Pahari Aloo palda/Potatoes in yogurt gravy from Himachal Pradesh

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Thursday, April 10, 2014

Himachal Pradesh is a state in Northern India, situated in the Western Himalayas. ‘Hima’ means snow in Sanskrit and the literal meaning of the state’s name is ‘In the lap of Himalayas’. 
Himachal Pradesh is a multireligional, multicultural as well as multilingual state like other Indian states.The day to day food of Himachalis is very similar to the rest of the north India. They too have lentil, broth, rice, vegetables and bread. As compared to other states in north India non-vegetarian cuisine is more preferred. 
I selected a very simple side-dish to go with our routine dinner roti's from himachal. A Potato dish, a bit creamy so it goes well with a spicy main. I made Dill leaves parantha to go with this pahari side.
Aloo gravy, Potato gravy, Potato subzi, Potato side-dish
3 potatoes, peeled and chopped into finger fries
2 large onions, sliced
2 green chilies, slited lengthwise
1 black cardamom
1/4 tsp powdered cinnamon or a strip of cinnamon bark
2-3 cloves
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds.
Pinch of hing ( asafetida)
2 tsp corinader powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
2 tablespoons of raw rice and 3 green cardamoms (grind with 4 tablespoons of water)
2 cups of yogurt whisked + 1 Cup of Water
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee.Add black cardamom, cinnamon bark, cloves, hing and cumin seeds. When the cumin crackles, add the sliced onions, slited green chilies and saute until onions turn translucent.
  • Add cut potatoes to this and mix well. Now add coriander powder,turmeric, garam masala and salt. Saute well for 2 minutes. 
  • Cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes till potatoes are almost cooked. If you feel the masala's are burning then sprinkle little water.
  • Mix the ground rice with the whisked yogurt. Add the yogurt mixture to potatoes and keep stirring on medium heat till the gravy comes to a boil. Let it boil additionally for 5 minutes. Add salt and cilantro and serve hot.


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  1. It is palda day today!!! so homey and delicious..

  2. Nice creamy flavorful curry to serve with parathas or roti. I am sure it tastes awesome even with rice.

  3. I did the same too, i think i went bit generous with the turmeric powder, love the colour of yours, i enjoyed this dish with rotis and rice.

  4. Lovely yogurt based gravy. It turned out perfect.

  5. Palda looks mild and creamy.. going to try it someday

  6. The potato dish looks so creamy and inviting!

  7. There are so many paldas today. Yours looks so creamy and inviting...

  8. So it's a Madra and Palda day!..I wonder why I don't remember reading about Palda, maybe because I never looked any further than the channa madra.:)..your bowl looks so good priya..

  9. The bowl looks so very appealing and drool worthy.

  10. That potato curry looks creamy and delicious.

  11. Looks delicious. It sounds similar to madra that I had made.


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