Aloo Jeera (Potatoes with Cumin Seeds)

September 14th, 2012 filed under Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetables Sauteed / Dry
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Aloo Jeera is easy yet a delicious side dish. This can compliment any meal. A whole cumin seeds have a slightly nutty flavor. In this recipe cumin seeds are one of the main spices.

Recipe will serve 4.


  • 5 medium size potatoes boiled peeled and cut into bite size cubes, this will make about 4 cups of cubes potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger thinly sliced
  • 2 green chilies seeded and sliced length wise
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon crushed coriander (dhania)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor)
  • 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro (hara dhania) to garnish


  1.  Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Oil is the right temperature when cumin seeds crack immediately after being put in the pan.
  2. Add cumin seeds and asafetida after seeds crack add ginger and green chilies and stir for few seconds.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium. Add all the remaining spices, coriander, turmeric, chili powder, mango powder, and salt. Stir for few seconds.
  4. Add potatoes and mix well with Masala. Stir fry for 4-5 minutes. All the potatoes should be coated with spices.
  5. Turn off the heat and add cilantro. Mix it well and serve it hot.


Left over potatoes can be served as sack or chat drizzling with whipped yogurt and tamarind chutney.

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19 Responses to “Aloo Jeera (Potatoes with Cumin Seeds)”

  1. […] eating Indian food.”  Well, even my skeptical husband enjoyed the chickpea stew (chole) and spiced potatoes (bataka nu shaak).  Go me!  Now I just have to make it more […]

  2. […] Zeera or Jeera is cumin. Aloo Jeera is a relatively common South Asian dish, but when done right, it usually has a lot more […]

  3. Meenu says:

    Mam , Can I use onion. Kindly tell me how to use onions in same dish

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  5. Olesya says:

    Thanks a lot Manjula m’am for this delicious recipe. It helped a lot today as I didn’t know what to prepare at lunch time. My husand and my father-in-law liked very very much.
    PS I am not an Indian but European and my husband is Indian. So I tried your recipients even before and I found them very great! Bahut dhanyawaad :)

  6. Shazia says:

    This was a very good recipe.

    thank you

  7. juju says:

    This was a wonderful recipe !
    Thank you for sharing ! :)

  8. Alexandra says:

    I’m very thankful with all the wonderful recipes you have shared with us. I made these delicious potatoes for breakfast and my husband and I really loved them. Thank you. You are a great cook.

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