Imli aloo, a finger licking potato stir-fry with tamarind. Melt-in mouth potatoes with spices and a hint of tamarind for that tangy kick. A perfect combo with rice and flatbreads.Jump to Recipe
Who doesn't love potatoes? My kids are happy if I make them everyday. In-fact i keep at least one boiled potato handy for my lil one's lunch time tantrums! My elder one loves spicy and tangy food. His taste buds were on a roller coaster ride sometimes back, a child who loved only Dal-chawal and dosa wherever he goes, now wants to taste everything, spicy and tangy.
While deciding on lunch box dishes, i keep him on mind and make certain dishes. Roti rolls is something both my kids love. Hot roti's smeared with ghee and rolled with their favorite dry subzi. I usually make Capsicum paneer subzi for the roti rolls, as both kids are paneer fanatics.
Next to paneer, aloo is their favorite. This classic potato masala and creamy pahadi aloo is regular at home for poori and roti. For lunch box they prefer dry curries like this potato podimas, class south-indian style potato mash or this Kadamba poriyal, a mixed vegetable subzi.
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Ingredients to Make Imli Aloo
- Potatoes, have used the normal white potatoes we get here in the market.
- Spices, I have used green chili, red chili powder and coriander powder to spice this tangy aloo subzi and turmeric powder for the gorgeous yellow color.
- Tamarind, you can either use tamarind pulp or soak dried tamarind in water and extract thick pulp for making this delish tangy aloo curry.
- Tempering, regular Indian tempering spices like mustard, cumin, hing and curry leaves are used.
- Salt and oil the usual ingredient for any savory dish.
How to make Tangy potato subzi
Please check recipe card below for exact measurements of each ingredient used and also for the detailed instructions
- Wash, peel and chop the potatoes into cubes. I have used parboiled potatoes, they save lot of time and also makes the crispy subzi.
- I cook my potatoes either in the microwave or on the stove. If cooking in microwave, take the cubed potatoes in a microwave safe bowl. add water and cook at power high for 10 minutes. Drain and use.
- If cooking on stove-top, turn it off once the water starts to boil rapidly. Keep it covered for 10 minutes. Drain and use.
- If using dried tamarind, soak it in warm water for 15 minutes and extract a thick juice. you can also use ready made tamarind paste or pulp to make this tangy aloo curry.
- Heat oil in a kadai/pan, splutter mustard seeds, add cumin, green chili, hing and curry leaves.
- To this hot tempering, add the parboiled and drained potatoes. Add red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
- To this now add tamarind extract. Mix well, cover and cook for the flavors to mingle.
- Remove cover after 5-8 minutes, let it cook open for another 5-8 minutes to crisp. Take it off the stove and serve it warm.
Recipe Card for Imly Aloo
Imli Aloo - Tangy Tamarind Potatoes Stir-fry
- 300 grams of potatoes (about 4-5 medium sized potatoes
- ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon coriander powder
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp thick pulp or just soak little tamarind in 3 tablespoon of water and extract it.
- fresh coriander leaves for garnish
- 1 tablespoon oil
- ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
- ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 pinches of asafoetida
- 1 green chili slit lengthwise
- 4-5 nos curry leaves torn into pieces
- a pinch of turmeric powder
- Wash and peel the potatoes. Chop them into cubes and cook them until soft. You can either use the microwave or the stove-top. I cooked on stove top, boiled the potateos and took it off the stove and keep it covered for 10 minutes.
- If making your own tamarind extract, soak a small grape size tamarind in 3 tablespoon of warm water for 15 minutes and extract it. It should be thick, as we will be adding it to the cooked potatoes, if more runny, it might make the potatoes lil soggy and mashed. So keep the extract thick.
- Once the potatoes are ready, heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, add hing, curry leaves and cumin seeds. saute for a minute. Next add green chili and turmeric powder.
- Next add cubed potatoes and saute well in the oil. Now add red chili powder, coriander powder and salt. Mix the potatoes, now add the thick tamarind extract, mix once and let it cook covered for 5 minutes, until the flavors mingle.
- Remove the cover and cook for another 5-8 minutes, until they turn crisp. Keep the flame simmer while cooking, or else the potatoes might burn.
- Once done, take it off the stove and serve warm. I served them with rice and Horsegram Coconut masala
I m not a Doctor or a Nutritionist The Nutrition information provided above comes from the plugin and is only an estimate.
Enjoy this tangy potatoes with rice, they pair well with roti's too. If packing this for your kids lunch box, make them as a wrap with some labneh or a spicy green chutney for a delish meal.
Bookmarking ! Looks delicious.
That is an awesome addition to the potatoes Priya. Next time I will add some tamarind pulp while making roast for Sruti. Even she is craze about potatoes and she can have it everyday. This is a perfect side for rice..
I guess all kids love potatoes! I too keep a very potatoes handy in case the kids dont eat other veggies! The next time i make potato curry will make this tangy version. super recipe Priya
Potatoes and kids love for them is universal, I guess.Potatoes can do wonders to their appetite and moods. The addition of tamarind definitely enhances the taste. Good one!
Imli Aloo looks yummy!!! Never tried potatoes with tamarind, sounds interesting. Will give it a try on next time when i prepare potato fry.
Omg, this tangy potato will definitely please my tastebuds without any fuss, and that plate with rice kollu masala and imli potato is very tempting, my mouth is watering here.
Potatoes are my favorite and any recipe with this super duper ingredient is loved by me. Imli is another ingredient which I love, ah !,,these chatpata aaloos would make such a delicious dish. Bookmarked to make asap.
Omg drooling , such amazing tangy twist to the potato fry 🙂 This am amzing side kick side dish for sure .. looks fantastic !!
So nice to read about your kid and his schedule..nice to include dishes they eat right! the setup looks cool!
Such a brilliant pick for I. Anything with potato is always a perfect one.. Will definitely try this out!!
I have to try this tangy and spicy potato curry for my potato loving son. He prefers potato roast most of all, but he’s usually ready to try anything with potato. Will try this yummy curry for him.
Very nice. Kids taste buds always differ and glad he likes to try all food especially spicy. 🙂 It gives us lot more options. The imli aloo sounds tasty and love that cute little kadai.
I love adding tamarind to potatoes and often love to have it as a snack or as a healthy meal.
I remember making the imli aloo a few years back and totally loved the flavors of imli in the aloo. Love the entire setup and pictures.
Forget kids, I am a big fan of aloo and this recipe is making me drool. Looks wonderful and love the whole platter. This is comfort food for me 🙂
Loving this tiwst to potato fry. I guess kids and adults would like it alike.
Potato and imli both are mine fav ingredients love the combination as veg... looks inviting.
Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine
these potatoes sound wonderfully flavorful. I would love to have these for dinner tonight I need to get out and get some of the ingredients.
I am a big potato lover, imli with aloo simply mouthwatering. Will definitely try this out. Bookmarked!!
I love all the spices in this dish! It sounds so exotic and delicious...I hope I can find some of the ingredients for this to try soon 🙂
I got soooo curious about this tangy tamarind potatoes... in the Philippines we have tamarind but I cannot get hold of one in the USA. I would love to try this if tamarind in available here.
Nice and tangy aloo ki sabzi.
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I am a lover of Indian food and this dish looks fantastic, would have never thought of combining tamarind with potatoes.
Imli and Aloo. Interesting combination and beautiful shots. It would be nice to add some twist like this in fry. Will give a try. Thanks for the share.
Mmm yum! Nothing I like more than a comforting potato dish! And it's interesting how you made the potatoes tangy. Defiantly my kind of dish (:
I like the sound of tamarind in my aloo bhaji. This sounds so delicious. I bet it would be perfect with Dosa and sambar too! Tamarind has a unique sweet and sour taste I love very much.
I love how versatile potatoes are! It sounds like your kids get awesome lunches!
Love this simple recipe that addas such a unique twist with the imli! I am a huge imli flavor fan, so will surely make this.
Marisa Franca @ Allourway
I think we've been stuck making potatoes the same old way for a long time!! I can't believe the spices you use. I bet the aroma is heavenly. This is definitely on the menu.
I never made sabji with potato and tamarind together, I will give it try, I usually use it in sambar with potato but this sounds and easy side dish.
This looks so comforting and tasty!! I am such a pototo foodie and this combination of flavors is so interesting and refreshing. I think I can smell these amazing potatoes right through my computer screen 🙂
Potatoes are loved by all and thus is handy to cook. Imli aloo is new to me, should try this version sometime.
While reading your post, I can feel the tangy taste of imli in my mouth and salivating 😀
It must have tasted awesome
Those potatoes looks delicious..I got one more recipe to try my favorite potato...
Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey
I love aloo too but we are trying to avoid as mush as possible, but these Imli aloo are my favourite, we gujju make with gravy though.
this tangy potato with tamarind sounds delicious, and finger licking.looking so inviting in small pan. lovely clicks.
Potatoes and tamarind make a lip smacking combo and I have used it in chaat and Kutchi dabeli..will try it in curry now. Thanks for the flavorful share !
Ruchi's Veg Kitchen
Potatoes and tamarind , a perfect combo .. very flavourful and delicious
Imli aloo looks so tempting.Something totally new for me.Bookmarking this innovative recipe.
Priya I made this a couple of days back and it was delicious! I was looking for Imli aloo for the alphabet ‘I’ (A-Z theme for BM). I not only got an idea for Imli aloo, I saw that you had paired this with Horse gram curry and that solved my quest for H as well :-). My husband LOVED the horse gram masala, I have already prepared it two times now! Thanks so much for these recipes 🙂
Hey rajani, thank you for lovely feedback!!! brought a biggg smile on to my face 🙂