Aloo ke gutke or pahari aloo. A spicy, delicious and easy to make dry potato recipe from Uttarakhand or Devabhumi.
If you have boiled potatoes ready then you can make it in a jiffy. Serve it as a side dish with dal chawal, roti, paratha, puri or any Indian bread or serve this spicy mouthwatering aloo ke gutke as a starter.
I have so many memories with Uttarakhand. Not only beautiful Nainital but Bhimtal, Ranikhet, Ghorakhal, Jageshwar dham and so many other places. Few years before I had to visit Naukuchiatal regularly with my brother. My nephew and niece were studying there in a boarding school. Loved that place.
And how could I forget Sattal. An interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes near Bhimtal. Sharing some pictures of this beautiful state.
According to Wikipedia Uttarakhand formerly known as Uttaranchal is a state in the northern part of India. It is often referred to as the “Devabhumi” (literally “Land of the Gods”) due to numerous Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. Uttarakhand is known for the natural environment of the Himalayas, the Bhabar and the Terai.
Cuisines of Uttarakhand are simple and made of locally grown ingredients. The cuisines don’t have complex spices. The two regions in Uttarakhand have different cuisines, so there are Garhwali Cuisines and Kumaoni Cuisines. Some popular cuisines in Uttarakhand are:
Gahat (Kulath) Soup
Stuffed Gahat Chapatis
Rasmi Badi (Kofta)
Bhangjeera ki Chatni
Aloo Ke Gutke
Urad Ke Pakore (Wada)
We are talking about Uttarakhand because this month in Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Uttarakhand cuisine.
Shhhhh Cooking Secretly a group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen.
This month my partner is lovely Aruna SarasChandra who blog at Vasusvegkitchen.
Do visit her space for different types of mouthwatering recipes. I love her podi or masala powder recipes along with other vegetarian recipes. She has a vast collection of spice powder recipes. I have bookmarked her milaga podi recipe to try.
Aruna gave me turmeric powder and cumin seeds and I made this delicious aloo ke gutke with these ingredients. I gave her asafoetida and ginger. She made tasty Phaanu with these ingredients.
I have tasted this aloo ke gutke first time in road side stalls of Uttarakhand. Loved the taste and now I make it so often. Usually jakhya is used in tempering with cumin seeds. But I made it without jakhya.
Jakhya is the seed of the Cleome viscosa plant used for tempering on culinary dishes. It is mostly grown and consumed in Uttarakhand and in the Terai regions of India and Nepal. The seeds are dark brown in color, and crackles on being heated in oil. It is used in the Garhwali and Kumaoni styles of cuisines.
If you have jakhya add 1/2 teaspoon with cumin seeds in tempering. I don’t have it so skipped. You can also make it without jakhya. I usually don’t use jakhya and the potatoes are equally delicious without it. But if you have it, use it in tempering.
Potato – 4 medium, boiled
Cumin seeds or jeera – 1/2 teaspoon
Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon
Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon
Dry red chilli – 2
Cumin or jeera powder – 1 teaspoon
Coriander or dhania powder – 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste
Turmeric or haldi powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Cilantro or coriander leaves to garnish
1. Peel the potatoes and cut into cubes.
2. In a bowl mix cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and 2 tablespoon water. Stir and keep aside.
3. Heat mustard oil in a pan.
Add cumin seeds, dry red chilli and hing or asafoetida.
4. When the seeds starts to splutter add the water mixed spices. Stir for a few seconds.
5. Add cubed potatoes and salt. Mix well.
6. Reduce the heat. Cook on low heat till potatoes coated well with spices and becomes light brown. Keep stirring.
7. Remove from heat. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve as a side dish with dal chawal, roti, paratha, puri or serve hot as a starter.
Use red chilli powder according to your taste.
Here are some more recipes from Uttarakhand cuisine from my fellow bloggers.
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I would love to see your creations.