Aloo Ke Gutke (Aloo Gutuk) is a traditional snack or side dish from the state of Uttarakhand in India. It is basically potato cubes cooked with spices. Here is how to make it (vegan, gluten-free).
About This Recipe
Aloo means “potatoes” and Gutke means “pieces” in the Kumaoni dialect. Aloo Ke Gutke (Aloo Gutuk) is basically chunky potato pieces stir-fried with basic Indian spice powders.
It is a popular Kumaoni dish (a region in the Indian state of Uttarakhand) that is served as a side with meals or as a snack. A lot of roadside eateries in the Kumaon region served these stir-fried potatoes along with Pahadi kheere ka raita as a snack.
This easy-to-make potato dish comes together in under 20 minutes using simple ingredients.
Aloo Gutuk are traditionally made in a cast-iron kadai due to which they are slightly darker in color and have a peculiar taste too.
Potatoes – If possible, use the Pahadi variety of potatoes that have a hint of sweetness to them which also adds a unique flavor.
If not, regular potatoes work great for this recipe too. If you are using baby potatoes, just cut them in half to use for this recipe.
Spice Powders – You will need some basic Indian spice powders such as turmeric powder, red chilli powder, and coriander powder.
Oil – Make it in mustard oil for the traditional taste. If it’s not available, then use vegetable oil.
Others – You will also need mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chillies, green chilies, salt, and cilantro (fresh coriander leaves).
Jambu spice is a very traditional ingredient that is added to aloo ke Gutke recipe in the Kumaoni region. It has a very peculiar taste which is somewhere in between onion and chives. If it’s not very easily available, feel free to skip it.
Traditionally, a special variety of local mustard seeds known as lai or bachha rai is used but you can use regular mustard seeds too.
Adjust the green chilies depending on your taste. Do not skip fresh coriander, as it adds a refreshing taste and a pop of green to the stir fry.
Aloo Ke Gutke is popularly served as a side dish with phulka, dal, and Pahadi kheere ka raita. It also tastes great with poori, tawa paratha, lachha paratha, or with a simple meal of dal chawal or kadhi chawal. You can also pack it in your lunch box with some flaky parathas.
It is also served as a tea-time snack with green chutney and raita along with a hot cup of tea.
Leftover Aloo Gutuk can also be used to make kathi rolls or sandwiches.
Aloo Ke Gutuk will easily last in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days, when stored in an airtight container. Reheat in a pan or microwave until nice and warm before serving.
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Aloo Ke Gutke Recipe (Aloo Gutuk)
- 300 grams potatoes
- 2 tablespoons mustard oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon jambu spice (optional)
- 2 whole dry red chilies
- 1 green chili (slit into half)
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
- 1 salt (or to taste)
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (coriander leaves)
- Wash the potatoes and add them to a pressure cooker along with 2 cups of water.
- Pressure cook for 2 whistles on high heat.
- Remove the cooker from heat and let the pressure release on its own
- Cool the potatoes and then remove their skin
- Cut the potatoes into ½-inch cubes.
- Heat oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
- Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, jambu, dry red chili, and green chili, and saute for 8-10 seconds.
- Add the cubed potatoes and mix well.
- Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, and salt, and mix well.
- Reduce the heat to low.
- Cover the skillet with a tight-fitting lid and let the potatoes cook until tender, and brown charred marks appear on them (12-15 minutes). Stir a few times while cooking.
- Garnish the potatoes with cilantro and serve hot.