This Masala Aloo recipe is one of the most popular posts on my blog, bringing in millions of visitors over the years. It is also one of my favourite ways to cook potatoes. Try this super simple recipe and you will LOVE how it turns out.
[Post originally published on 29 Nov 2012 / rewritten and published in 2018]
I’d first seen this Masala Aloo recipe in a cookery show, Khana Khazana, one of the longest running cooking shows in India by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. What I remember about this one was that he was cooking authentic Punjabi dishes with his mum.
What stood out in this recipe was one unique technique which I had never tried or seen before. To know what that is, you will have to go read through the entire post 😍
Potatoes, who doesn’t love them? It is the absolute basic ingredient across cuisines in the world. It is one of the first dishes I learnt to cook. You might think it is utterly impossible to mess up a potato dish. But, a look at cooking reality shows like Masterchef Australia and you realise how much thought and skill goes into making a simple dish like mashed potatoes.
Potatoes are the sponges of the culinary world. They absorb most flavours beautifully, go with any vegetable most amicably and you need to work really hard to make a potato taste BAD!
I think the make or break in most potato dishes is seasoning. They need adequate salt to taste good, or it’s just a bland boiled chunk of a starchy vegetable.
This Masala Aloo recipe can be nailed by any beginner cook. All you need is to manage to cook the potatoes well in their skins.
Pressure cooker (or Instant Pot) works best here, but if you have a phobia to my favourite implement in the kitchen, you need some patience to boil the potatoes whole, in their skins, until they are well cooked right till the middle and then proceed with the recipe [Details on cooking potatoes in pressure cooker and pot given at the end of the post in recipe notes]
You could get more adventurous with this recipe using more spices like amchoor (dried mango powder) or crushed dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi) but before you go raid the spice aisle, try making this Masala Aloo Recipe with the basic spices. I can promise you will be wowed!
For my readers from outside India, if you are new to Indian cooking, and you want to try a simple curry recipe, this Masala Aloo recipe is the perfect one for you. Few ingredients, simple technique and superb results 🙂
Potato curry was one of the first things I cooked as a 10 year old girl. My grand mom would keep boiled potatoes ready and I would make a simple potato roast.
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Post originally published on 29 Nov 2012 / rewritten and published in 2018
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