Amritsari Aloo Ki Launji

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Amritsari Aloo Ki Launji is a Punjabi-style sweet and spicy potato curry. It pairs very well with poori and paratha and can be made in under 20 minutes using simple ingredients. Make it using my easy recipe (vegan).

Aloo ki launji served in a bowl.
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About Aloo Ki Launji

Amritsari Aloo Ki Launji is a sweet, sour, and spicy potato curry from Punjab.

This sweet and sour curry is made using boiled potatoes and is flavored with tamarind, jaggery, and a few spices. This curry also gets a distinct flavor from the pickle spices like fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, black cardamom, and asafetida, which makes it even more delicious.

It can be savored for breakfast, brunch, family get-togethers, potlucks, festive meals, or enjoyed for your regular meals.

This aloo ki launji recipe is vegan and can be easily made gluten-free. You can easily double or triple the recipe, too.

As we all love potatoes for our meals, here are some more recipes that will surely satiate your taste buds

Ingredients

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Potatoes – You will need boiled potatoes to make this recipe. Boil them in a traditional pressure cooker, instant pot, or pot over the stovetop. I have explained the processes below in the post.

Oil – I used sunflower oil for this recipe, but you can use mustard oil too.

Spices – Spices like fennel seeds (saunf), fenugreek seeds (methi dana), nigella seeds (kalonji), and black cardamom (badi elaichi) are used. These spices add a great flavor to the curry.

Spice Powders – Add some basic spice powders such as coriander powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt to add a little more taste and color.

Use Kashmiri red chili powder, which adds a nice red color to the kanji without making it too spicy.

Green Chilies – Adjust the amount of green chilies per the spice level you like.

Tamarind Paste – It adds a great tangy and sour flavor. You can use lime juice in place of tamarind.

Jaggery – To balance the sour and spicy flavor, jaggery is added for sweetness.

Others – To add more flavor to the curry, ingredients such as asafetida (hing) and fresh ginger are also used.

How To Make Aloo Ki Launji

Peel 0.6 lb (300 g) boiled potatoes and mash them coarsely with your hands.

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Oil heating in a pan.

Once the oil is hot, add

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (lightly crushed)
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (lightly crushed)
  • ½ teaspoon nigella seeds (lightly crushed)
  • 1 whole black cardamom (lightly crushed)
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida

and let them crackle for 4-5 seconds.

Fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, asafetida and black cardamom added to the pan.

Add 1 teaspoon ginger and 2-3 green chilies (slit into half) and fry for 6-8 seconds.

Ginger and green chilies added to the pan.

Add the mashed potatoes and mix everything well.

Mashed potatoes added to the pan.

Now add

  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

and cook for a minute.

Spice powders added to the pan.

Add 2 cups of water to the skillet and mix well.

Water added to the pan.

Cover the skillet and cook for 5-6 minutes on medium heat.

Pan covered with a lid.

Remove the lid, add 2 teaspoon tamarind paste and 2 teaspoon crushed jaggery, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

This curry is supposed to be slightly thin. Add more water if it is thick.

Check for salt and add more if needed.

Serve hot with poori or paratha.

Ready aloo ki launji.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this launji with Phulka, Plain Tawa Paratha, kachori, and Poori.

It will also taste great with Bhatura or any other Indian bread.

Storage Suggestions

Store this curry in an airtight container in a refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Reheat in a microwave or a pan. Add some water while reheating if the curry has thickened.

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Aloo ki launji is a Punjabi-style sweet and spicy potato curry. It pairs very well with poori and paratha and can be made in under 20 minutes using simple ingredients.
5 from 1 vote

Amritsari Aloo Ki Launji Recipe

Amritsari Aloo Ki Launji is a Punjabi-style sweet and spicy potato curry. It pairs very well with poori and paratha and can be made in under 20 minutes using simple ingredients. Make it using my easy recipe.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 0.6 pound potatoes (300 g, boiled and peeled )
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf) (coarsely crushed)
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi) (coarsely crushed)
  • ½ teaspoon nigella seeds (kalonji) (coarsely crushed)
  • 1 whole black cardamom (badi elaichi) (coarsely crushed)
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2-3 green chilies (slit into half)
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons tamarind paste
  • 2 teaspoons crushed jaggery
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Instructions 

  • Peel boiled potatoes and mash them coarsely with your hands.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, black cardamom, and asafetida, and let them crackle for 4-5 seconds.
  • Add ginger and green chilies and fry for 6-8 seconds.
  • Add the mashed potatoes and mix everything well.
  • Now add coriander powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt, and cook for a minute.
  • Add 2 cups of water to the skillet and mix well.
  • Cover the skillet and cook for 5-6 minutes on medium heat.
  • Remove the lid and add tamarind paste and jaggery and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • This curry is supposed to be slightly thin. Add more water if it is thick.
  • Check for salt and add more if needed.
  • Serve hot with poori or paratha.

Video

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Notes

Adjust the amount of green chilies as per the spice level you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 92kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 93mg, Potassium: 69mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 302IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg
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