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Bombay Potatoes

Bombay potatoes or Bombay Aloo, is a fried potato vegan Indian side dish. Flavored with classic Indian spices, ginger, garlic, chili, onions and colored brightly with turmeric, tomatoes and a fresh garnish of cilantro.

Yellow Bombay Potatoes in a white bowl.

I was watching YouTube videos on Indian street cooking and one of the amazing dishes really stood out. It looked like fried potatoes with lots of brightly colored spices thrown in. I went on a quest to see if I could replicate this dish.

It turns out the dish is called Bombay potatoes or Bombay Aloo. Once I had a name for the dish, it was much easier to look up different ways to make this dish. Each cook seemed to have their own spin. Some add potatoes and cilantro while one spirited cook refused to ruin his potatoes with them.

I added water to mine after frying the ingredients to help the potatoes cook through. I have also seen them par-boiled first, then fried with the spices. Either way, these spicy potatoes look amazing. This could be a great impromptu recipe if you have leftover boiled potatoes.

Ingredients for Bombay Potatoes

Bombay Indian potatoes would make a great side dish for Tikka Chicken Masala, curry chicken or Palak Paneer. The potatoes could help sop up all those amazing flavors. Butter Naan Bread could round out this feast!

Ingredients for Bombay Potatoes

Curious about what is in an Indian cook’s pantry? I made a free printable just for you. If you are just diving into Indian cooking, this Indian pantry list will be helpful to you. You probably already have some of these ingredients. Pro-tip, spices and sometimes vegetables, in an Indian market are much cheaper than at the supermarket.

Yellow Bombay Potatoes in a white bowl.

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Yellow Bombay Potatoes in a white bowl.

Bombay Potatoes | An Indian Side Dish

Yield: 8 Sides
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Bombay potatoes or Bombay Aloo, is a fried potato vegan Indian side dish. Flavored with classic Indian spices, ginger, garlic, chili, onions and colored brightly with turmeric, tomatoes and a fresh garnish of cilantro.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cooking oil (canola, sunflower, vegetable)
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbs brown mustard seed
  • 1 small jalapeño, stem removed, seeded and diced into small pieces
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 Tbs turmeric
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 Tbs minced ginger
  • 6 cups Yukon Potatoes, peeled and cut into half inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt

Garnish

  • Handful of cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven, add oil and onions. Cook over medium heat until onions are soft.
  2. Add mustad seed and jalapeno, cook for an additional two minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add coriander, cumin, turmeric. garam masala. Stir frequently and cook for one more minute.
  4. Add ginger and garlic. Cook for two minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Add potatoes, tomatoes and water. Stir and cook with the lid on for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are almost fork tender. Remove the lid, stir and cook for another 5 minutes or so or until most of the water has evaported.

Notes

You can use a different variety of potatoes for this dish. The starchy potatoes such as Idaho Russets will partially mash as it cooks and will thicken the water. It is a very soft potato. A waxy potato with keep it's shape better. It all depends on your preference. If you are unsure, the Yukon Gold potato is halfway between a starchy and waxy potato.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 329mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g

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Hannah

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

I love Indian food and the spices in the potatoes were spot on. It made what would be a dull dinner into a flavorful one with this side dish.

Bianca

Friday 27th of December 2019

I love Indian spiced potatoes. I haven't heard of Bombay potatoes but these looks great! Going to try these. I'm thinking they will be great with chicken breast, it will be a little bit of a contrast.

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