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Zeera Aloo


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The humble potato stars in this spice-packed side dish.

Recipe courtesy of Shivani Dhamija


  • 5-6 potatoes, boiled and cubed
  • 2.5 tsp (12.5 ml) cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • 2 Thai green chilies (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp (15 ml) oil tablespoon oil
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) cumin powder
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) garam masala
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) red chili powder
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) raw mango powder (substitute with 1 Tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice)
  • salt to taste


  1. In pan, heat oil.
  2. Add cumin seeds, which should splutter.
  3. Add green chilies, fry one minute.
  4. Add potato cubes and mix well.
  5. Sprinkle turmeric, red chili powder, raw mango powder, and salt
  6. Sauté 5 minutes.
  7. Add chopped cilantro, garam masala, cumin powder.
  8. Mix well.

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