Self Proclaimed Potato Heads, Make These Iconic Yet Simple Dishes With Your Favourite Veggie!

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Why are potatoes so addictive? Let's not question why. Let's just accept they're because this low-key "King of the Veggie Kingdom" is amazing. You can do so much with it and in every version, they taste spudtacular! Here's our list of iconic and delicious aloo recipes that are easy to make and even easier to chow down. 

Batata Vada

What You Require: Potatoes, mustard seeds, grated ginger, onions, green chillies, asafoetida(hing), turmeric powder, coriander leaves, gram flour(besan), oil and salt. 

Time Required: 40 minutes

Incredibly simple to make, Batata Vadas (called by different names across the country) is what most of us survive on, during the monsoons, especially! Boiled potatoes, spiced, battered and deep fried, the play on textures and spices is what makes this dish a winner. Not to forget this is the ultimate grab and go dish. Relish it piping hot with some mint or tamarind and date chutney. Find a recipe here

Vada Pav

What You Require: Potatoes, mustard seeds, grated ginger, onions, green chillies, asafoetida, turmeric powder, coriander leaves, gram flour, oil and salt.
For the garlic chutney: oil, sesame seeds, dry red chillies, garlic, dessicated coconut and salt. Fried green chillies and pav.

Time Required: 40 minutes

Did we already say 'ultimate grab and go dish'? Well, all the Mumbaikars (and pretty much the rest of India) will agree that this is what comes to mind when we think "The Best Indian Sandwich." Every city in the nation has this as part of their street food scene and now since you know how to make those Batata Vadas, all you need is some garlic chutney, fried green chilli and toasted pavs. And assemble! Although these sound as too many components, it is easy to make. You can also get as creative as you'd like and jazz up your aloo stuffing with some cheese too. Find a recipe here.

French Fries Or Wedges

What You Require: Potatoes, oil and salt

Time Required: 20 minutes

This list would be put to shame without fries making a star appearance! The world loves these crunchy-on-the-outside and fluffy-in-the-middle little morsels of joy. These are so easy to make and there are probably a gazillion recipes on how to perfect them in a few simple steps. We suggest soaking your cut fries in water to remove excess starch and using the twice cooked method to hear the loudest crunch! You can season however you please (peri peri or basic salt or top it with cheese) and cut your potatoes thicker for a wedge party! Find a recipe here

Hash Browns

What You Require: Potatoes, onions, egg, salt, pepper and oil.

Time Required: 20 minutes

Make them for breakfast or as an even snack, because Hash Browns go down easy any time of the day and require very little effort to make. It uses basic pantry ingredients (5 at most) and you can customise them however you'd like! A cool tip for parents is to sneak in some spinach because the kids won't even notice. Serve it hot with fried eggs and some ketchup. Find a recipe here

Aloo Tuk

What You Require: Baby potatoes, oil, salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, cumin powder, dry mango powder and rock salt.

Time Required: 30 minutes

The Sindhi Aloo Tuk is India's homage to French Fries but masala maarke. The potatoes are double fried in this dish too, but what sets it apart is the masala blend it is tossed in at the end! In every bite you will hear crunch, crunch, crunch and taste delicious, delicious, delicious. Highly recommend you give this recipe a go, you are sure to find all the ingredients you need at home. Find a recipe here.

Aloo Tikki

What You Require: Potatoes, boiled peas, ginger, green chillies, ginger, red chilli flakes, black salt, dry mango powder(aamchur), rice flour, asafoetida, cumin seeds, garam masala, chana dal, coriander seeds, oil, and salt.

Time Required: 30 minutes

Speaking of Indian versions, this would qualify as the mashed counterpart of the grated Hash Browns. Equally addictive nevertheless! Aloo Tikkis or tikka makes its way to multiple street snacks in India. It is usually stuffed with some chana dal. You can also think of this as a spiced vegetarian hamburger. Incorporate some paneer into your aloo mixture for a creamy twist, or sandwich it in between two slices of bread top it with some cheese and green chutney, grill and enjoy. Find a recipe here

Aloo Chaat

What You Require: Potatoes, red chilli powder, cumin powder, chaat masala, lemon juice, ghee, salt, green chutney, tamarind chutney, onions, curd, sev, pomegranate seeds and fresh coriander.

Time Required: 30 minutes

This is an iconic streetside treat in the country that is so loved, it has Bollywood songs on it! Since you know how to make those Aloo Tikkis, this dish should be a breeze. All you do is mash up your aloo tikkis and adorn it with chopped onions, chutney and sev and voila! You have the delicious Aloo Chaat that is an explosion of flavours and textures in your mouth! Find a recipe here.

Mashed Potatoes

What You Require: Potatoes, butter, milk, sour cream or hung curd, salt and pepper. 

Time Required: 30 minutes

Mashed Potatoes are divine. Period. They are creamy, fully customisable (throw in green onions or bacon) and everyone, we repeat, every human loves them. When made right, they are fluffy and well-seasoned. Avoid over mashing you potatoes because this will turn them gloopy and gummy. Using a rice masher to mash your boiled potatoes is sure to yield the best results with minimum effort. Find a recipe here.

Potato & Egg Salad

What You Require: Potatoes, mayonnaise, mustard, gherkins or pickled cucumbers, apple cider vinegar, paprika, boiled eggs, onions, fresh dill, salt and pepper 

Time Required: 30 minutes

A salad doesn't sound half as bad when it has them potatoes, don't you agree? Well, we certainly do because this potato and egg salad is creamy as it is lethal! Plus, it is so simple to throw together on any dinner night and make a lasting impression. Find a recipe here

Aloo Samosa

What You Require: All-purpose flour, carom seeds (ajwain), oil, salt and water. For filling: potatoes, peas, cashews, ginger, green chillies, asafoetida, coriander leaves, lemon juice, cumin powder and seeds, garam masala, red chilli powder, and salt.

Time Required: 40 mins

The one aloo dish every Indian has enjoyed in his/her lifetime are scrumptious aloo samosas. We love them as is or in chaat, as a snack or a meal (yes, we can eat them by the bulk). The potato filling is probably the OG, before a million other ingredients from meat to cheese was added to it. Make sure to eat them piping hot. To make things easier use a pre-made pastry sheet. Find a recipe here

Aloo Paratha

What You Require: Whole wheat flour, salt, water and oil. For filling: potatoes, onions, ginger, green chillies, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, garam masala, dry mango powder and fresh coriander.

Time Required: 45 minutes

If not aloo samosas, us Indians are definitely munching on some aloo parathas somewhere. This ingenious dish of mash potatoes stuffed in dough, rolled out and then fried is so good! It can be tricky to roll out without breaking or spilling the filling, but it's nothing a little practice can't fix (you can always run to mum for this). Serve this with pickle and dahi to savour the complete experience. Find a recipe here

Aloo Methi

What You Require: Potatoes, fenugreek leaves, cumin seeds, garlic, green chillies, turmeric, salt, water and oil.

Time Required: 30 minutes

Whenever you spot fresh methi (fenugreek) in your markets (usually during the winter months), make sure you buy a bunch and make this rasoi classic that use potatoes and is nonsense and rewarding in its flavours. It is a stir fry potato of sorts and goes perfectly well with some roti. Find a recipe here

Dum Aloo

What You Require: Potatoes, turmeric powder, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, tomato puree, curd, garam masala, red chilli powder, coriander powder, onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies, fresh coriander, sugar, salt and oil. 

Time Required: 40 minutes

Punjabi, Kashmiri, Bengali there are multiple versions of this loved Indian gravy style dish, Dum Aloo. It is made with a medley of spices that are cooked down till aromatic and then this is infused into potatoes on dum. Dum is basically a process of slow cooking in the Indian kitchen and the results are dishes that turn into a favourite passed through the generations! We're using a Bengali tangy and spicy Dum Aloo recipe here

Hasselback Potatoes

What You Require: Potatoes, butter, garlic, olive oil, rosemary (or any herb), salt and pepper. 

Time Required: 30 minutes

If you want to get fancy without breaking into a sweat, then this and the following recipe will be your friends. Hasselback potatoes look and taste fantastic which is why you will usually spot them as a party appetiser! To know you've succeeded, your potatoes need to be crispy on the outside with those signature incisions and fluffy in the middle. Make sure to pack it with herbs and loads of butter! Find a recipe here

Potato Gratin

What You Require: Potatoes, onions, butter, flour, milk, Cheddar cheese, Gouda cheese, rosemary, thyme, breadcrumbs and salt.

Time Required: 1 hour

Thin slices of potato layered and cooked with butter, cream and cheese. Ah, we've died and gone to potato heaven. Potato Gratin is a pleasure to eat as it is to make. It takes some time, so put on some music, pour yourself a glass of your favourite drink and enjoy cooking. Then reward yourself with you know what. This recipe uses caramelised onions to make things all the more delicious!


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