Aloo Tamatar Subzi – Curried Potatoes In Tomato Sauce

Simple, comforting and flavorful – is how I would describe today’s vegetarian dish with overtones of North Indian style of cooking. I learnt this recipe during my college days from one of my numerous North Indian friends who would bring it in her tiffin dabba with rotis. I reminse the days when we would swap our tiffin dabbas and how I’d lap up delicious North Indian fare like stuffed paranthas and chole while my friends would relish our South Indian tiffins like masala dosas, idlis and garellu. I always tried out different combinations of a particular dish(which is new to me) using different spices with recipes like curried baby potatoes and aloo palak and finally settle for one which is suited to my palate in terms of spice and flavor. North Indian cuisine calls for the use of less spice than our Andhra cuisine. If I feel that the flavor of a dish needs to be pepped up a bit in terms of spice then I do make a subtle change without playing too much with the ingredients and cooking style of the authentic original recipe. The end result has never been disappointing so far and I always had my family and friends relish the food served to them..:)

Aloo Tamatar Sabzi is a very simple, everyday dish regularly cooked in many North Indian kitchens. Boiled potatoes are cooked in a spiced gravy of onions and tomatoes and makes a great curry with rotis and chapatis. I also make this sometimes as an accompaniment to a subtly spiced flavored rice or steamed white rice.

Aloo Tamatar Subzi (Potato-Tomato Curry)


4 medium potatoes (boiled and slightly mash with hand roughly to form small chunks)
1 large onion chopped finely
3 cloves garlic finely minced
1″ ginger finely minced
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 dry red chillis
10-12 curry leaves
2 green chilli slit length wise
1 tsp red chilli pwd (adjust according to your choice)
1 tbsp coriander pwd
1/2 tsp cumin pwd
1/4 tsp turmeric pwd
salt to taste
3 medium sized tomatoes finely chopped
1 1/2 tbsp oil
chopped coriander leaves for garnish
1 tsp jaggery or sugar (optional)

Heat oil in a cooking vessel and add the mustard seeds and let them pop. Now add the red chillis and curry leaves and stir fry for a few seconds till the flavors are released in the oil. Now add onions, ginger and garlic and saute till the onions turn light brown. Add the green chillis and all the pwds. Combine.
Add the tomatoes and stir fry till the oil seperates and it gets mushy.
Add the potatoes and combine and keep covered with a lid on low heat for 3-4 minutes.
Remove lid and cook further for another 3-4 mts stirring once in a while.
Add salt and enough water to cover the potatoes.
Bring to a boil and let it simmer on low heat till you get the desired curry consistency. Finally add the jaggery/sugar and combine. Turn off heat. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve hot with rotis/chapatis/steamed white rice.

This is my entry to Sweetnicks Antioxidant Rich Foods ARF 5 A Day Tuesdays.

Aloo Tamatar Subzi – Curried Potatoes In Tomato Sauce

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 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  potatoes


  • Vineela

    Hi Sailu,
    Looks Yummy.

  • AK

    The curried potatoes look great, Sailu! So does the new design! 😉

  • Paz

    As usual, your food looks delicious!


  • Lera

    Looks delicious, sailu this sure is my kind of recipe…love Aloo with gravy ….:)BTW, I had your Miriyala Annam(pepper Rice….)tonight with papad It was great.

  • BDSN

    Wow Sailu!!!Pictures look very mouthwatery and definitely a good combo with rotis …well cant wait to try

  • Lakshmi

    hi sailu,
    curry chala bavuntundi kadda, even we prepare the same way.

  • Kitchenmate

    Sailu: My mom makes similar version (exact) without sugar and i love it with rotis and with Idli’s too. They are good combo..

  • Ashwini

    I didnt know the North also has their version. Nice recipe Sailu. I also liked the blue contrast of the bowl with the curry.

  • Santhi

    Ur way of presenting makes this curry so beautiful sailu…

  • arun

    hi sailu,
    i tried in my room today, it came out good.
    loved the site header…

    I am glad it turned out good,Arun…:) 

  • vyhsali

    Hi sailugaru,

    I really like the way you have presentes all your recepies keep up the good work.By the way
    iam from vizag too

  • prashanthi

    Hi sailu,

    I want a recipe called capsicum masala. can u please post it?

  • suman

    hi sailu,
    i have prepared alu tomato so many times at home. don’t u think along with it, if peas are also added, the curry will taste even more better?

    Peas give it an added flavor, Suman.

  • Madhu

    Hi Sailu,

    I had just seen your photograph at another blog
    probably she copied from your page… just letting you know.

  • Anu

    Hi Sailu,
    I tried this recipe yesterday. It came out very good. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I also loved the pictures.


  • rajani

    Hi Sailu,

    U r wonderful cook. U inspire people to cook delicious recipes.
    Keep up the good work 🙂


  • rv

    Hi sailu, just wanted to let you know that ,I saw the same pic in another blog, :

  • rv

    i think they copied it

  • sneha

    oh!!! my god…frm whr should i start…i love all kind of sabzi in potatoes…simply i can only say tht i loe aloo sooo much…

  • Chandu

    Thanks a lot!!.. I tried and loved this!

  • sirisha

    Soulful dish!

  • Hemden

    Wow, simple and delicious.

  • maggi

    ghatia hai isse achha doosre blogs pe mil jata hai

    • Parody King

      You didn’t try it out Properly Maggi 😛 My Dish was awesome 🙂
      ~Sailu’s Fan

  • gaurav

    thank you so much for the recipe. it was really. good. the only addition i amde was to add a pinch of garam masala when the curry was boiling away.

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