Potato Roast / Aloo Roast

Recipe for Potato Roast / Aloo Roast or Sabzi

Last month, when I posted Mor Keerai on the blog as a dedication to my MIL, my husband insisted that I should blog about the delicious Potato Roast as well and happily agreed to pose for it. Many of them who visited the blog, loved the potato roast sitting quietly in the background and hence I thought of blogging this separately. Since I had no inclination to post this separately on the blog, I had just photographed the close up images minus any styling etc. I have the habit of taking close up shots of all the components that form part of the blog post, many of which don’t make it to the blog but always remain in a folder stored on the laptop. I sometimes like to go through my work to see how I can improve and such images really help me. After reading the comments, I was so glad that I took this photograph which looks pretty simple but made me realise that nothing goes unnoticed, hard work especially. Thank you everyone for that trust in me.

If there is one vegetable my husband demands every weekend, it is Potato Roast. Ofcourse, I don’t give into his demands. I am too stubborn with our diet plans in place and even though we don’t avoid anything in particular, Potatoes are once a month indulgence and we make sure we walk few kms extra to burn the calories.

South Indians love this sabzi and it is often the best accompaniment to Sambar. There is something about mixed vegetable sambar or the Arachavitu Sambar and Potatoes, the moment it reaches your mouth, you are one happy person, often indulging in few extra ladles of sambar and spoons of the curry and once the meal is over, a mandatory siesta is applicable. So, yes, this is what exactly Narayan believes too and while his siestas have become a luxury owing to hectic work and travel, he ensures on Sunday he takes a mandatory hour long nap followed by a cup of tea.

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Potato Roast, the monthly indulgence is usually scheduled for Sundays when Narayan has extra bites of potatoes, makes extra rounds to the kitchen trying to indulge in a conversation with me while grabbing few pieces of the potato roasting in the pan while I drive him away requesting him to be patient until lunch.

A very simple recipe and easy to make and we both love this specially with baby potatoes, than the normal ones. Lipsmacking, Spicy, tasty and goes well with Curd Rice or Dal Tadka and steamed rice too. I am sure you will give it a try soon.

Some of my other favourite Potato Sabzis on the blog are the

Recipe for Potato Roast / Aloo Roast / Sabzi

Prep Time – 10 mins

Cook Time – 40 mins

Serves – 2 to 3 nos. 


  • Baby Potatoes – 250 gms
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Chana Dal – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – 2 tsps
  • Whole red chillies – few roughly torn into pieces
  • Sesame Oil – 1.5 tblsp
  • Hing – a big pinch
  • Salt as per taste
  • Curry leaves – few sprigs


  • Wash the potatoes well under running water, drain and keep aside.
  • Pressure cook the baby potatoes with their skin and without any water in a pressure cooker for just 4 to 5 whistles.
  • Once the cooker cools, remove the potatoes, allow it to cool thouroughly before peeling the skin off.
  • After peeling the skin, sprinkle turmeric powder, red chilli powder and some salt. Mix it well with a clean and dry spoon and keep aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat a non-stick kadhai, add the required quantity of sesame oil, then add the mustard seeds and allow it to crackle.
  • Add some hing in the hot oil along with curry leaves, chana dal and the whole red chillies.
  • Now add masala coated baby potoates and just mix it very lightly with a spatula.
  • Turn the heat to its lowest point and allow it to roast slowly.
  • Since we are adding less amount of oil for the roasting, allow it to cook on very low heat with just few seconds of tossing in between
  • After 20 minutes of cooking, they will turn nicely roasted and flavourful.
  • Switch off the flame and serve it with hot rice, ghee and some dal as an accompaniment.

Recipe Notes –

  • Smearing of red chilli powder and turmeric powder over the boiled baby potatoes ensures the masalas get coated evenly and it roasts well with a golden brown top.
  • If you find the quantity of red chilli powder used here to be slightly more, you may reduce it according to your preference. Usually this is a spicy stir fry.
  • If you are making this for lunch box, you can smear the masalas over potatoes and store it in your refrigerator and cook it the next morning.
  • Do not place a lid over the pan while this is being roasted, it won’t provide the golden brown exterior and turn mushy.
  • Don’t add any water for cooking the potatoes.
  • Few people add curry powder or sambar powder too but I have not added the same. You can add if you prefer the taste.
  • I love this vegetable with baby potatoes but you can use any other variety of potatoes too.


Vidya Narayan

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  1. Both the husband and I adore aloo roast – my uncle makes a gorgeous one. I have always avoided making it at home, thanks to the truckload of oil that seems to go into it. 🙁 Your version looks and sounds delish, and seems to use very little oil as well. I’ll definitely be trying this out! 🙂

    1. When you love something, you try your level best to cook it in the most healthy way – This is what I love doing. The Arbi roast on the blog is also made with low oil, a good non stick kadhai and some patience and in the end guilt free consumption of food. Thanks dear.

  2. I was among the one who admired the potato roast and would’ve been “katti” with you if you hadn’t shared the recipe… hehe… It’s such a winner, that masala covered up on the potato… Ah, I can’t imagine its play on the taste buds…

    1. Haha.. I cannot ever ever give you chance to be katti with me my dear so yes, I remembered you while writing this post as you were the first to notice it in the background. Thank you so much dear and yes, this is one sabzi that is wiped clean every time I make it. No leftovers absolutely.

  3. Aaah look at those beauties tempting me to pick them up from the screen, such a simple but tempting recipe, all time favourite of mine. By the way the pics are super tempting.

  4. Baby potatoes are favorite at our house too..and this aloo roast sounds so heakthy..bookmarking the recipe Vidya

  5. The potato roast looks very tempting. I usually make baby potatoes in a thick gravy. However, will have to try out this finger licking recipe. No wonder your hubby sneaks into the kitchen to have a few masaledar potatoes.

    1. Ha Ha. If he stops sneaking, I will stop improving. Trust me, he has very sharp taste buds and knows even if a tiny bit of salt is missing. So now you know why he is my ultimate food critic. I am yet to make a gravy based aloo dish for the blog so I guess I will try that next time for sure, thank you for the tip!

  6. Although aloo being favourite at home, I do not make aloo so often, maybe once every 4-6 weeks! Aloo roast, Poori and keri no ras, my favourite combo. Yours looks so inviting and flavourful 🙂

  7. I could live entirely on potatoes if I didn’t fear that my waistline would finally block my view of my toes 😁 But still I can’t resist eating them in some form at least twice a week. Your irresistible recipe, droolworthy click and enticing description has made me want to cook this dish today…right now! Since I’m fasting, I’ll have to wait till dinner time. Baby potatoes seem like a perfect choice for this recipe and look so pretty too in your bowl. I don’t have baby potatoes today (and I don’t want to wait anymore) so this time I’ll make them with the usual ones but I am making these today! 😊😋

    1. Haha.. Agree about the agony of the ever expanding waist line. Sometimes I wonder, why the Almighty has bestowed me with such a slow metabolism and turned me into a foodie too. Too much isn’t it? But yes, he has been kind and enabled me meet so many wonderful people like you who share the same thoughts. Thank you so much and I shall be waiting to hear about the final outcome of the feast post your fast. Happy Ramadan sister!

  8. Hey Vidya! I finally tried out this Urulai Roast your way, today, for the husband’s birthday. It turned out fab, and we absolutely loved it! 🙂
    Would you mind if I shared the recipe on my blog too, with a link back to your blog?

    1. Good to hear that Priya and glad you guys loved the roast. Its our absolute fav too at home. Please go ahead and share the recipe. Thank you for the link back, appreciate it. Cheers!

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