Aloo jeera rice (Potato and rice flavoured with cumin) | TummyKhush

Rainy days remind you of what else but comfort food… mirchi bajjis with chai or a nice vada pav among other things makes for a wonderful afternoon snack. In India, one of the things that comes to mind when we say comfort food is potatoes. Chips, bondas, wedges…. the list is endless. Here is my dad’s recipe for a simple quick meal for those days home alone when you really dont want to sweat in the kitchen. Makes it easier if there is left over rice. Ready in a matter of minutes, it makes for a filling meal. It doesnt require many ingredients.  And then potato is a common ingredient found in most kitchens including bachelors’. 😛

So here is what you require:

Cooked rice : enough for 2 people
Potatoes : 2 medium sized (peeled and finely chopped)
Onion : 1 large sized (peeled and finely chopped)
Jeera/cumin seeds : 2 tsp
Green chillies : 1-2 chopped
Salt: to taste
Chilli powder : as per taste
Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
Coriander : few sprigs finely chopped.

Here is how you make it:

Heat about 2-3 tbsp of oil in a kadhai or a non-stick pan. I prefer to use non-stick pan since the potatoes need to be fried and a non stick pan does the job better and the potatoes dont stick.
When the oil gets sufficiently warm, add the cumin seeds. The cumin seeds should splutter.

Now add the chopped potatoes and let them cook for a minute or two.
Add the onion and green chillies and fry. A tip here is to not cover the pan while cooking the mixture since we dont want the potatoes to be soft. We want them to fry well.

Once the potatoes have changed colour and you feel that they have cooked through, add turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt and mix well. Check seasoning.
Now add the cooked rice to this mixture and mix well. You can sprinkle little water to ensure that all ingredients mix well and the rice gets coated well with all the ingredients.

Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add the chopped coriander mix well and serve.
This rice dish is best served hot.


Serving ideas:

  • You can serve this with  mixed pickle or pickle of your choice and curd or raitha.


  • This recipe tastes very good as it is, but to bring in a different taste, you can add dhania powder, jeera powder and garam masala powder along with chilli powder in the cooking process
  • To give an extra dash of taste you can use butter or ghee instead of oil (if you are not counting your calories that is. 😛 )
  • Also see my recipes for jeera rice and aloo jeera rice

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