Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Subzi Aloo (Vegetable Potato)

*Phew* My apologies for the 2 week hiatus...  Between the end of the year holidays and taking a week long trip to Minnesota, recipe blogging got pushed to the back burner.  I haven't forgotten though!  I am thoroughly enjoying keeping this blog and hearing all the wonderful feedback from people.  

Subzi Aloo (Vegetable Potato also known as Sabji Aloo) is a quick and easy vegetable dish using potatoes, peas, carrots, and tomatoes as your primary ingredients.  This is a great side dish (or main dish if you're vegetarian) to serve to guests when your main dish is gosht (meat).  

Start by chopping up a 1/2 onion (or 1 really small onion) and frying it on medium/high heat in about 1/4 cup of oil (it should cover the base of the pot and the onions) with 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds.

Next chop up two tomatoes...

...and chop up one medium sized potato (gold or white potatoes work best -- not those hefty Idaho baking potatoes... If you're going to go Idaho, get a small one and add 10 minutes to the cooking time).

When your onions look soft, add your tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes.

 It'll look like the above picture.

Next add your potatoes and half of a 10oz frozen bag of peas/carrots mix (if you want to do fresh, use 4 carrots, and 2 cups of peas).  Every achi bivi knows how to take short-cuts ;).  Add half a teaspoon of tumeric powder, 1 teaspoon red chili powder, and approximately 1 tablespoon of salt.  Bring to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes on low heat, covered.

Most of the liquid should have evaporated and it should look like the above picture.  Potatoes should be soft when a fork goes through them.

Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala and 2 green chilis.  Enjoy with naan or paratha!


  • ~1/4 cup or more of vegetable/canola oil
  • 1/2 large onion (or one small onion)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 potato, cut in cubes
  • 1/2 10oz bag of frozen peas/carrots mix (or 4 sliced carrots and 2 cups of peas)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 Tblsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 green chilis


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