma and heat, use a few slit green chilies.
Oil: Use any neutral vegetable oil of your choice for cooking.
Fresh green coriander: Enhance the dish’s taste with a generous dose of chopped green coriander leaves (cilantro).
Dry Mango Powder – Mostly marketed as ‘Amchur Powder,’ this ingredient is essential to get that tangy flavor that Aloo Jeera is known for. You’ll need about a tablespoon of this magic masala.
Coriander Leaves – About ½ cup or 30g of finely chopped cilantro is needed for the garnish.
Getting to Know the Optional Spices
- Asafoetida: A pungent spice often used in Indian cuisine, to mimic onions and garlic. However, it is optional in this recipe because I don’t want you to think that you cannot cook this dish if you don’t have that ingredient.
- Amchur: A tangy dry mango powder, also optional. Use lemon juice instead if unavailable.
- Coriander Leaves (Cilantro): If you don’t like cilantro, feel free to leave it out.
Preparing Your Dish
- Boil potatoes with their skin to retain nutrients, flavor, and texture.
- Remove the skin and cut boiled potatoes into cubes.
- In a pan or wok, heat oil and add spices, starting with asafoetida, cumin seeds, green chilies, coriander, and turmeric powder. Fry on low heat to release their full aroma.
- Add boiled potatoes, tossing them evenly with the spice mix.
- Finish off with salt, garam masala, amchur or lemon juice, and stir gently to avoid breaking the potatoes.
- Garnish with plenty of fresh green coriander leaves before serving.
How to Serve Your Flavorful Jeera Aloo
Jeera Aloo can be served on its own like a potato salad or alongside Indian flatbreads like roti, paratha, and naan or with rice and a dal (lentil soup)
Make Your Jeera Aloo Even More Delightful
- Swap amchur with lemon juice for a tangy kick and add it to the dish just before finishing.
- Incorporate ginger-garlic paste for additional flavor.
- Cook spices on low heat to prevent burning.
- Try using roughly powdered roasted cumin as a flavorful twist
- If you don’t have asafetida powder, you can substitute; per 1/4 teaspoon needed: 1/4 teaspoon onion powder plus 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.