Thursday, September 22, 2011

Jeera Aloo | Alu Jeera | Cumin Potatoes

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You all know by now that how much I love these baby potatoes as I have already posted many recipes with it and I would like to use them where ever they can be easily replaced with the regular potatoes.Aloo jeera is generally prepared with cubes of alu but I feel that these baby potatoes add a pretty look to the dish.I tasted this for the first time from a colleague's lunch box,she had brought parathas with jeera alu and some North Indian achaar.I still remember how every one attacked her lunch box for a bite of this delicious potato and pickle with paratha.I fell in love instantly with the extremely flavorful jeera alu and I immediately took the recipe from her.The freshly roasted and ground masala does the trick and always keep the spices minimal to get the actual taste of the dish.This is a very dry dish and is ideal for traveling as well.Try this simple but extremely flavorful cumin potatoes and I am sure even you will fall in love with them like I did.

Jeera Alu Recipe:
(Serves 2-3)

Ingredients:
15-18 Baby potatoes or 4 normal Potatoes
1 tsp Red chili powder
1 tbsp Coriander seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Amchur powder
1 tbsp Coriander leaves
1 tsp Oil
Salt to taste

for tadka:
2 Green chillies,finely chopped
1 tsp Cumin seeds
a pinch of Hing
1 tbsp Oil
Method:
  • Pressure cook baby potatoes for 1 whistle and simmer for 5 mins and switch off the flame.After the pressure drops,drain and cool the potatoes and peel the skins off.Prick the potatoes once or twice using a fork.If using regular potatoes,peel the skins off and cut into 1" cubes.
  • Dry roast cumin seeds and coriander seeds until dark brown and then pound them in a mortar and pestle to a coarse powder.Take care not to burn those spices otherwise it will spoil the taste of it.
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and add pricked boiled potatoes and shallow fry them on low-medium flame for 7-8 mins until you get to see the brown patches and they become crisp.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add hing and crackle cumin seeds and then add finely chopped green chillies and fry well until they are crisp.
  • Add freshly ground coriander-cumin powder,amchur powder,red chili powder to the oil and add crispy fried baby potatoes and add enough salt and mix them well and let them roast on medium to high flame for another 3-4 mins.
  • Add chopped coriander and mix well.
Serve them with parathas and North Indian achaar or with rotis or pulavs as a side dish.
Serve them hot as they are crispy when hot.Even when served at room temperature they tastes very nice and flavorful.
Notes:
  1. This can be carried for journeys along with rotis,just avoid coriander leaves in the recipe.
  2. Pricking the baby potatoes helps in not bursting and also it absorbs the masalas.
  3. Always use freshly ground masala to this,it really gives a nice flavor to potatoes.
  4. You can even add 1/2 tsp lemon juice to it for extra tangy punch.

45 comments:

Ramya Bala said...

Awesooooome!!!

Suhaina said...

jEERS aloo looks so yummy and tempting.. wish i can try some now..slurp.
nice clicks too.

Priti said...

One of my fav too and looks just so fab ...nice pics

mon said...

arey vah aloo jeera, a true classic

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow wow prathy,really drool worthy recipe...so tempting clicks...super!!!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Jeera Aloo looks super...lovely clicks..

aipi said...

Those are some real mouthwatering pics ~ love jeera aloo especially with hot hot puris :)
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Neetz said...

that aloo looks super duper tasty!!! i loved the pics too :)

Tina said...

Beautiful clicks dear...Aloo jeera looks so cute and tempting with hot hot puris...

? said...

Perfect! Looks scrumptious!

Divya Kudua said...

Oh those aloos look so cute.I prefer using baby potatoes to cubed potatoes anyday,as they lend so much of beauty factor to a dish.Love the simple recipe!

Radhika said...

Mouth watering clicks. I too love baby potatoes.

Sarah said...

i have baby potatoes at home! bookmarked to give it a try! they look yumm!

Vardhini said...

Nice clicks .. love the presentation and of course the dish too.

Raji said...

The aaloos look so exotic...feeling like grabbing some from the screen.

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

beautiful presentation Prathi.... love baby potatoes...looks cute and absolutely delicious.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Aloo cooked in any form, I love it,lovely clicks!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow looks so nicely roasted...yum with curd rice

Indrani said...

I love Jeera aloo, with puris, yumm, pics are favulous,Pratibha..I've shared few well-deserved awards with you..pl. collect

Priya said...

Omg, wat a fabulous jeera aloo,seriously makes me hungry..

Chandrani said...

Superb!!!!!!!!

Prathima Rao said...

We at home simply adore this dish...One simple & tasty dish we can rely on when we want something special without too much of a hassle..!!
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Sum said...

Awesome pics Pratibha! My husband loves potatoes and particularly this dish.... feeling like making right away!

Ramya said...

That is just tooo good!! cant stop starring at those spicy little aloo's:-)

jeyashrisuresh said...

mouthwatering ,wish i could taste some.nice clicks

Shubha said...

super yummy... nice clicks:)

divya said...

Omg, wat a fabulous jeera aloo,seriously makes me hungry..

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Absolutely tempting, a classic dish well captured.

ANU said...

awesome dear.....love the cute baby potatoes and the masala is perfectly coated...

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Sush said...

We at our home relish this with roti & also with curd rice. This dish is a good example of simplicity at its best! Loved the pictures.

Gopika Ram said...

Wow.. its so mouth watering dear.. Love it :D

Sujatha said...

Looks super delicious! Love it..

Vani said...

Even I love to cook with baby potatoes :P This is a lovely recipe which I should add to my recipe cart..

Ammu's said...

Very tempting dish & beautiful clicks too..

Kaveri said...

This is one of my favorites...Mmmmm...it looks so yummy

Panchamrutham said...

Perfect with Roti

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Neha said...

You made me drool girl.....Lovely recipe...

Sobha Shyam said...

this looks so awesome dear, wonderful presentation and clicks..bookmarked it..

julie said...

Yummy yum potatoes.. Feel like grabbing it from the clicks!!
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Jay said...

wow...healthy n tasty presentation..:)
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Nupur said...

What a lovely presentation you do dear .. Wonderful and inviting clicks..

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Archana said...

perfectly beautifully pictures. Makes no sense? Thats because I have lost my mind to these beauties.
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Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

I simply loves these baby potatoes and these cumin potatoes would be great and delicious paired with curd rice:)

notyet100 said...

Wow feel like preparing this right now,..:)

Patricia Torres said...

oh my!! awesome!! simple and stunning!! I love love this!! :-)

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