Aloo Vurtha/ mashed spicy potatoes

Every region in India has their own version of mashed potatoes. Here is the recipe to a Bengali version called Aloo vurtha which my friend Savitha Umesh shared with me. As usual I love recipes that are simple, easy to make but at the same time delicious. This one if leftover can be used as a filling for Parathas or bread.


3 potatoes pressure cooked ,peeled and mashed

1 large onion

15 cloves of garlic

5 Byadgi chillies

1 tsp oil to roast the garlic and chillies


A large pinch of turmeric

2 tsps oil to roast the onions

2 tbsps finely chopped coriander leaves


Heat the oil in a pan. Drop in the garlic and roast to a nice golden brown. Remove and roast the Byadgi chillies in the remaining oil. Grind them to a coarse powder. Heat two tsps oil in a pan and drop in the onions and turmeric powder. Roast till translucent. Allow to cool. Add the powdered garlic and chilly powder, mashed potato and salt to it. Mix well and garnish with coriander leaves.

Note: I added a tsp of lemon juice for added flavour.

Serves three.

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