Jeera Aloo

Weeknights call for quick, easy and versatile recipes that can carry you over for more than one meal. I bring to you a family favorite- Aloo Jeera. It is so easy and delicious and is ready in ten minutes from the kitchen to the table.

I make this dish in mustard oil because it really lends well to all the spices and the bengali in me just loves it. But you can make it in vegetable oil as well. I have not accounted for the time it takes to boil potatoes but definitely boil them before making this dish.

Jeera Aloo

A simple yet flavorful side of potatoes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: dinner, potato, sides, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 4 people


  • 2 cup boiled potato chopped
  • 2 tsp mustard oil you can use vegetable oil as well
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp hing / asafetida powder
  • 2 no green chillies slit
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

To make powder

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp whole coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder


  • Chop the boiled potatoes into small cubes and set aside.
  • Roast all the spices and powder in a mortar and pestle
  • In a pan heat the oil. if using mustard oil let it get really hot! Add the cumin and mustard seeds.
  • Add the ginger and green chillies followed by the asafetida and turmeric. Stir for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add spice mix and salt and stir well on medium heat for 2 minutes and add the water. Let it cook for 2- 3 minutes.
  • Next add the potatoes and stir well. Check for salt and let it cook on medium for 4 -5 minutes. Check for salt and add if necessary.
  • Turn off the heat. Add chopped cilantro and lime juice. Serve hot !

This jeera aloo goes really well with rotis, tortillas, rice and lentils or stirred in with a bowl of yogurt. This is a favorite in my home and hope you make it too.

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