Navratri is starting next week and families will start eating foods without garlic and onions. During these times, Jeera Aloo or Vrat Ke Aloo is being served since it does not contain either of these two ingredients. This Indian dish is prepared from potatoes and is being enjoyed during Navratri, Mahashivratri and other Indian Festivals. Since regular salt is being avoided during the fasting period, be informed that Jeera Aloo is seasoned with Sendha Namak or Vrat salt.
- 3 pcs. Medium Potatoes, boiled and cubed
- ¼ – ½ tsp. Haldi or Turmeric Powder (optional)
- ½ tsp. Rai or Mustard Seeds (optional)
- ½ – 1 tsp. Coriander Seeds, coarsely pounded
- ½ – 1 tsp. Cumin Seeds, roasted
- ¼ – ½ tsp. Red Chili Powder or Crushed Red Chili Flakes
- ½ tbsp. Cilantro leaves, chopped
- 1 tbsp. Cooking Oil
- Sendha Namak to taste
- Peel and cube the boiled medium potatoes.
- Heat oil in a pan; add cubed potatoes and all the spices one at a time. Add Sendha Namak instead of salt since regular salt is forbidden during the fasting period.
- Add chopped cilantro leaves in Jeera Aloo and mix well before serving.
As an addition, you can serve this either with vrat ki puri and vrat ki chutney or even with Sabudana Tikki and Sabudana Khichdi. Keep in mind, though that you can just use Haldi, Rai and Amchur Masala if you’re eating these three even during Vrat. Just follow your Family Vrat Guidelines and cook the Jeera Aloo according to those.