Panchporan Aloo (Indian Spiced Potatoes)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a Nigella Lawson recipe that I tweaked with the spices I had in my spice rack. It is delicious with a poached or fried egg. My cooking method may not be the traditional Indian way, but the result is delicious nonetheless.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick pan with the crushed garlic clove, sauté until the clove is lightly browned and then discard the garlic.
  2. Add the potato and turn it around in the garlic oil until well coated. Put the lid on the pan and let the potatoes brown for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally .
  3. Once the potatoes are browned, add 1/4 of water (enough so that the water comes half way up the potato cubes) put the lid on and let this steam for another 5-10 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  4. While this is happening, prepare the egg. If you want a poached egg, place 1 cup of water, the vinegar and a dash of salt in a saucepan, let this come to a simmer and cook the egg until it is done, but still runny, about 2-3 minutes. OR -- fry the egg in oil.
  5. When the potatoes are fork tender, drain off any excess liquid to prevent the potatoes from getting mushy (you want them to retain their shape).
  6. Add the remaining 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil, (depending on how dry the pan is) and the spices: the curry powder, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, coriander and sauté for about 2-3 minutes, until all the flavors have mingled.
  7. Lastly, add the chopped tomato and a pinch of salt. Sauté this until the tomato has warmed through.
  8. Serve in a bowl, topped with the egg and a sprinkling of cilantro.
  9. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

Very good and spicy. I used 3X the potatoes and probably tripled the spices altho I used the pinch/dab method so I can't swear to that. I skipped curry and added a morrocan blend as a matter of preference. Served with diced ham and eggs. Very tasty and easy to do. Thanks!

Ma Field May 20, 2008

This was a tasty lunch. I fried the hashbrowns for as long as the recipe stated, but they were a bit mushy, so next time I'll shorten the cooking time a little. I was afraid the potatoes would be too hot, but the egg yolk and tomato toned it down to a nice spice level (especially since I forgot to seed the tomato!).

Kamark March 26, 2008

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