Jeera Aalu (Potato Fried in Cumin Seed)

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I have always considered Potatoes as the most comforting food. It goes with anything and everything and it can shine all by itself too . Pretty amazing huh !! This is one such dish where you need no other vegetables very little spice and it stand all by itself coated with roasted cumin seed. It was one of the days when my fridge was  out of vegetables and the only vegetables I saw in my pantry are onions and potatoes.  I was breaking my head to come up with some idea and that’s when Arvind asked me to make this dish. It was easy .. took me just 15 minutes and taste amazing. The funny part was he never told me before that this was his all time favorite dish and he doesn’t mind eating it anytime. So now, whenever I am in no mood to spend too much time in kitchen .. you know what I will be cooking 😉

Sending this dish to Full Plate Thursday and Seasonal Sunday and Anyone Can Cook

We tried this dish with Paratha and Roti too but for some reason it goes best with Poori. It would be a great appetizer too 🙂

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Jeera Aalu (Potato Fried in Cumin Seed)


  • 3 medium size potatoes
  • 3 tbs cumin seed
  • 1 tablespoon chilly flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  1. Cut the potatoes in cube cut size and boil it slightly. Make sure not to boil them too much!
  2. In a pan heat the oil and add the cumin seed .
  3. Once it's roasted , add the potatoes and fry them in low heat.
  4. Add the turmeric powder, chilly flakes , salt and pepper.
  5. Continue frying for about 10 minutes till the potatoes becomes slightly brown in color.
  6. Serve it hot with Poori .

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  • Miz Helen
    Miz Helen
    January 20, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Oh my goodness…those potatoes look awesome. I am putting a large portion on my plate and can’t wait to try them. Thank you so much for coming to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      January 20, 2011 at 5:03 PM

      Thanks for making my Thursday eventful 🙂 Will surely comeback !

  • Brittany @Real Sustenance
    Brittany @Real Sustenance
    January 23, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Wow! These look like heaven. I LOVE cumin.. especially using it in whole form. Recently we have been eating it with Roasted Cauliflower. Wanted to invite you to share this recipe at Seasonal Sundays. Its a weekly event that I host and this recipe fits the theme perfectly!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      January 23, 2011 at 8:50 PM

      Thanks So Much Britney 🙂 Shared it at Seasonal Sundays .. will follow!

  • Umm Mymoonah
    Umm Mymoonah
    February 1, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    Wow! Looks so yummy. I’m happy to discover yummy recipe site. Thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook 🙂

  • briarrose
    February 9, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    I have a great love of anything potato as well. 🙂 The cumin would add great flavor.

  • Motoko
    February 9, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    I agree potato is the most comforting food.

  • Ruth
    February 10, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Thanks for this recipe, it’s looks delicious i will surely try it out.

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