This spicy Aloo Masala is made with a creamy paste of roasted onions and other masalas to make this a rich and spicy side dish to be served with mild Pulaos.
When I had made the Biryani/ Pulao / Khichdi Festival, I had some mild Pulaos on the list that had to be paired with gravies. While you hardly need a gravy as a side dish for spicy biryanis, you certainly need one when you are showcasing milder pulaos. So I resorted to aloo gravies as I knew Hubby dear will love aloo dishes.
While one can practically make Aloo in so many ways, I thought as this spicy gravy the aloos surely made it taste awesome! We are doing BM#101, Week 1, where I am sharing 1 Ingredient, 3 dishes. Guess Potato was an obvious choice!
Spicy Aloo Masala ~ Side dish for Pulao
2 tbsp Cooking Oil
1 no Cardamom Crushed
2 to 3 Cloves
4 to 5 Peppercorns
1 cup Onion
2 nos Green Chillies
1 tsp Coriander powder
A Pinch Turmeric Powder
2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
Salt To taste
1/2 cup Curds / Yogurt
2 to 3 Potatoes Peeled and cut into large chunks
Handful Coriander Leaves
1/4 cup Browned Onions
1 inch Ginger
10 cloves Garlic
1/2 cup Tomatoes Chopped
How to make the Spicy Aloo Masala
For the Masala Paste
Deep fry the onion juliennes and once it’s cooled down, blend it to a smooth paste along with ginger, garlic, and tomatoes.
Keep it aside.
For the Aloo Gravy
Peel the potatoes and cube it. Deep fry all the cubes till done on all sides, keep it aside.
Heat oil in a nonstick pan, add black cardamom, cloves and black peppercorns in the oil and fry for a few seconds.
Next add sliced onion, green chilies and fry till translucent.
Once done, add the masala paste and cook for 2-3 minutes on high flame.
Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, garam masala powder, and salt and cook until oil starts to separate from sides.
Whisk the curds well and add it in the pan. Add a cup of water and fried potatoes.
Cover the lid of the pan and cook until the potato is done.
Garnish with fresh coriander.
Serve hot with Bengali Mishti Pulao or Roti