Aalo Zeera


  • Author: RUBINA KAHN
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Cuisine: Indian


This warm, comforting potato side dish is the perfect, quick-cooking side to accompany a cold night. Stock your pantry with nigella and cumin seeds as well as ground turmeric to spice things up as the weather cools down.



  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • ½ tsp kalongi (nigella seeds)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp red chili powder (cayenne or paprika)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¾ tsp Kosher salt


  1. Boil the potatoes in salted water until they are just about to be tender when you poke with a knife. Drain, cube and set aside.
  2. Slice your onion into half moons. Heat a large saute pan with the grape-seed oil and toss in the cumin seeds and bay leaf.
  3. Add the onions and saute until they are translucent.
  4. Add the kalongi, turmeric and potatoes and saute for 2-3 more minutes.
  5. Add the salt, cover and cook over medium for 5-7 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  6. Toss in the red chili powder and garam masala.
  7. Serve hot (it’s lovely with poori, a puffy fried bread)!