Potato curry prepared in a tomato base, without onion, garlic and much spices; sing sedha namak or salt for fasting is aloo ki sabji for fasts. It is mildly spiced yet totally delicious. Fasting norms differ for everyone. Some ingredients may be consumed by one, but may not be consumed by someone else. For instance, my mother doesn’t eat tomatoes during fasts. She was surprised to see me posting a recipe for fast with tomatoes in it. But then I told her that the aloo ki sabji without tomatoes is there on the blog. So I wanted to post a variation for those who consume tomatoes during fasts.
Aloo is such a crowd-pleaser. Potato recipes are for everyone and every occasion. Aloo is used in so many recipes. Be it snacks such as aloo chaat or aloo tikki, bread such as aloo puri, gravies as aloo matar, aloo tamatar, or side dishes such as aloo gobhi, aloo methi, etc. Especially during fasts, aloo is used in so many ways. One of which is this aloo tamatar ki sabji. Here is all you need for this.
Potatoes/Aloo: Generally boiled potatoes are used to make aloo ki sabji. However, in this recipe, the chopped potatoes have been cooked in tomatoes with spices in a pressure cooker.
Tomatoes: The Less tangy variety of tomatoes have been used for this recipe. Further, I have used tomatoes in both forms, i.e. 2 tomatoes have been pureed and 1 has been chopped and used.
Spices: Not many, just a handful of most regular spices have been used i.e. red chilli powder, turmeric powder, and the fasting salt.
Flavors: I have added green chilies to flavor the dish. You can also add in ginger if you eat ginger during fasts.
Potato recipes are our favorite too. If you like dum aloo, you might like Kashmiri Dum Aloo, Punjabi Dum Aloo, and the regular dum aloo. Likewise, there are a number of potato curry recipes of which Mathura ke Dubki Wale aloo deserve a mention here.
I prepared it for Janamashtami fast and serve with kuttu ka cheela.
1.This recipe serves 3-4 persons.
2.In a pressure cooker heat 1 and ½ tbsp oil. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera). Let it splutter well.
3.Next add 2 pureed tomatoes, 1 chopped tomato, and 1 chopped green chili. Cook till the oil oozes.
4.Next add the spices, i.e. 1 tsp of red chili powder, ½ tsp of turmeric powder and salt to taste. Use fasting salt. Cook for a minute.
5.Next add 3 chopped potatoes.
6.Add 1 and ½ cup of water.
7.Pressure cook on high flame till the first whistle. Thereafter cook on low flame for 2-3 minutes or till the potatoes are done. Check and adjust the seasoning and consistency.
8.Serve hot. Bon appétit!
PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME 20 minutes
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