Tandoori Aloo Masala (Potato Curry)

tandoori aloo masala
Its been raining like hell in North California since past couple weeks, and looks like more rain is on the horizon! Its one thing to sit at home sipping hot tea and enjoying Bhajiyas while hearing the pitter-patter of the rain, and totally another boring story to be driving to work each day in these nasty showers! Nevertheless, whenever I am down, I turn to food for comfort, and making and eating a nice comforting meal always help to lift your spirits! This hot and spicy Tandoori Aloo Masala is no exception! Enjoy it with some lovely Parathas and you'll be sure to feel good after the meal!

8-10 baby potatoes
1 Medium size onion (grated)
1 cup yogurt - blended
1 tbsp Coriander seeds
3 cloves
1 inch piece of cinnamon stick
2 Cardamom pods (green)
4 tbsp Ghee/oil
4-5 Bay Leaves
1 tsp each Ginger-garlic paste and chilli powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/4 tsp Tandoori masala (ready-made)
1 tbsp tamarind paste
1 tsp sugar (or add to taste)
salt - to taste

Boil the baby potatoes, making sure they stay firm and not become too mushy. Split into halves and keep aside.

Now take ghee in a non-stick pan and let it heat. Then add the grated onions and a pinch of salt, to prevent onions from becoming bitter in taste. Saute the onions for about 2 mins, till golden and translucent.

Dry roast the cardamom seeds, cloves, coriander seeds, bay leaves, and cinnamon in another pan on medium heat. Then process them in a spice grinder to make fresh dry masala powder.
PS: If you cannot do this, add the spices directly to the onions and let them cook with it. Just remove the bay leaves and cinnamon barks after about 5 mins so they don't overpower the recipe.

Add the fresh masala to the onions and let it cook. Also add the ginger-garlic paste and saute on low-to-medium heat, stirring constantly, till it becomes reddish brown and the mixture starts separating from the oil.

Now add turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt. Fry it about a minute till everything becomes smooth and almost like a gravy.

Now add the blended yogurt, and the tandoori masala to the gravy. try to keep the gravy thick, but if it is too solid, you can add about 2 tbsp water. now add the boiled and skinned potatoes and gently roll them over to coat them evenly with the masala gravy. Add some chopped fresh coriander leaves, Cover with a lid and let it simmer for about 5 mins. Stir occasionally to make sure the curry does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Add water only if needed.

Cook till thick and muchy, then remove from flame, garnish with some chopped cilantro and chillies, and serve hot with some Parathas!

Also take a minute to check out this recipe for Tandoori Aloo which is a great appetizer or a side dish for parties

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Asha said...

We had cold and icy rain for 2 days too, so depressing. Good days for shopping though! :D

Lovely Tandoori aloos, great color.

Happy belated 2010, enjoy the weekend.

Trish said...

Gosh that looks good. I do have all the ingredients so that might go good with the freshly baked naan I just bought this morning when I was grocery shopping.

Priya said...

Yumm!!!delicious tandoori aloo masala...

Anonymous said...

Hi, I don't see the Tandoori Masala in the ingredients list. Is a ready made tandoori masala required or can one be made up fresh? If so, how?

Jagruti said...


First time here...i got this recipe through email...looks so colourful and tasty...aloo any time..

cheers and do visit my blog


Mansi said...

HI anon - thanks for pointing out the error! I use ready-made Tandoori masala, its more convenient, and adds a nice color to the gravy. But if you can't find it, you can still go ahead and make the curry without using that; the garam masala can be used as a substitute instead.

Asha - I see some sunshine today and I am going to spend the rest of the day out with my 6 month old!:)

Thanks Trish & Priya:) do try it out!

Shelly said...

What a yummy sounding recipe! I hope the weather is better now!

I wanna make more curries, I love the smell of them. I was just at the asian market today, I should have picked up some spices! Oh well, next time!

simplyfood said...

I love this dish I make something similar at least once a week.It a firm family favorite.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Hope the rain lets up over there soon if it hasn't already. I sometimes feel like I'm living in the only part of the world not struck by horrid weather or natural disasters right now.

Love this dish. I know my husband will go crazy for it.

Manasi said...

I loved the rain we had! ooohhhh! more on its way this week ( just 1 day... :( )
Love the Tandoori Aloo, aloo - puri & rainy days , what a perfect combo!
How's the little one?

Mansi said...

thanks folks! rain is coming on strong, but I guess California needs it, so its ok:)

Manasi - the little one is growing up fast! thanks for asking:)

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Looks very nice..tandoori aloo masala

Usha said...

Tandoori aloos looks delicious! Potatoes look inviting in all different forms :-)

Yash said...

this seems really cool dish..and healthy too :)


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Wow! You turn to food for comfort, and making and eating a nice comforting meal always help to lift My spirits! This hot and spicy Tandoori Aloo Masala is no exception! Enjoy it with some lovely Parathas and I'll be sure to feel good after the meal!

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rk said...

This looks delicious and easy to prepare. All ingredients are basics in Indian pantries, gotta try this tonight! Thanks for the recipe.

rk said...

I think you are missing cinnamon in the ingredients list :)

Mansi said...

thanks for pointing it out RK! just updated it:)

Rekha said...

ooh, looks tempting. Will try this soon..first time here, u have a lovely blog.

rk said...

My third comment on one post..hee..hee..I felt grinding Tej patta (something I never did before) didn't turn out too well. It gives it a gritty taste in your mouth...rest of the recipe came out good, thanks for sharing!

http://www.amishbedframe.com said...

The food looks so comforting. Like its simplicity and the color, too.

florist said...

Hmm...looks yummyyyy....can't wait to eat this food. Thanks 4 the recipe.... :)