Gluten-Free Vegetarian Indian Recipes: Jeera Aloo Potato with Cumin Recipe and Indian Spinach Dip Recipe

In July I wrote about the joys of the North Indian dish, Aloo Jeera, or potatoes with Cumin. I posted one of my first attempts at a Aloo Jeera Recipe. I enjoyed the dish, but still I wanted to experiment more. My friend Archana’s Mom lives in Bangalore and is legendary for being a fantastic cook. I asked Archana if she had a good recipe for Aloo Jeera, and she passed on her Mom’s instructions. There weren’t any proportions for the spices, so I played with the amounts and fiddled with it a bit for out taste. The first time I took off the lid of the pan, the smell that wafted out took me straight back to our hotel in Bangalore and their fabulous Aloo Jeera. It was the one thing I wanted no matter how bad the traveler’s sickness got- it soothed with the creamy potatoes and beguiled with the rich oil and I just couldn’t get enough with tasty white long-grained Indian rice. When I tasted the recipe freshly made, I knew this home cooked version was a winner that would transport me back to our delicious time in India any time I wanted. In a way, even though I can’t have dinner at Archana’s Mom’s house, I almost feel like I did… and that’s pretty cool. If you can’t visit India anytime soon but wish you could… or if Indian restaurants aren’t working for you and your gluten-free diet- try this recipe. I think you’ll be very glad you did.

Oh- the spinach dip was supposed to be made with yogurt, but it turned out our yogurt had a little more “life” than I was hoping for. Instead I tried making it with sour cream and loved it so much I can’t imagine it any other way. It tastes great with the potatoes and rice and even the spinach-hating DH ate it without complaint. I added some fresh, salted, sliced tomatoes- this meal made me so very happy.

Dal Pakora and Cilantro Chutney
Madras Style Green Beans
Wholegrain Gluten-Free Indian Flatbread Recipe
Baked Gluten-Free Samosa Recipe- vegan and Chebe versions

Archana’s Mom’s Jeera Aloo Cumin Potato Recipe
5 or 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
3 tbsp. peanut oil or favorite oil
1 whole minced onion
1 tbsp peeled and microplane grated fresh ginger
1 tsp black mustard
2 tbsp. jeera (whole cumin seeds), separated into 1 1/3 tbsp. and 2 tsp.
3 fresh kari/curry leaves
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp. turmeric
generous sprinkling of salt
Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a nonstick or cast iron pan on medium heat. Add your minced onion and grated ginger and let begin to cook and turn translucent. Then move onion and ginger away from the center of the pan and add one more tablespoon to the center of the pan. When the oil is hot, add your mustard and 1 1/3 tbsp. jeera, letting it begin to pop. (Reserve the additional 2 tsp. of cumin seeds). Add the kari leaves, coriander and turmeric and mix into the mustard and jeera. As it heats, combine with the onion and ginger. Toss in the cubed potatoes and fold in the spices. Let brown for a few minutes. Then add a small amount of water to the pan and cover. Let cook for ten minutes or so and then take off lid, turning over potatoes to brown other side. Add a little more water. Cook for 10 more minutes or until potatoes are cooked through. Then take off lid and make another small space in the center of the pan. Add another tbsp of oil to the center and add your extra 2 tsp. cumin seeds. Let them brown and start to pop and then spread them out on the bottom of the pan beneath the potato mixture. Let potatoes get brown and crispier for another two minutes, and then turn them one more time and let them get crispy on the other side. Serve with your favorite rice, an Indian style salad (salted fresh veggies with fresh lime wedges), and a refreshing raita.
Tia’s Indian Spinach Sour Cream Raita Recipe
Huge handful or two of fresh spinach
1/2 cup lowfat or nonfat sour cream (I like Daisy’s)
1 tsp toasted cumin seeds
sprinkle of paprika or chili powder
sprinkling of salt (optional)
Cook fresh spinach in microwave with a splash of water until cooked. Remove, drain and chop. Combine in a small bowl with the sour cream and freshly toasted cumin seeds, along with a sprinkle of paprika. Fold together and serve immediately.

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9 Responses to “Gluten-Free Vegetarian Indian Recipes: Jeera Aloo Potato with Cumin Recipe and Indian Spinach Dip Recipe”

  1. OOooo, this looks delish. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. I love indian food. No, really, I love indian food. I grew up eating it. While we did eat at indian restaurants sometimes, my dad was amazing at making indian food. Unfortunately, I now know that I am allergic to chili peppers. But your recipe for Jeera Aloo Potato is something that I could have. I am so excited. I will let you know how it is when I make it! which will probably be soon, because my husband just bought 4 pounds of organic potatoes because they were on sale :)

  3. I love this dish! We made it tonight for some family that is in from out of town. I am definitely going to be making it again. I had some organic pineapple chutney to serve along side it, but guess what? I forgot until the meal was over! :(

    Would you mind if I post my pictures of it on my blog, with a link to you?

  4. Hi Heather, I’m so glad the recipe turned out well for you. I would be delighted if you posted your pictures of it on your blog. Did I understand correctly that it would just be the link to the recipe and not the recipe itself? By the way, if you’d be interested, I was thinking about starting the next edition of Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger. The post you have planned would make an easy adoption post. Just an idea. :) I’ll be doing the announcement soon. Have a great day and thanks for telling me how the recipe went!


  5. Yes I was going to leave a link to your post for the recipe. This would work well for the adopt a gf blogger! I would love to use it for that :)

  6. This recipe is a great side dish – I posted about it today but as I am incapable of just following the recipe, what I did is an adaption – I have linked back to this recipe as the more authentic version – hope you don’t mind!

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