Bilahi – aphoo aloor torkari

by Sunita on May 26, 2009

There has been a bit of quietness in this space for the last few days. Sorry, if you came looking for something new and the space was not refreshed. You see, it’s the kids’ half term in full swing. It was also the long weekend for Dinesh and we all went to pay a long overdue, return visit to a dear friend’s. The day was gorgeous with clear blue skies,

birds flying high,

lovely fields,

balloons in the air,

…yes, it was a wonderful drive!

After a lot of chatter and food, we are back; Dinesh is back in his office, and the kids and me are at home for the rest of their half term ( the rest of this week).

I had wanted to post this potato curry recipe along with the naans in my last post. Call it laziness or whatever, I didn’t, and some of you did mention it, so here it is. Bilahi – aphoo aloor torkari ( tomato – poppy seeds potato curry).

What’s needed-

3 tblsp of white poppy seeds soaked in water for half an hour
12-15 Jersey Royal or small sized potatoes, halved and boiled ( I kept the skin on and scrubbed them well before boiling)
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 medium sized onion, chopped
4-5 cloves of garlic, peeled and halved
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 whole red chilli, halved
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
hot water
a small bunch of coriander, chopped

How to-

  1. Pulse together the drained poppy seeds, tomato, onion, ginger and garlic.
  2. Heat the oil and add the bay leaf, cumin seeds and red chilli halves. When the seeds splutter, add the tomato mixture along with the turmeric and cumin powder. Stir constantly over medium heat till the moisture evaporates and the mixture is lumpy.
  3. Add the potatoes and season with salt. Stir for a few minutes till the potatoes are well coated with the spices, and they are slightly coloured.
  4. Add hot water till three fourths of the potatoes are under it. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring now and then, till the gravy thickens. Add the garam masala powder and coriander, stir for a minute and remove fom heat.
  5. Serve hot with rice or any Indian flat bread.

We had ours with some cumin and sundried tomato naans.


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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 prathibha May 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm

The curry looks amazing…Those tomato naans in the background are teasing me…..!!
I need to give a try soon..


2 Sunita May 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Thanks Pratibha…do try the naans :-)


3 Happy Cook May 26, 2009 at 4:43 pm

I can imagine scooping up the potato curry with the naans.
Looks like the whole family had a wonderful time.


4 Sunita May 28, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Yes, we did…and the weather played a major part.


5 CurryLeaf May 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Love the pics.Love the curry.Too delicious


6 Sunita May 28, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Thank you :-)


7 Bong Mom May 26, 2009 at 4:55 pm


That cake was yummo, really delicious. In spite of the goof up it tasted real good. Next time plan to do the brownie, the eggless one
Thanks, that pear-walnut will be my signature cake now :)


8 Sunita May 28, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Sandeepa, glad you liked the cake. So, you are now on a baking spree…yaay! And will only get better :-)


9 Rosa May 26, 2009 at 6:43 pm

That dish looks so tasty and good! Thanks for the wonderful pictures! I miss that country so much…




10 Sunita May 28, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Thanks Rosa :-)


11 Parita May 26, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Wow the curry looks mouth watering…never used poppy seeds with potato..interesting combination


12 Sunita May 28, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Try it Parita…you’ll love it :-)


13 snooky doodle May 26, 2009 at 8:06 pm

oh fantastic photos and this curry looks so good! glad you had a nice time :)


14 Sunita May 28, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Thanks Natalie..yes, we did have a nice time, and the weather really behaved :-)


15 SuperChef May 26, 2009 at 10:53 pm

OMG!! it looks soo very delicious!!


16 Sunita May 28, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Thanks :-)


17 Kalai May 26, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Beautiful pics!! The potato curry looks awesome!


18 Sunita May 28, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Thank you kalai :-)


19 shilpa May 27, 2009 at 12:06 am

This looks delicious Sunita. Never heard before. I am going to try this soon.

How have u been? Its been a long time I visited this place, was very busy :(


20 Sunita May 28, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Thanks Shilpa…do give it a try :-)

We are fine…and I understand, we all have a life apart from our virtual ones :-)


21 Soma May 27, 2009 at 1:40 am

YUMMMY! This aloo & some luchi for me:-D


22 Sunita June 8, 2009 at 9:15 pm
23 Hélène May 27, 2009 at 2:38 am

Oh my this looks so good and I love your pictures.


24 Sunita June 8, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Thanks Helene :-)


25 Shreya May 27, 2009 at 4:27 am

I noticed the potato dish in the naan post and knew this would be next:D it looks so good! With poppy seeds, it must have tasted so yum..I have never used poppy seeds with potatoes, and will surely try this:-)


26 Sunita June 8, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Thanks Shreya…do give it a try :-)


27 Amrita May 27, 2009 at 4:39 am

Ok, now I’m really missing home! The torkari looks yummy!


28 Sunita June 8, 2009 at 9:17 pm
29 Dolon May 27, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Hi ,
I love potato very much & that too with naan .
The pictures looks delicious as usual.
Please do visit my blog @


30 Sunita June 8, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Thanks Dolon :-)


31 Morta Di Fame May 28, 2009 at 2:03 am

These look outstanding. Beautiful photography. I will definitely file this to try.


32 Sunita June 8, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Thank you …dogive the recipe a try :-)


33 Purnima May 28, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Oh Sunita..not only are the images grabbing my eyeballs, now with directions n ingr. within my reach, I thank you deeply for posting this n my next visit would surely be to post a feedback! I m just drooling at the lovely pics! Hv have have to make this! Yes..that desperate to taste this! :D THANKS !! Loved the skies n nature! The challenge too beautifully executed!


34 Sunita June 8, 2009 at 9:18 pm

You’re welcome, dear Purnima :-)


35 Mints! May 29, 2009 at 2:26 am

I had this at a friend’s place in India and then promptly forgot the recipe that she had give at her place. Good I found it here. I will sure make this soon.


36 Sunita June 8, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Do give it a try :-)


37 Purnima May 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Sunita, this was simply flavorful! Loved the subtle flavors of ground masala n dried spices with potatoes was ohhhh toooooooo yum! All of us (my 4 n 3 yr old’s too) relished it! Thks for this lovely dish..(my 2nd time with poshto..hv earlier used a tsp or so in grinding only! :D


38 Sunita June 8, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Glad you enjoyed the dish :-)


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