Aloo Bhaji or Potato Bhaji is a spiced Indian potato dish usually served as an accompaniment to Poori and Masala Dosa. It can also be served along with Indian flatbreads (rotis) and rice.
There are different ways of making an Aloo Bhaji. This humble dish is prepared in different oils, herbs, and spices in different regions of our country and today I am bringing to you the South Indian version of Potato Bhaji.
I am also using only the bare minimum number of spices in this version. You may please feel free to use herbs and spices according to your needs.
In the South, especially Kerala, this Aloo Bhaji is popularly called as Poori Masala or Poori Bhaji. Go to any South Indian restaurant chains like Aaryas, Indian Coffee House, Aarya Bhavan, or Sharavana Bhavan, along with Idli and a variety of Dosa dishes, Poori Masala also tops the menu list.
As a child, I hated potatoes. And I never had it in Masala Dosa, Poori Bhaji, or even in curries. But as I grew older, my tastebuds also have changed.
I made this simple Potato Bhaji for my first ever Masala Dosa and Wham! There was no looking back.
With tiny tweaks, I made it a regular with rice, rotis and dal, and also Poori.
How to Prepare Aloo Bhaji
To prepare Aloo Bhaji, take about 3 large potatoes and boil them. You may use a steamer or a pressure cooker. Peel, crumble, and set aside once done.
Now, heat a pan and add oil. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
When it splutters, add dry red chilies, asafoetida, green chilies, curry leaves and onion.
Add little salt and saute till onions are soft and then add turmeric powder and mix well.
Add crumbled potato and mix well. Cook for a couple of minutes, add a dash of water and mix again. Switch off the flame and done.
Aloo Bhaji for Masala Dosa:
Since Aloo Bhaji in Masala Dosa is used more like a stuffing, we make this in a dry version. Adding water or making it runny will not be ideal for Masala Dosas.
For Poori Bhaji:
For Poori Bhaji, we make it a wee bit runny, as it is served as a side-dish to dip and eat the Poori. To take a notch up higher, we can also add coconut milk instead of just water, for a tastier and creamier variety.
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