Jeera aloo, as the name suggests, jeera is the prominent ingredient here. I am sure everyone loves jeera aloo and has their own way of making them. I like my jeera aloo a little tangy and a lot spicy. One can never go wrong with this. I have used baby potatoes here, you can use normal potatoes too, just cut them into 4 or 6 pieces and follow the same procedure. I have used refrigerated potatoes so it didn’t break while cooking but if preparing using hot potatoes, the potatoes might break. So let the potatoes cool a little before making this. The recipe requires a lot of oil, so please don’t hesitate while adding some oil or the masalas will remain uncooked and potatoes may taste bland. If using baby potatoes, prick them a little using a fork before adding it to the masala. I have shared a few tips and tricks below as well. Do read on.
250 gm potatoes, boiled and peeled.
1/2 tbsp jeera/cumin seeds
1 tsp dhania/coriander powder
1 tsp jeera powder
1/2 tsp roasted jeera powder
1 tsp or to taste red chilly powder
1/2 tsp haldi/turmeric powder
2-3 tbsp of mustard oil (you can use ghee or refined oil too)
A tbsp of lemon juice (can be replaced by amchoor powder)
salt to taste
1 or 2 green chillies (dry red chillies can be used too)
Heat oil in a pan, make sure you heat the pan really nicely, than add oil and let the oil get heated nicely (smoking hot) too. Once the oil is hot, switch off the flame. I used mustard oil and it needs to be heated really well as it tends to leave a raw taste to the prepared dish. Let the oil cool down a little. Since we will be adding all the masalas directly to the oil, its important to reduce the heat of the oil or the masalas will burn. Also keep all the masalas handy before you start making this.
Once the oil cools down, add jeera, let the seeds crackle, add green chillies and saute. Be careful while adding chillies as the seeds crackle. Add jeera powder, dhania powder, red chilly powder and haldi to it, mix. Add salt and baby potatoes. Mix and switch on the gas. Using a spatula, mix everything together so that the potatoes gets coated well. Be careful while mixing or else they might break. Once mixed well, let it cook for a 2-3 minutes in low flame. Add garam masala and roasted jeera powder, toss it and let it cook for a minute. Lastly add lemon juice (to taste), toss and add some coriander leaves. Done! Serve it along with some parathas or phulkas.