Aloo Bharta is an easy side dish to prepare which is vegan & gluten-free. This spiced mashed potatoes is cooked Pakistani style & tastes delicious. Serve with bread/roti.
Bringing for you a dish from my neighborhood country - Pakistan. I have always wanted to try out some dishes from this country because their cuisine intrigues me. While it has some similarities to Indian cuisine, it's also known for its distinct flavors especially in non vegetarian food. Some time back, I had tried Jhajhariya/Sweetcorn Pudding which I had believed was part of this cuisine and it later turned out that this recipe had its roots in Rajasthan, India. Similarly, Aloo Bharta while is significant in Pakistani cuisine, it's also widely made in North of India. However, I have referred a couple of Pakistani recipes and tried to create my own version of this wonderful dish.
Mashed Potatoes is one dish that is loved by all. While we all have made the basic recipe and given it little variations, here and there, this recipe will blow your mind. Besides being super easy, it gives mashed potatoes a whole new flavor. Traditionally, Mashed Potatoes is ideally served as a side and it is mainly prepared as accompaniment that has a blend of herbs and potatoes. The beauty of this Pakistani version is way better because you can also use it as a main course and serve it with bread or roti. It's mildly spiced, creamy and buttery, making it truly a lip smacking dish, At-least I will not be making any other version of mashed potatoes henceforth. I am so settled with this now.
To prepare this dish, boil the potatoes with salt and turmeric powder. Once its cool down, peel and mash them. In a mixing bowl, add yogurt, chilly powder and salt. Whisk it together. Heat butter in a pan and fry the sliced onions till they turn translucent. Lower the flame, then add the yogurt mixture and mix it quickly. Ensure that the yogurt doesn't curdle. Add the mashed potatoes and mix it together. Take it off the flame.
Sprinkle chopped cilantro. Aloo Bharta is best served warm with toasted bread/roti. Bonus tip - To give it a more robust and earthy flavor, roast the potatoes and mash them. This dish is vegan and gluten-free. Can also serve as a side to any holiday main course meal.
This is one of the most simplest and quickest meal I have made for myself. Ideal dish to make when you have nothing to cook, bored to cook anything elaborate, have limited ingredients or when you feel like eating anything delicious. My reason was - I got so busy with my blog work that I forgot to make lunch and at lunch time, I was starving with nothing to eat. This dish came to my rescue. I quickly boiled the potatoes and got on with my sumptuous lunch.
Pakistani Aloo Bharta (Spiced Mashed Potatoes)
- 3-4 boiled potatoes
- 2 cups yogurt
- 2-3 tbsp chilly powder
- Salt as required
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 large onion sliced
- To prepare this dish, boil the potatoes with salt and turmeric powder. Once its cool down, peel and mash them. In a mixing bowl, add yogurt, chilly powder and salt. Whisk it together. Heat butter in a pan and fry the sliced onions till they turn translucent. Lower the flame, then add the yogurt mixture and mix it quickly. Ensure that the yogurt doesn't curdle. Add the mashed potatoes and mix it together. Take it off the flame. Sprinkle chopped cilantro and serve warm.
Let me tell you that eating a potato will not make you fat. Yes, This high carb vegetable is a surprising source of vitamin C as well and it provides useful amounts of starch, thiamine and niacin and around a hundred grams will provide about eighty calories. Some other interesting recipes using potatoes are Simple Potato Fenugreek Curry/Aloo Methi, Potato Dosa, Baked Parmesan Garlic Potato Fingers and Baked Hash Browns with Potato, Butter & Parmesan. Potato being one of the most versatile vegetable, it can be added to any dish to elevate the flavor. And coming back to this particular recipe, you will be licking it off the spoon like I did! It's so delicious. 🙂