Jeera aloo

Every once in a while, I let my mother decide what she wants to eat. To tell you the truth, I have planned what the menu is already a month in advance but she snuggles up to me and says you know what she wishes for to eat tomorrow and if I have everything in the pantry to make it for her, I give in. I am such a push over I tell you.

Today, super duper early my mum had a dentist appointment and she couldn’t eat for a couple of hours. When that no consumption via oral was almost over she was crying how she just wants potatoe curry and roti.

But not potatoe curry as in strong and with gravy but the jeera potatoes that I use in my potatoe filling.

I gave it, although it was a rush but I gave in.

I used this an excuse to use my Indian roti pan, which let me just say, I have to learn how to use properly.

Normally I use a pancake pan, it does the job, but today I decided to use the Indian pan and boy oh boy I burnt the first couple and not the entire roti, just the centers that were pitch black and the rest of the roti was still raw.

So I gave up and ditched the pan and just went back to my old faithful. No one was any wiser as to the fact that laying in the bottom of the bin bag was 2 burnt rotis that would have got me disowned by my parents if they saw what I had produced… just kidding.

I was a bit scared to make the potatoes, seeing as when I make them for the samosa filling, I mash them up slightly, but now the potatoes were going to be the main feature I was scared they would not come out right. I didn’t have much to be afraid of, they came out perfect.

Okay maybe not so perfect I forgot to add salt, I was battling with the roti that I completely forgot to add salt I kept quiet and my mother ate it, thank god it wasn’t my father. My mother just quietly added salt and gave me a look of knowing that I had forgotten the salt, while my father was looking the other way.

If he had to taste salt less potatoes, I would never have heard the end of it. He would be going on and on about how he doesn’t need a recipe book to cook and he wouldn’t forget to put salt. What kind of cook am I???


  • 6 x medium potatoes, peeled and cubed.
  • Salt to season.
  • 3 x tbsp. coil.
  • ½ x tsp jeera seeds.
  • 2 x green chillies, finely chopped.
  • 1 x tsp turmeric powder.
  • 1 x tsp chilli powder.
  • ¼ x cup coriander, finely chopped.
  • 3 x tsp lemon juice.


  • Heat oil in the pot.
  • Add the jeera seeds and chillies and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes and a splash of water.
  • Cover and allow the potatoes to cook. You can add more water .
  • Cook for about 5 minutes, before adding the spices.
  • Give it a good stir and add a little more water.
  • Cover and cook till the potatoes are soft.
  • Add the lemon juice and cook uncovered till all the water has cooked away.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander.

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