Punjabi Jeera Aloo (Cumin Flavoured Potatoes)

4.55 from 11 votes

Punjabi Jeera Aloo is one of the easiest recipes to prepare, especially when there is a lack of time. It is a flavourful, delicious and irresistible dish of baby potatoes and cumin seeds. Here is how to make it at home.

Jeera Aloo served in a bowl.
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Who doesn’t like potatoes? It is one of those versatile vegetables that can be mold in to create any recipe.

From Curries, Tikkis, Koftas, Biryani, Pulav to Parathas, and many more Continental recipes, it just creates its magic everywhere.

Also, this vegetable is so good on its own, that even along with mild spices, it tastes absolutely delicious.

And one such recipe is this Punjabi Jeera Aloo.

In this recipe, potatoes are cooked long with cumin seeds as the main ingredients and other spices.

Cumin seeds have a unique taste and bitterness which enhances the taste of the blander potatoes.

They are good for cholesterol and health.

Fried cumin has a strong aroma and is often used in Indian cooking.

I have been making Zeera Aloo for a long time now and what I have learned from my experience is that adding jeera in oil when the oil is really hot makes a lot of difference in the taste of this dish.

So try this tip and see how your aloo recipes transform into something that you will love.

Here are some Baby Potato Recipes, that you might like: Masala Baby Potato Roast, Bombay Potatoes, Aloo Methi Sabzi, Sindhi Aloo Tuk, Kashmiri Dum Aloo, and Bengali Aloo Dum.

About the recipe

It is an everyday potato-based sabzi where potatoes are boiled and then cooked along with cumin seeds.

To enhance the flavor, even more, some ingredients such as green chillies, crushed coriander seeds, crushed red chilli, turmeric powder, dry mango powder, roasted cumin powder, and salt are used.

In the end, it is finished with a squeeze of some lemon juice and garnish with finely chopped fresh coriander.

You can even try adding a bit of ginger while cooking, it really adds to its taste.

Jeera is an integral component of the Indian cuisine, trust me, it blends pretty well with the aloo that is used in this recipe.

I have used Baby Potatoes here, but if you don’t get them, you can even use normal potatoes.

Just cube them into pieces after boiling and peeling the potatoes.

Serving Suggestions

Jeera Aloo Recipe can be enjoyed with Indian bread such as Roti, Plain Tawa Paratha, Poori, Lachha Paratha, Bedmi Puri, Methi Paratha, Palak Puri, etc.

It also tastes great with the Dal Rice combination and papad on the side.

Other Aloo Recipes that you may like:

Pro Tips by Neha

Make sure the oil is very hot when you add cumin seeds to it. It will release the flavors nicely from the seeds.

Simmer the heat immediately after adding jeera in the oil to avoid burning.

You can use regular potatoes if baby potatoes are not available. Peel and cut them into small pieces.

Do not over boil the potatoes otherwise they will become mushy.

After adding the dry spice powders in the oil, make sure to fry them only for a few seconds otherwise they will burn and the taste will be compromised.

Adjust the amount of chili according to your taste. You can increase or decrease the amount.

Step By Step Recipe

Wash the potatoes and boil them with 2 teaspoon salt until they are slightly softened but not mushy. Peel them once they are cooled. Heat oil in a pan.

Oil heating in a pan.

Once the oil is really hot, add cumin seeds and let them crackle for a few seconds. Immediately simmer the heat to low after adding the jeera to avoid it from burning.

Cumin seeds added in the hot oil.

Add green chilli and fry for a few seconds.

Chopped green chilli added in the pan.

Add crushed coriander seeds, chilli flakes, turmeric powder, dry mango powder, roasted cumin powder, and salt and fry for a few seconds.

Dry spices added in the pan.

Now add potatoes and cover and cook on low heat for 10-12 minutes.

Boiled and peeled potatoes added in the pan.

Cover the pan.

Pan covered.

Squeeze lemon juice and mix well. Garnish with fresh coriander. Serve hot with Dal, Rice, or Parathas.

Lemon juice and coriander added in the pan.
One of the easiest recipe to prepare, especially when there is a lack of time, Jeera Aloo Recipe, Aloo Jeera or Zeera Aloo Recipe is a flavourful, delicious and irresistible dish of baby potatoes and cumin seeds.
4.55 from 11 votes

Jeera Aloo Recipe

 One of the easiest recipe to prepare, especially when there is a lack of time, Jeera Aloo Recipe, Aloo Jeera or Zeera Aloo Recipe is a flavourful, delicious and irresistible dish of baby potatoes and cumin seeds.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 500 g Mini baby potatoes (You can use regular potatoes cut into small pieces if baby potatoes are not available )
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Green chilli (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoon Crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed red chilli or Chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon Dry mango powder
  • ½ teaspoon Roasted cumin powder
  • Salt (To taste)
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • Fresh coriander (For garnishing)
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Instructions 

  • Boil the potatoes with 2 teaspoon salt until they are slightly softened but not mushy.
  • Peel the potatoes once they cool down.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Once the oil is really hot, add cumin seeds and let them crackle for a few seconds.
  • Add green chilli and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add crushed coriander seeds, chilli flakes, turmeric powder, dry mango powder, roasted cumin powder and salt and fry for a few seconds. 
  • Now add the potatoes and cover and cook on low heat for 10-12 minutes.
  • Squeeze lemon juice and mix well.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander.
  • Serve hot with Dal, Rice or Parathas.

Notes

I have used baby potatoes to make this recipe but if they are not available, you can use regular potato and cut them in small pieces.
Make sure to add jeera in the oil when the oil is very hot otherwise it will not crackle properly and the taste will be compromised.
Make sure the oil is very hot when you add cumin seeds to it. It will release the flavours nicely from the seeds.
Simmer the heat immediately after adding jeera in the oil to avoid burning.
Do not over boil the potatoes otherwise they will become mushy.
After adding the dry spice powders in the oil, make sure to fry them only for a few seconds otherwise they will burn and the taste will be compromised.
Adjust the amount of chilli according to your taste. You can increase or decrease the amount.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 7g, Sodium: 23mg, Potassium: 535mg, Fiber: 3g, Vitamin A: 15IU, Vitamin C: 15.5mg, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 5mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Punjabi Jeera Aloo was first tasted by me from tiffin of my friend Javinder Kaur. This recipe reminded me of my early days of school. Will surely try this recipe tomorrow.