Aloo Banarasi Recipe

I have made Aloo Banarasi or Banarasi Aloo, if you will, for as long as I can remember that I don't even recall where I got this recipe from. I make them for parties or when entertaining since I find that this is not the most often made dish yet its so delicious enough to make it to party affair. I

I have given a rough approximation of the measurements hence I would request you to use your discretion and taste to make a choice :) These are yummy and rich and yet not too rich that you would feel too guilty. Now enough talking and lets move to the recipe

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  • Serves: 2 people
  • 4-5 medium Potatoes, scrubbed,peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1/4 cup tomato puree
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 cup light cream
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi ( dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 2 tbsp broken cashews, toasted
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • salt to taste

Bring a saucepan of water to a boil and add the potatoes. Bring water to a boil and then simmer until potatoes are slightly soft. Make sure they don’t get too soft enough to break down.


Now add fennel, cumin,tamarind paste,turmeric,garam masala,cardamom powder in a tsp of oil. Stir for few seconds and then add the potatoes. Once the spices have coated them well, add the fenugreek leaves. Stir for 2-3 min.


Now add rest of the ingredients and mix well to coat the potatoes. Cook for 5 more minutes till the raw smell leaves and then serve hot garnished with some cilantro and cashews.

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3 Member Reviews

By Hiba on Apr 9, 2013

I roasted the cashews in some ghee. And i also added 1/2 a teaspoon each of turmeric and chilli powder.

It was delicious! :)

By shivani on May 26, 2011

tried this recipe today...

i didnt have tomato puree.. so i didnt put it.. but it tastes awesome...

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By sunita sil on Jul 22, 2011

hi dk this is the second time i made and had for my lunch box in office and wow yummy it tasted and light deliiiiiicccccccious

By sunita sil on Jul 21, 2011

hi dk if i am not mistaken you have forgotton to mention the turmeric in your ingredients list and quantity.bye

By Sunita on Jul 15, 2011

:mrgreen: My husbands Dad was from Varanasi but he was born& brought up in mumbai. Let me surprise him with this . I will get back to you . A million thanks.

By bharathi on Feb 1, 2010

this is a new variation great cant wait to try

By Divya Kudua on Nov 18, 2008

You bet it is quite simple DK..and I absolutely love your step by step instructions..;-)

By Roochi on Nov 18, 2008

I tried it out today...well i made a little twist for the mirchi. Is this recipe suppose to be lite and not spicy !
Well when i was abt to finish i realized that there was no mirchi... i added chilli powder :) as I made this as side dish with Dal and Rice.

By Bhawana on Nov 18, 2008

I think this will be tasty dish with roti or parathe. I liked adding tamarind in this.

By Nags on Nov 17, 2008

bookmarked of course!!

By Sagari on Nov 17, 2008

gravy looks so rich and creamy dk

By Divya Vikram on Nov 17, 2008

I make a similar curry with paneer and the same base.Nice one.

By Medhaa on Nov 17, 2008

this looks lovely, will try soon.

By raaji on Nov 17, 2008

Hmmm what on earth would someone love to have thats so flavorful and yet easy to make....

By Supriya on Nov 17, 2008

Nice potato recipe. I always like to have one potato dish when I have guests - u can rarely go wrong with it! I'll definitely give this a try. BTW, Kudos to u & ur fellow marathoners.

By Soma on Nov 17, 2008

This looks easy yet flavorful..

By Aparna on Nov 17, 2008

This is simple yet so good. I liked all the spices that go into it. No wonder its popular.

By Curry Leaf on Nov 17, 2008

Looks very fantastic,This is very very new to me.Surely try today.

By ramyagosagan on Nov 17, 2008

hey Dhivs!
Great job! I just feel like trying out all your recipes. I really appreciate your motivation. Wonderful! And what a presentation of recipes! I wish I had even 1 percent of the motivation you have. Really great. And each and every recipe is awesome. Great! I am regularly checking out your blog, though don't find time to comment. Have decided to try out all your recipes soon. Will let you know :) Take care!

By Kitchen Flavours on Nov 17, 2008

Iam hungry i want it to right now..... HMMMM Adding kasoori methi is the yummy twist. Looks yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy.

By rekhas kitchen on Nov 17, 2008

wow looks so creamy thanks for the recipe DK