Aloo Tamatar Jhol - No Onion No Garlic

Aloo jhol is a dish from the North Indian cuisine of Uttar Pradesh, this is a no onion no garlic gravy dish which can be had with puris, luchis or chapatis and also goes well with steamed rice.
Jhol means a thin gravy, wherein  the potatoes are first boiled  and then add them to the gravy.  This gravy does thicken when it cools a little.    This is another vrat recipe.

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin seeds

1/2 Teaspoon Mustard seeds
1 Inch Piece Ginger -  finely chopped
1 Green Chilly -  finely chopped
2 Tablespoons T
omato paste
5 Medium Potatoes - boiled
A Pinch of Asafoetida
1 Teaspoon Heaped Coriander powder
1 Teaspoon Heaped Red chilly powder
½ Teaspoon Turmeric powder
½ Teaspoon Sugar 
Salt to taste
Water as required
1 Tablespoon  Coriander leaves - finely chopped

Method

Chop the potatoes into thin triangle slices.
Grind the green chilly and ginger to  make a fine paste. keep aside.
Heat  oil in a kadai, add  cumin seeds and  mustard seeds,  when they crackle them add the ground paste and tomato paste, fry till oil surface, then add the turmeric, chilly and coriander powders, with a little water and saute  till oil surfaces. 
Add the  potatoes and continue to fry for a minute, add salt, sugar, two cups of water  or more and bring it to a rolling boil.  When it comes to boil, cover and let it simmer on low flame for 10 to 15 minutes till oil surfaces.  Keep stirring off and on and mash the potatoes lightly.   Adjust the gravy consistency is accordingly by adding more water.

When done then garnish it with coriander leaves and serve with puris, luchi or chapatis or steamed rice.
My Notes

Can use 2 medium tomatoes blended instead tomato paste . Blend the tomatoes with the ginger and green chilly.

Labels: Aloo, Tomato, No Onion No Garlic, Vrat, Uttar Pradesh
sneha datar
sneha datar

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