Achari Aloo (Spicy Potatoes)

Today I am posting a recipe from Punjab. Every day this month I will post a recipe from a different state in India.

When I think of Punjabi food I think of my first job out of grad school in Mumbai. I had a colleague who was originally from Punjab. It was her first job too. We caught up with each other during lunch everyday. Her mother was an amazing cook and she brought delicious lunch everyday. At that time I was new to Mumbai and for the first couple months did not have very good lunch options. My friend packed more than she needed and coaxed me to have a large helping.

Achari Aloo is made with baby potatoes. I got mine from Whole Foods. They are bite sized and cook up soft and creamy. This dish is spicy and the masala is made using partially ground seeds that are normally used in achar or pickle. Paneer and Cauliflower can also be made using the same spices.

You will need
1/2 lb baby potatoes.
1/4 tsp. fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. nigella seeds
1 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp. ginger garlic paste
1 tsp. agave nectar or sugar
salt to taste

Wash and boil the baby potatoes.

Grind fenugreek, mustard and fennel seeds to a coarse powder and keep aside. When the boiled potatoes cool, peel and keep them aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin and nigella seeds.

When they change color add the turmeric powder followed by the peel boiled potatoes. Mix it all together.

Add the ginger garlic powder and a quarter cup of water.

When the water is boiling add the ground spices, agave nectar and salt to taste. Continue to cook until the water is almost gone.

Serve hot with poli.


  1. I can happily have some achari aloo just like that, so tempting they are.

  2. this is such a simple yet nice recipe. Works well for lunch menu to be packed in tiffins

  3. I can have with rotis anytime... looks so cute and delicious

  4. achari aaloo is wonderful and your look simple and quick ones...i have a different version to it and will post soon...its a version to die for..

  5. This is such a lovely dish Varada, I have this on my to do list for such a long time..yet to make it..

  6. Those baby potatoes look adorable and the curry sounds spicy & yummy!!

  7. Such a delicious and wonderful dish. I loved the pic of the potatoes soaking in water. they looks so beautiful.

  8. I had noted down this for last year's marathon but never got to it! I am glad you could lay hands on those cute baby potatoes!

  9. One of my favorite in the restaurant menu,sounds simple and flavorful...

  10. It is a simple and flavorful recipe. I love this baby potatoes. Yummy achari aloo.

  11. Such a lovely and simple curry! love the baby potatoes :)

  12. these are so cute and delicious too. this is a simple must try recipe

  13. I too did an achari recipe but used achar .This sounds so nice with those spices!

  14. wow achari aloo looks very delicious and yummy dear makes me drool here :) I love the flavor of nigella seeds in achari recipes so this curry is sure my kind :)

  15. i love the achari masala.. have never tried this masala in anything.. sounds very interesting

  16. Potatoes in any form sound delicious. The curry sounds yummy.

  17. Aloo is a winner in any form! This is quite a chatpata side!!


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