Potato Roast

Potato Roast

aloo masala
Aloo Masala

Who does not like potatoes? At home, we love our potatoes and cannot do without them. The other day, a blogger friend, Nandita of Saffron Trail, posted a fantastic Masala Aloo recipe. This quick simple recipe is from Sanjeev Kapoor’s cooking show, Khana Khazana. I tried it this morning for our mid day meal and am absolutely floored. Potato Roast couldn’t have got any better. Soul food at its best!

potato roast
Potato Roast

Boiled and peeled potato cubes are tossed and roasted in aromatic Indian spices till a crispy crust is formed and garnished with coriander leaves. The key ingredient is rice flour which lends a crisp crust to the potatoes. Do use rice flour or corn meal (if you do not have rice flour on hand). I served the Potato Roast with steamed rice and Pappu pulusu (tangy vegetable stew) and papad.

Potato Roast

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 4

 Main Ingredients:

  •  potato


  •   Potatoes - 3, large
  •   Rice flour - 1 1/2 tbsps
  •   Oil - 1 tbsp
  •   Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
  •   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  •   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  •   Coriander powder - 1/2 tbsp
  •   Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
  •   Red chili powder - 3/4 tsp
  •   Fennel seed powder - 1/4 tsp (saunf) optional
  •   Salt - 1 tsp
  •   Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp,finely chopped

Method for making Potato Roast

Pressure cook potatoes. Pour two cups of water in the cooker. Place washed potatoes in another vessel and place in the cooker. Do not add water. Place the pressure cooker lid and cook on high flame up to 2 whistles. Cook on simmer for 8-10 mts. Turn off heat. Allow the pressure to reduce and open lid. Cool, peel and cube the potatoes.
Place the cubed potatoes in a bowl, add the rice flour and toss to coat well. Keep aside.
In a small bowl, add salt, turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and saunf powder. Keep aside the spice powder mix..
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the cumin seeds and allow to splutter. Reduce flame to low, add asofoetida and the spice powder mix and stir so that they mix in the oil, just a few seconds. Do not burn the spice powders.
Immediately, place the potato cubes that have been been tossed in rice flour. Stir to mix with the spice mix.
Cook on a low flame until the potatoes form a crisp exterior, approx 8-10 mts. Stir once in a while.
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.


  •   Fennel seed powder is optional.
  •   Few variations - use kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) at the time of adding the asafoetida. Use about a tsp of kasuri methi.
  •   Pinch of garam masala can be added for a different flavor.
  •   A tsp of Kitchen King masala can be used. If you using Kitchen King masala, omit cumin and fennel seed powder and reduce coriander powder to 1 tsp.
  •   Add salt along with the spice mix and not towards the end of the cooking process.


Potato Roast is a classic North Indian style stir fry recipe. One of my favorites among the quick simple recipes using Aloo.
  • Rithadharani

    cant wait for tomorrows lunch time!mouth watering receipe!!

  • http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com/ Krithi

    Looks super good… potato fry is an all time favorite!!

  • Bhagyajyothi

    droooling…mouthwatering …all time fav aloo…will prepare very soon

  • Jyothi

    Hi sailu

    I have a doubt, after getting 2 whistles u suggested to cook on low flame for abt 10 min but sailu after getting whistles even though we put on low flame we still do get whistles.

    So can u please clarify me if it is ok to cook on low flame even if we get whistles?

    Are we supposed to put whole potatoes or half cut potatoes in cooker?

    Waiting for ur reply



    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Yes, its fine to cook on low flame even though you get whistles. You can pressure cook whole potatoes. Try cooking once and with experience you will know how long to cook the potatoes.

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  • Sukanya

    i tried it.. its really nice

  • Bindu

    i dont have a rice flour in house can i use gram flour

  • Sameera Pappu

    I just got to know about this site. Tried this recipe. It came out very well. Thank you.
    And keep posting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • mili

    I tried this baby potatoes… and it turned out to be great… thanks Sailu garu

  • Sri

    This recipe is simple… and simply awesome!!!! Recipe gets full 100 marks. Totally satisfieduuuuuu!!!! Best Regards, Sri

  • pragnya

    its delicious sailu… i often cook yop recipies.. n my fiance loves d food i cook.. all thanks to u…

  • vinaysena

    very good taste…..this is first time i hve dne in hme…

  • Manjula

    Tried this recipe today… It’s yummy…my 41/2 year old kiddo is loving it. Thanks a lot for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sushma

    hi I just got to know about this site I tried this recipe its sooooo good it becomes one of my husbands favorite…..
    thank you for posting such a good recipe bye…

  • suzii

    tried it today….turned out to super delicious..love it. thanks for the recipe…

  • rajee

    I tried it. I cant get the exact shape as yours. Please let me know how did you do it?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      The boiled potato has to hold shape and not be fully cooked if the stir fry should appear like in the picture above. Mushy potatoes or overcooked potatoes will not do.

      • harika

        can we do this recipe with out boiling potatoes and cutting them in to small pieces??

        • http://www.sailusfood.com/ Sailu | Indian Food

          Yes you can

  • Rookie

    So I tried cooking this recipe yesterday. I couldn’t get that colour or the crispness. Pls help me understand where I went wrong? Thank u:)

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Color might differ as the color of red chili powder differs according to the chilies used. Crispness can be achieved with roasting the potatoes for a long time without placing lid over the cooking vessel.

  • Sudha Manthena

    Just now i cooked this ,,, came out superb ,,, thanx for the recepie ma’m

  • Suparna

    Tried this today… very delicious n yummy ๐Ÿ™‚ tq

  • Suparna