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.
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.
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!
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