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Tilwale Aloo | Yummy potato stir fry with sesame seeds

One can’t really go wrong with Potato right ? Wrong. I was flummoxed a few months ago when kiddo stopped eating this vegetable altogether – apart from French Fries (obviously), she didn’t like potato in any form : CutletTikki or Soup etc. She complained of a strange smell of cooked potato, and I was at wits end trying to figure out a substitute, which came in the form of Sweet Potato that I used for ChaatCroquettes/ Baked Samosa / stir fry etc. She quite liked the taste (and smell) of the new vegetable , and left went on sans Potatoes for the little one, till about a week ago, the H and me happened to have this Tilwale Aloo for lunch.

She gingerly tried it, and a thousand smiles returned to her face as she quite liked it ! I did a small jig as my prayers has been answered (we moms are sooo scheming, aren’t we ?) . But she wanted Aloo (or potato) curry in this form only – nothing else would do, and I was one eager mom trying to please her no end.

So, here it goes : a simple flavoursome potato stir fry that would tickle your palates as well as is light on your tummy while being a kid pleaser too (adults needn’t be pestered to eat Potato, right ? :))

Sending this toBM # 18 under “Dry Sautes” – Day 3. The last two days saw me dishing out Mixed Veg Stir fries and Carrot-Moong Dal Stir fry. Stay tuned for new dishes under a different theme next week on BM # 18. 

Also linking this to: my event –Kitchen Chronicles : Only Vegan hosted by Vardhini and Indrani’sSpotlight : Curries / Gravies



Prep time – 10 mins

Cook time – 15 mins

Serves –  3

Difficulty level – Easy

Serving Suggestions : Rasam Rice or Curd rice or even as filling for sandwiches / wraps n rolls with chapattis



  • Potato – 5 to 6 medium nos
  • Oil – 1 to 1.5 tsp
  • Besan / Gram flour – 1 TBSP
  • Salt – to taste
  • Roasted sesame seeds – 1 TBSP
  • Tamarind Pulp – ½ TBSP
  • Red Chilli powder – ½ TBSP
  • Turmeric – ¼ tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing – a generous pinch
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Kasuri Methi – ½ TBSP – crushed lightly



1) Wash, scrub and dice potatoes to medium sized bits. I like to keep the skin on as it has many nutrients. Store in slightly warm salted water for 3 -4 mins till you finish chopping the potatoes.

2) Mix Besan, red chilli powder, turmeric & hing in a small bowl.

3) Heat oil. Splutter mustard seeds & curry leaves. Add the chopped and drained potatoes to the oil. Add salt, sprinkle some water and cook covered for 8 – 10 mins till done, but not mushy.

4) Now, add the dry spice mixture (besan + chilli powder + turmeric + hing) and give it a nice toss so the masala spreads to all the veggies

5) Now tip in the tamarind paste and toss for 2 – 3 more mins and leave the pan on medium flame till a slight crust begins to form beneath the potatoes.

6) To finish, switch off the flame and just before serving, add the roasted sesame seeds. Toss it once last time. Finish with Kasuri Methi.

7) Serve with Dal – Rice or Roti




  1. Ms.Chitchat

    Wow,very innovative, loved the idea of adding til.

  2. virunthu unna vaanga
  3. Looks very flavourful…

  4. MySpicyKitchen

    Potato stir fry does look yummy!

  5. A Kamalika Krishmy

    I love the flavour of sesame..

  6. preeti garg

    Awesome Stir fry…..

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  8. very innovative and colorful. u r right mothers have to keep doing so kids eat the food

  9. Priya Suresh

    Fantastic potato stir fry, actually i wanted to try this kind of sesame and potato combo in stir fry, now wont hesitate to make some after seeing urs.

  10. I just love potatoes..Nice variation….

  11. Sangeetha Nambi

    Aromatic dish… Yum !!!


  12. Yummy my fav aloo….Love it in any variation

  13. Simple and inviting curry.

    Event: Kid's Delight
    Event: Only Vegan
    Event: Zucchini

  14. Perfect combination with roties love that beautiful wight thill seeds on top of each piece

  15. That's really very nice..I have never added til to aloo..good one..I can understand how tough it must be when kids stop eating something they always do..

  16. Spice up the Curry

    wow… nice addition of sesame for crunch

  17. Meg's Delicious Adventures

    Hi, submitted some of my entries to your event. you have a fab blog.

    visit me at Meg's Delicious Adventures

  18. Chef Mireille

    what a yummy looking potato dish

  19. The Pumpkin Farm

    what a appetizing photo

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