Jeera Aloo (Indian Spiced Potatoes)

For the March 2012 Secret Recipe Club, I had the privilege of cooking from The Novice Housewife.

Shumaila blogs about (and takes beautifully photographs of) a wide variety of recipes, but I was immediately drawn to the vast collection of dishes that reflect her Indian heritage. I settled on her Jeera Aloo: potatoes cooked in Indian spices.

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It’s been a while since I cooked potatoes in an entirely new way; generally I mash them (my kids’ favorite), or prepare them like this for breakfast. I loved the idea of blackening them in a spice mix with cumin seeds leading the charge, however, and made only a few very small adjustments to Shumaila’s recipe.

I ate these potatoes topped with a gently fried egg for breakfast: I’m so overrun with eggs from my hens these days, I eat just about everything with a fried egg on top! They’d definitely be a great addition to a home cooked Indian meal, though, or serve them as a flavorful side next to just about any meat, fish, chicken, or vegetarian entree.

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I am adding these Indian spiced potatoes to Creative Culinary’s “IndianFoodPalooza” event!

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Recipe for Jeera Aloo (Indian Spiced Potatoes)


  • *5 potatoes boiled for 20-25 minutes, until a fork pierces through (you want them to be soft but not too soft that they crumble when chopped into small pieces); I used medium sized organic red potatoes
  • *2 teaspoons ghee plus 2 teaspoons organic coconut oil (if you don't have ghee you can use coconut oil alone or use olive oil
  • *1 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • *1/4 white onion peeled and chopped
  • *2 garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • *2 green chillies chopped (optional); I used red chilies because that's what I had on hand
  • *1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • *1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • *1 pinch garam masala
  • *1/2 teaspoom turmeric powder
  • *pinch chaat masala/aamchoor dried mango powder; I couldn't find this...I used asafoetida powder instead (just leave out if you can't find any of these ingredients)
  • *sea salt- to taste
  • *1/4 cup chopped coriander/cilantro leaves


  • 1. Peel the potatoes (I actually didn't peel mine, since they were organic), and cut into medium sized cubes.
  • 2. Heat ghee and coconut oil in a pan.
  • 3. Add the cumin seeds. Once they start to crackle, add the onion, garlic, and chilis, and ginger and fry for a minute. Add potatoes and fry for a minute more.
  • 4. Add all of the dry spices and mix well.
  • 5. Add salt and continue to fry until potatoes are crispy brown. The trick is not to stir too frequently, so that a crust can develop.
  • 6. Add the chopped cilantro. Mix and remove from heat.

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33 thoughts on “Jeera Aloo (Indian Spiced Potatoes)”

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  2. I love this. But I can’t take too spicy food. I might sprinkle some black pepper instead of adding chili. I think, try this recipe on pumpkin also quite nice. :)

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  4. Hi lovely lady…wow, these look too good. We have some potatoes at home, and I’m so glad to have a fun and new recipe to try. You are always inspiring me…and I’m so glad to know you!

  5. Sounds awesome Winnie. I just ried my hand at making homemade Indian food tonight….and I’m going to hooked I think. My kids went crazy too. I’m adding this to my “Must makes”.

  6. Oh man. We’re such fanatics of Indian food, I know the hubby and I will both love this recipe. Fantastic idea to put a fried egg on top.. maybe even a poached one would be good. Mmmm I can just taste it..

  7. Winnie – I love the photo with the egg in it! Lovely. I am a bit of a novice with Indian spices but this seems like a great way to dive in and get more experienced.

    Nice twist on breakfast potatoes or I think a wonderful easy dinner or side dish!

  8. The spices in this dish are singing my name, and I can totally see doing this with a fried or poached egg on top. Outstanding!

  9. I absolutely love anything remotely Indian flavored! Your potatoes look great and I would even try the egg on top (which is saying a LOT coming from someone who doesn’t eat many eggs at all!) Great photos!

  10. i’d give just about anything to be over-run with hen eggs. i want chickens so badly but my rental agreement (and current location) don’t permit them. jealous.

    p.s. you also take beautiful photographs – very earthy but elegant.

  11. oh gosh these look great, all that spice. And how fun to have hens…I can’t think of too many things I dislike a fried egg on!

  12. These potatoes sound terrific Winnie and I love the egg idea too. I could eat this for dinner and be a very happy girl!

  13. This looks like such a perfect breakfast… much better than the yogurt and banana I had this morning, that’s for sure! :)
    I can never pass up anything made with crispy fried potatoes, and the spice blend for these sounds particularly wonderful. I have a feeling this recipe will be making an appearance in my weekend brunch plans very soon. Thanks for sharing it!

  14. Winnie, these potatoes look absolutely delicious! I’m becoming more comfortable with Indian spices but have never thought to use them for a simple side dish. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me!

  15. I am glad you liked the recipe! Love the photos and the fried egg on top. Would have never thought of it, but can imagine it pairing well. (I love fried egg, so I might be biased!)

  16. Wow Winnie. Another perfect way to eat a fried egg! I can just imagine the texture of the spice-crusted potatoes with the egg yolk. Yum!

  17. These potatoes look wonderful – what a great blend of spices! Bet they taste amazing, especially with that fresh egg on top! :)

  18. Oh I just love Indian spices and this dish looks just perfect for me. I can definitely see this becoming in a staple in my household!

  19. I have made potatoes very similar to this recipe and we loved them! Your breakfast looks outstanding. Egg overload huh? Sounds like you need to go in to the egg business!