My quick aloo pyaz sabzi recipe never fails! It’s pretty much a dump and cook kinda recipe and I’m showing you three simple variations for it – original aloo pyaz, aloo capsicum and aloo palak.
Hey there! Lately, we’ve been running a series called ‘MFS Back to Basics‘ where we are covering super simple recipes that are perfect for those who don’t cook very often. And after how to make soft rotis, how to make amazing dal fry, three simple mug recipes, I have for you today a super quick aloo pyaz sabzi or I like to call it the Bachelor Potato Fry.
This recipe can be used as a base for any sabzi or Indian vegetable you’d like to make. A lot of Indian stir fries start like this. This recipe doesn’t have any garlic or ginger; neither does it have a long list of ingredients. But trust me when I say that its full of flavour.
Prepping Potatoes and Onions
The most time consuming part in this recipe is prepping the potatoes and onions and here are a few tips. Firstly, for this dish to cook fast, its important that you cut your veggies into small pieces or thin slices. This will help it cook fast and that’s how this dish is cooked in about 20 minutes. I like to slice them by hand, but a really fast way is to slice your potatoes and onions with a mandoline into 1/6th inch slices. My mandoline has a setting where I can adjust how thick or thin I want the slices to be, and it makes really fast work of the prepping process
The spices are important here because they add all the flavour. I’ve used cumin seeds, turmeric, coriander powder, chilli powder and amchoor (raw mango powder). Now I understand that amchoor may be a little hard to find, so you can skip it, but it does add a nice tang. If you don’t have these spices you can use a generic curry powder. Do not confuse curry powder with garam masala, which is way more potent, and only garam masala in this recipe will just taste bad. In fact I prefer not to use any garam masala in this recipe, because that flavour is too strong.
Two variations: Aloo Capsicum and Aloo Palak
I’ve also included two simple variations in the recipe video – for aloo capsicum and aloo palak which can be easily done when using this recipe as a base. You can also add methi (fresh fenugreek leaves) to make aloo methi. Or add cauliflower right in the beginning with potatoes to make aloo gobi. However, with aloo gobi, I’d recommend adding a few more ingredients, and you can follow my recipe for aloo gobi that I already have on the website.
For Aloo Capsicum: For aloo capsicum, about 15 minutes into the cooking process (when the potato is 90% cooked), add thinly sliced capsicum to the pan along with 1/4th teaspoon salt, and a tablespoon of water. Mix and let this cook for 5 minutes or till the capsicum is tender but not mushy.
For Aloo Palak: For aloo palak, about 15 minutes into the cooking process (when the potato is 90% cooked), add roughly chopped spinach to the pan along with a pinch of salt. Mix and let this cook for 3-4 minutes till the spinach wilts.
And that’s really how simple all three recipes are. Watch the video below and you’ll see how easy this is. And remember to experiment a little bit, add what you have in the fridge, play around with the flavours you like to make this your own.
Serve Aloo Pyaz Sabzi with
Watch How to make Aloo Pyaaz Sabzi Recipe Video
Quick Aloo Pyaz Sabzi (Potato Fry)
- 2 tablespoons Oil
- 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds Jeera
- 1 tablespoon Coriander Powder
- 1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder Paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 1 teaspoon Amchoor Powder (Raw Mango Powder)
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 4 Potatoes medium (sliced into 1/6th inch slices)
- 3 Onions medium (sliced into 1/6th inch slices)
- In a large wok or kadhai, heat oil and add cumin seeds. Once they start to splutter, add coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric, amchoor and salt. Cook for 10 seconds and add the sliced potatoes with two tablespoons water.
- Mix well and cover and let this cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, add the sliced onions, mix well and cover and cook on slow for approx 15 minutes or till the potatoes are cooked through. Stir once or twice in between to keep it from sticking to the bottom. Check if the potatoes are done, or cook for a few more minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning and serve hot.
- Veg Prep: You can either slice the potatoes and onions thinly or cut them into small pieces (approx 1/2 inch). The larger the cut, the longer it'll take to cook. A small dice will cook even faster.
- Spices: If you don't have some of these spices, feel free to substitute with a generic curry powder. Do not use garam masala as a substitute, which has a much stronger flavour
- The cooking time can vary slightly based on the size of potatoes and the quantity.