Pahari Aloo, Potato salad from Kumaon hills of Himalaya

Pahari alu recipe from Kumaon Himalaya kitchen

Ingredients for making Pahari Aloo:

  • Boiled potatoes: 500gm
  • Green chilly: 2, slit lengthwise
  • White sesame seeds: 50gm, washed and toasted lightly
  • Mustard oil: 2 tsp
  • Fenugreek/methi seeds: 1/2 tsp
  • Lime juice/Tamarind pulp: 2 tbs
  • Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Chilly Powder: to taste/optional
  • Thyme leaves: a few, optional

Method for making Pahari Aloo:

  1. Dice the boiled potatoes, and leave aside in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Grind sesame seeds and add to the potatoes. Add salt and chilly powder to taste.
  3. Add lime juice/tamarind pulp, and mix well.
  4. In a wok/kadhai, heat the mustard oil. Add methi and let it turn a shade darker. Now add turmeric and green chilly. Take off the fire immediately.
  5. Add the oil mixture to the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Optional: garnish with thyme or green coriander.

By itself, this potato salad is great for a snack. It makes a filling side dish for a summer lunch too. I love to have it by itself :-)

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