Quick Jeera Aloo (Cumin Potatoes)

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.

Ingredients

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.
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Quick Jeera Aloo


  • Author: Mish
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Jeera Aloo, where golden potatoes embrace the aromatic dance of cumin, creating a tantalizing symphony of flavors.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 5 potatoes – medium 
  • ¼ teaspoonAsafoetida powder /Hing
  • 2 teaspoon – WHole Cumin seeds/Jeera
  • 2 Green chilies – slit lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon -Turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon – Amchur powder/Dry mango powder
  • 1 tablespoon –  Coriander powder/Dhania powder
  • 1 teaspoon –  Garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoons – Oil for cooking
  • 1 teaspoon – Salt
  • ½ cupFresh green coriander – finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Boil potatoes, remove the skin and cut the potatoes into cubes.
  2. Heat oil.
  3. Now add asafoetida powder, cumin seeds, slit green chillies, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Cumin seeds will crackle and release their aroma along with asafoetida. Stir well.
  4. Next, add the boiled potatoes.
  5. Coat the potatoes well with all the spices.
  6. Add salt, garam masala powder and amchur powder. Give it a good stir.
  7. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Notes

  1. Jeera aloo can be had on its own like a potato salad or with Indian flat breads (roti, paratha and naan).
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins

Keywords: Jeera Aloo, potatoes with cumin, easy potato curry

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