Heavenly preparation using potatoes and onions, both white onions and red onions, cooked in a scrumptious curry, packed with flavors, is Jaipuri Aloo Pyaaz ki Sabzi. It is a rich potato curry from the state of Rajasthan wherein fried potatoes are cooked with onions in an onion, tomato and yogurt-based gravy. This is my husband’s recipe and no bias here, it is the best! It is not very hot, but it is too flavorful and the best part is all the flavors are so perfectly balanced. Generally, aloo pyaaz ki sabzi is served with tikkad which is a thick flatbread made using coarse whole wheat flour. My husband serves it with bejar ki roti. Bejar is a multi-grain flour made by combining whole wheat flour, gram flour, and barley flour. It is lighter than tikkads and is, therefore, teams up very well with the Jaipuri aloo pyaaz ki sabzi.
Potatoes: Potato recipes are everyone’s favorite. Baked potato or potato snacks are absolute crowd-pleasers. Likewise, this Indian potato recipe is also a winner. Fried potatoes are used for this recipe. Therefore, I like to use baby potatoes. You can quarter the regular potatoes and use it.
Onions: Uses of onions are more in this recipe and therefore we have used both the varieties of onions, white onions as well as red onions. Smaller white onions have been used as the main ingredient. If you can’t find the smaller ones, just quarter the regular white onions. For the curry, I have used red onions.
Ginger, garlic, green chilies: This trio plays an important role in this sabzi recipe.
Spices: Few whole spices along with a handful of regular powdered spices have been used.
Tomatoes and yogurt: The gravy is prepared with onions and the above trio along with tomatoes and yogurt.
Ghee / Clarified Butter: Generally heavy cream is added in this sabzi recipe. However here ghee has been used to prepare the curry and it beautifully imparts its aroma into the sabzi. Therefore, heavy cream/ malai has not been used.
Serve it with bejar ki roti, chach, and onion salad.
1.This recipe serves 5-7 persons.
2.Heat oil for frying in a cooking pan or kadai. Add peeled and washed baby potatoes. There is no need of making cuts or poking the potatoes. If you don’t have baby potatoes, use regular ones. Peel them and cut into halves or quarters, depending upon their size.
3.Fry the potatoes on high flame till they are golden brown. We do not plan to cook them completely at this stage. These will be cooked in the gravy.
4.Next fry ¼ cup cubes of jamikand. Fry on high flame till golden brown.
5.Next goes in 50 g of paneer cut into cubes. Fried till golden brown. Keep aside all the fried vegetables.
6.In a grinder jar add 10-12 garlic cloves, 2 chopped green chilies and 1-inch ginger piece.
7.Add little water and make a smooth paste. Keep aside for now.
8.In a grinder jar add 2 chopped tomatoes and ¾ cup yogurt.
9.Grind together. Keep aside.
10.Heat ½ cup melted ghee. Please do not cut down the quantity of ghee.
11.Next goes in the whole spices i.e. 2 bay leaves (tejpatta), 4-5 cloves (laung), 10-12 black peppercorns (sabut kali mirch) and 1-inch cinnamon stick (dalchini). Cook for a minute or so, on a low flame, till absolutely aromatic. P.S. The quantity of the ingredients in the step by step pictures is more than as mentioned because we had doubled the recipe while taking the pictures.
12.Next goes in 2 and ½ sliced onions.
13.At this stage also add in the salt to taste.
14.Let the onions cook till pinkish.
15.Now add in the ginger, chili, garlic paste. Cook for a couple of minutes or till the raw smell goes.
16.Add in 5-6 green cardamoms (choti elaichi).
17.Also add 1 tsp of whole coriander seeds (sabut dhaniya).
18.Let it cook for 2 minutes.
19.Next goes in the powdered spices. Add ½ tsp turmeric powder, 1 and ½ tsp red chilli powder, ½ tsp garam masala powder and 3 tsp coriander powder.
20.Cook for 2-3 minutes.
21.Add tomato yogurt puree to the onions.
22.Cook on low to medium flame till the ghee oozes. This will take 15-20 minutes.
23.Add in all the fried veggies to the curry.
24.Cook on low flame till the potatoes are cooked. To check insert a toothpick and see.
25.Next goes in 12-15 baby onions. Cook for 4-5 minutes.
26. Add water as much required.
27.Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes. Check and adjust the seasoning and consistency.
28.Serve hot. Bon appétit!
PREP TIME 30 minutes
COOK TIME 60 minutes
TOTAL TIME 90 minutes
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