Simple Dry Potato Fry ( Alugadde palya/ Aloo Sabji)

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Don’t we all have few of those recipes in our repertoire? Simple yet flavorful, easy yet delicious, cool ingredients yet adds warmth to our hearts and most important of all takes us back through our memory lane and reminds us of our old comforting times. And then, when the food is brought to the dinner table, all you hear is: Silence and then “Mmmmm”. No groaning or whining from young and old alike and you mentally make note of this as a “Comfort-approved” food. 

I learnt this from my husband who in turn had watched his Ammamma (maternal grandmother) in South Kanara. She would prepare this with so much care and affection, the warmth that only grandmother’s can have. She would cut the potatoes into long strips as they would cook easily. As a young boy, the shape would appeal to my husband and it would be easy to pick up the potato and put it in his mouth.

This is my contribution to Monthly Mingle: Comfort Foods an event hosted by the wonderful and talented Meeta at What’s For Lunch Honey?


  • 2 large potatoes (cut into long strips)

  • 1 small onion (diced)

  • 2 pods garlic

  • Mustard

  • Jeera

  • Red Chilli powder

  • Curry leaves

  • Turmeric

  • Oil

  • Salt to taste


  • Take a heavy bottom pan; add about 2 Tbsps of oil. Add mustard, curry leaves and jeera.

  • Add crushed garlic followed by diced onions and fry until onions turn transparent.

  • Now add salt, turmeric and chilli powder. Mix well and add the cut potatoes.

  • Stir well, so that all the mixture coats over the potatoes. Add little oil in intervals if the mixture turns dry and mix well.

  •  Alternately sprinkle little water over the potato mixture and mix thoroughly. After a while test to see if the potatoes are cooked. Once cooked the curry is done.

 This tastes good with Rotis, Phulks, Puri or Rice.

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  1. Seema says:

    Thats a simple & yum yum one.. I would love that with rice & dhal! Perfect Comfy food you got – Potatos – all time favourite for many!!

  2. Meera says:

    I love this french fries style potato stir fry. It’s made little different at my home without garlic/onion. and is called “Talasani”, I love it with dalitauy and rice. Yum!! Comfort food indeed!! Thanks for sharing. I will try your version sometime soon.

  3. shriya says:

    Just followed you to your blog after your comment in mine. I love the look and feel of your blog. I’ve never tried potato fries with potatoes cut like french fries. That picture is awesome and I love the colors.

  4. Krissie&Beth says:

    these are my love (L).
    i sleep with one every night.
    they stop me getting cramp at night.
    i also carry one round in my school bag.
    you never no what situation you may need one in.
    did you no that today is national potato day.
    i belive that we should have a day off school for this amazing event.
    i think this day is almost bigger than jesus christs birth.
    if i ever run out of potatoes like the irish did i would die.
    of to do more research on potatoes,

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