Amritsari Aloo | How to make Punjabi Amritsari Aloo

>>  Monday, September 12, 2016

We are starting the third week of BM Mega Marathon, themed on Cooking Carnival. I have picked up 1 Ingredient for all 26 days and the subtheme for this week is going to be Side Dishes / Gravies

I initially wanted to do this theme for the fourth week. Somehow the planned dishes for the third week is not ready and so had to bring this theme forward. And also I had plans on cooking side dishes from different cuisines. 

Unfortunately, even though I had them all decided, I realised getting my folks eat that would be tough as most would not fit our dinner menu. In the end, I ended up cooking Potato gravies from the different Indian States. 

Most recipes are from recipe collection, so I am not sure if the recipes are actually cooked in the said state. I just went ahead with the recipe and tweaked them to my taste.

First in the series is a gravy called as Amritsari Aloo. I think I have had this written in my file a long time ago. When I checked the net if this recipe is the same, some showed up as dry gravy as well.

So I just will say that I have used the dish name as the person who shared it with me and not really know if it is cooked this way in Punjabi. However the person who shared it with me is a Punjabi, so I take her word for it and went ahead!

The gravy turned out very delicious and had a wonderful aroma of the Kalonji that I love in the dish. This is surely a must try as it's so quick to make.

Amritsari Aloo

Ingredients Needed:

Potatoes - 3 to 4
Tomato Puree - 1 cup
Green Chillies - 3 nos
Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
Kalonji - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Chilli powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Kasuri Methi big pinches
Lemon juice - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Butter - 1 tsp

How to make the Amritsari Aloo

Soak and peel the skin. Slightly mash the potatoes. 

Heat a nonstick pan with oil, temper with fennel seeds, kalonji, fenugreek seeds. Saute for a minute. Add chopped green chilies. Saute for a couple of minutes.

Then add the thick tomato puree, mix well. Cook on high for 5 mins.

Then add the salt, turmeric powder, chili powder, combine everything and simmer for 5 mins.

Add the potatoes and 3 cups water, bring to boil. Cook on high for 10 mins. Simmer till the gravy thickens slightly.

Sprinkle Kasuri methi, butter, and squeeze lemon and serve hot with Lachha paratha.

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Usha Rao September 12, 2016 at 12:10 AM  

I face the same problem for some of the themes that I cook for BM and this time I worried about 3 & 5. Want to try new recipes but unsure how it would be received at home. That is the sole reason I don't like cooking and posting on the same day as it doesn't give me change to re- tweak or try another recipe.
I love potato in gravies and Amritsari aloo looks flavorful and delicious.

Gayathri Kumar September 12, 2016 at 1:48 PM  

This happens with all recipes Valli. When I make a recipe thinking that it is authentic, I get a comment that it is not the way to do it. But still when we try recipes from other states, this tends to happen. Your Amristari aloo looks like a perfect match to the lacha parathas..

vaishali sabnani September 12, 2016 at 2:33 PM  

Amritsari Aaloo sound very delicious. I like all the ingredients going in the gravy. Punjabi have many versions of these aaloos , I normally make dry ònes, but will try these as we all love potatoes.

The Pumpkin Farm September 12, 2016 at 10:09 PM  

amritsari chole were known to me...these aloo looks equally appetising

Sapana Behl September 13, 2016 at 9:24 PM  

I have had tried this curry before and totally loved it.Yours looks delicious too.

Ritu Tangri September 14, 2016 at 2:20 PM  

I bring Punjabi from the core, can say we never made it this way😁😁, but it seems to be an interesting dish. Surely want to give it a try to see how fenugreek, fennel and kalonji has twisted the flavors. I'm pretty sure it must have tasted awesome.

Harini-Jaya R September 14, 2016 at 6:52 PM  

I have also shuffled around my posts umpteen number of times and I am yet to cook for week 4. The flavor of kalonji is unique and we love it. I am sure we will love the gravy as well.

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan September 14, 2016 at 8:45 PM  

For last BM I had this issue of picking themes. This time as its chaat it kind of worked out. Love the aloo curry. Yet to try kalonji in my cooking.

Priya Suresh September 14, 2016 at 9:35 PM  

Adding fennel and kalonji in this Amritsari aloo makes me drool, an excellent side dish for rotis and pooris, delicious dish.

Kalyani September 15, 2016 at 5:03 PM  

a little twists and turns, and potato lends itself to so many curries isn't it ? lovely gravy to go with hot phulkas :)

Sandhya Ramakrishnan September 20, 2016 at 6:39 PM  

Potatoes are so versatile and works well in any kind of side dish. The Amritsari Aloo looks delicious and the best part is, it is a no onion or garlic recipe. Perfect for Mahalaya paksham time now as we don't eat onions for the next 2 week. I will be making if for dinner sometime soon.

Archana Potdar September 23, 2016 at 7:47 PM  

Mmm love the Amristiri Aloo Valli.Delicious and makes me want to try it out soon.

Suma Gandlur September 24, 2016 at 2:14 AM  

Your aloo based gravies this week are showing what a slight change in ingredients can make altogether different flavored varieties.This one also sounds yum.

Smruti Shah September 27, 2016 at 11:54 PM  

This curry with Aloo is wonderful. Amritsari cuisine is one of my favorite!!

The Pumpkin Farm October 2, 2016 at 8:11 PM  

it is important to notice the finer nuances of dishes to make them different from each other....this looks so simple yet elegant

Pavani N October 7, 2016 at 1:03 AM  

Simple and flavorful potato curry.

Sowmya :) October 7, 2016 at 9:27 PM  

Such a flavourful potato dish

Suja Ram October 15, 2016 at 10:46 PM  

Amritsari Aloo Subji looks great Valli. Looking forward to your other delicious variations in Potato based gravies.

Priya Srinivasan October 18, 2016 at 9:11 PM  

Gravy looks scrumptious valli. I m making this tomorrow for my elder one's dabba. will let you know how it turns out!!!

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