Jeera Aloo or Aloo jeera: cumin potatoes and the litmus test for all self-respecting restaurants in our family. Most restaurants are delighted to make this off-menu dish (although why it is always off-menu defeats us) as it is requires absolutely no effort – fry some cumin and potatoes together, season with turmeric, and Bob’s your uncle.
But no, there are restaurants that don’t want to oblige. In our opinion this is because either a) they actually don’t have a kitchen at the back but get things shipped in to be heated up to thermonuclear temperatures in their huge microwaves or b) the milk of human kindness does doth run dry in the management – I mean come on, if someone wants Jeera Aloo just give them the Jeera Aloo. Right?
Having said all this – I must confess I am a meanie at home. I only make Jeera Aloo when I am feeling kindly disposed towards the husband and the child as I just do not have the patience for all the stirring to ensure that the potatoes are cooked consistently and don’t stick to the bottom of the pan… AND BURN!
So, we eat this often only when my mum comes over to stay. Otherwise, pretty rarely.
Enjoy the recipe