Jeera Aloo is a popular Indian side dish made with potatoes and cumin seeds. It is one of the simple, easy and quick to prepare receipe. This delicious receipe can be easily made when you have less time or want to make a quick lunch or dinner. This simple recipe gets done in minutes and goes so well with a side of bread.
INGREDIENTS FOR JEERA ALOO
- 3 medium potatoes, 600 grams, boiled and cubed
- 2 tablespoons oil, I used vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
- 1.5 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
- generous pinch hing, optional, also known as asafoetida
- 2 green chilies, chopped
- 1 inch ginger, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder, or adjust to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 2 teaspoons chopped cilantro
- half lemon juice
Boil the potatoes until done – 7 to 8 whistles on high heat on regular pressure cooker or 10 mins on high pressure in Instant Pot with natural pressure release. You can also boil them on stove-top pan until done.
They shouldn’t crumble once boiled and should still be able to hold their shape.
Once boiled, peel the potatoes and chop them into cubes. Set it aside.
Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot add the cumin seeds, let them sizzle. Immediately lower the heat so that cumin seeds don’t burn.
Then add the crushed coriander seeds and hing (if using) and saute for few seconds.
Add the green chili and ginger and saute for a minute until the ginger starts changing color then mix in the boiled and cubed potatoes to the pan and toss with the spices.
Add turmeric, red chili powder and salt. Toss to combine potatoes with all the spices.
Let the potatoes cook for 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat, then add the chopped cilantro.
Squeeze in fresh lemon juice to finish it off.
Garnish with more cilantro and serve jeera aloo with paratha or as a side dish with dal and rice.