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Peasant Aloo Do Pyaja: Potatoes with Onions. From The Archives. February, 2003.

Peasant Aloo Do Pyaja: Potatoes with Onions

I am often amazed by the simplicity of Indian home cooked dishes, and how much flavour can be put into a couple of ingredients with a couple of spices. Enjoy!

As you know from reading this blog’s sister site, I have been blogging FOREVER! The time has come to record many of these old recipes here on Heat in the Kitchen and A (Life) Time of Cooking. It is 17 years since I began blogging and 6 years since A (Life) Time of Cooking came into being. As part of those celebrations, during the next few months I am reblogging some of those recipes from 1996 – 2005. They are no longer in existence in the blogosphere, except , perhaps, where copied….. :) The recipe that appears below is exactly how it appeared when it first appeared on that blog long ago, along with the comments from that time.

Peasant Aloo Do Pyaja: Potatoes with Onions

adapted from Indian Vegetarian Curries

This is a peasant recipe – not the best looking, made with minimal ingredients (by Indian standards!) but very very tasty. Serve with some Indian bread as an afternoon snack or as part of a meal.

250 g potatoes 2 large onions 2 large tomatoes
1 Tblspn canola oil or ghee 1 green chilli pinch turmeric powder
0.5 tspn cumin 0.25 tspn garam masala small pinch chilli powder
0.25 tspn salt 0.25 tspn coriander powder 1 Tblspn chopped green coriander leaves

Wash, boil and peel the potatoes, and cut into 3 or 4 cm cubes. Peel onions and cube. Cube tomatoes. Chop green chillies.

Heat the oil in a wok, karachi or large frying pan. Add cumin, coriander, chillies and onion and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add potatoes and tomatoes to the onion mixture. Add salt, turmeric and chilli powder, and cook, stirring continuously, for 3 – 4 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water to the mixture and cook, covered, on low heat for 3 – 4 minutes.

Add garam masala to the cooked vegetables, and remove from the heat. Place on a serving dish and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with Indian breads.




From the Indian Vegetables Recipes Series

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10 thoughts on “Peasant Aloo Do Pyaja: Potatoes with Onions. From The Archives. February, 2003.

  1. I could not agree with you more about he simplicity of Indian home cooking. I also think that Indian food is experienced with all five senses. Sometimes, just the pop and crackle of the tadka is enough to stir up anticipation….:-)

    Posted by Aruna Panangipally | 1 February, 2014, 11:55
  2. This recipe sounds delicious. Maybe I’ll may it for dinner this week.

    Posted by Tamana | 2 February, 2014, 02:32


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