Potato Bhaji Recipe

By | December 21, 2015

I’m posting another recipe for “Operation Learn to Cook Like Mom.” Flavorful, vegetarian and cheap Indian food. ‘Nuf said.

Today’s dish is the potato recipe that my family eats with Kadhi.

Serves 4


IMG_20151202_1717243 medium-sized potatoes

2 medium-sized onions

2 chilies (or to taste)

one sprig of curry leaves


salt to taste

1/4 tsp of turmeric

1/4 tsp of mustard seeds

1/4 tsp of cumin seeds

1/2 tsp of chili powder (or to taste)

3 tbsp oil (1 tbsp per potato)

A couple of sprigs of cilantro (not pictured, sorry)


  1. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. If you cut them in half widthwise, they don’t cook as evenly.
  2. Submerge the three medium-sized potatoes in water in a large pot.
  3. Boil the water on the stove.
  4. When you can easily poke fork tines through the potatoes, they are done.
  5. It should take about 12 minutes or so.
  6. Drain the water from the cooked potatoes and let cool.
  7. Dice the onions and the chili pepper finely.
  8. Pour oil in a pan on medium heat.
  9. Add the mustard seeds to the oil.
  10. Let the mustard seeds cook until you hear them “pop.”
  11. Add the cumin seeds to the oil.
  12. Let cook for a minute.
  13. Add the diced onions, chilies and curry leaves to the oil.
  14. Let cook until the onions are translucent.
  15. Add the salt, chili powder and turmeric to the pan.
  16. Let cook for a minute.
  17. Peel and dice the cooked potatoes.
  18. Add the potatoes and the cilantro to the pan.
  19. Stir well.
  20. Let cook for a few minutes while stirring occasionally.
  21. Enjoy with kadhi and basmati rice.
  22. And thecha on the side if you’re so inclined.
You say potato. I say potatoe.

You say potato. I say potatoe.

Price: $1.27

If anything, I’m exaggerating on the prices (especially the spices) below. Ethnic grocery stores, people! It’s the wave of the future.

  • 3 medium-sized potatoes – $0.35
  • 2 medium-sized onions – $0.20
  • 2 chilies – $0.37
  • one sprig of curry leaves – $0.05*
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric – $0.01
  • 1/4 tsp of mustard seeds – $0.01
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds – $0.01
  • 1/2 tsp of chili powder (or to taste) – $0.01
  • salt to taste – $0.01
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil – $0.25

*As an example of the wonder of the ethnic store: In the kadhi recipe I posted, I listed the curry leaves as $0.40. I got that price from Amazon.com. The price listed here is from the ethnic grocery store. Although the actual curry leaves I actually used were from my mother’s curry plants and cost less than a penny.

As I mentioned above, we usually eat this with kadhi and basmatic rice. A meal for a family of four: $1.27+$1.00 + $0.75 (1 cup of Basmati rice) = $3.02

Acceptable deviations

  1. You can ditch the cilantro
  2. You can use different kinds of potatoes.

5 thoughts on “Potato Bhaji Recipe

  1. AnnW

    So you can grow a curry plant? I thought curry was a blend of spices. Can you buy curry plants in the US?

    1. Thriftygal Post author

      When people use the word “curry” to describe a spice, they are actually referring to a blend of different spices. The specific blend varies widely and can be different in each family.

      A curry plant (also called Murraya koenigii) can absolutely be bought in the US.

  2. Cam

    Just made this last night, and it was delicious. Thanks! Look forward to trying out the other ones you have posted here.


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