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Easy Bombay Potatoes AKA Bombay Aloo – the best ever Indian Spiced Roasties. The perfect partner for any curry recipe or to spice up your Sunday Roast !

No curry night at the Kitchen Shed would be complete without Easy Bombay Potatoes. I regularly serve them with our favourite Beef Madras Curry and Homemade Garlic Naan Bread for a restaurant style Indian feast.

Bombay Potatoes or Bombay Aloo is the easiest Indian side dish you’ll ever make.

Bombay Potatoes on a serving dish with fresh coriander.

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Most recipes call for frying the Indian spiced potatoes but I’ve gone for the easier and healthier option of roasting.

The potatoes are par boiled with turmeric to give that gorgeous golden colour before being tossed in a mixture of curry paste, onions, oil and black mustard seeds.

After that it’s simply a case of popping them in the oven for about thirty minutes to give crispy spicy potatoes you won’t be able to resist.

Indian Roast Potato with onion and mustard seeds

What are Bombay Potatoes ?

Bombay Potatoes (AKA Bombay Aloo) is a dry Indian side dish made from potatoes, onions and spices. Bombay Aloo is a popular dish all over India and there are many variations.

What do I need to make Easy Bombay Potatoes ?

Spices

Spices are the secret to the best ever Bombay Aloo. Hopefully you’ll already have them in your kitchen cupboard. Otherwise you should find them in most supermarkets.

Personally, I buy most of my spices online because of availability and choice.

Turmeric

This golden spice is what gives Bombay Potatoes their gorgeous colour. Turmeric one of the principal ingredients in curry powder. It has an earthy flavour and is slightly bitter. You don’t want to overpower your potatoes with turmeric so don’t be tempted to add any extra.

Black Mustard Seeds

These tiny black mustard seeds are peppery and add a warming heat to the crispy roasted potatoes.

Curry Paste

You can use your favourite curry paste or powder, I use a Madras Curry Paste. Alternatively, use your favourite Garam Masala blend.

Vegetables

Onion

Lastly, the most important ingredient, potatoes.

Turmeric added to potato chunks and water in a saucepan.

What type of potatoes are best for Bombay Aloo ?

The perfect Bombay Aloo starts with the potato.

Often waxy potatoes like Charlotte or Yukon Gold are used in recipes for Bombay Potatoes. Primarily because potatoes can break up easily when fried.

However, my easy recipe roasts the potatoes so you can use a floury variety resulting in a crispy outside and a light and fluffy inside.

Whenever possible I use Maris Piper potatoes but any floury potato variety works really well.

Leftover boiled or roasted potatoes can be used, just see my note at the bottom of the recipe. If main crop potatoes are out of season, the recipe still works with new potatoes.

Floury Potato varieties

Maris Piper, Maris Bard, Wilja or King Edward.

Alternatively, a red variety such as Mozart or Desiree are a good floury potato too.

How to make Easy Bombay Potatoes

Bombay Potatoes couldn’t be any easier!

The potatoes are par boiled with turmeric to give that gorgeous golden colour.

Turmeric potato chunks cooked and drained in a pan.

And then tossed in a mixture of curry paste, onions, oil and black mustard seeds.

After that it’s simply a case of popping them in the oven for about thirty minutes to give crispy spicy potatoes you won’t be able to resist.

Cooked potato chunks tossed in spices and diced onions .

Variations

Add chilli flakes with the spices for an extra kick of heat.

Add a few cherry tomatoes to the cooked potatoes before coating with oil and spices.

Use leftover boiled or roasted potatoes. Follow the recipe from Step 4 and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes.

Bombay Aloo on a roasting tray.

What to serve with Roast Bombay Potatoes

Your favourite curry, ours is Beef Madras Curry

Homemade Garlic Naan Bread

Easy Bombay Potatoes are also a favourite side dish at our BBQs and I serve them with my Sesame Chicken Kebabs.


We’ve also been known to have these “spicy spuds” with a Sunday Roast.

Can Bombay Potatoes be reheated ?

Yes, if you have any left that is!

Store in a sealed container and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Reheat from chilled in a hot oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

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Easy Bombay Potatoes - the best ever Indian Spiced Roasties. The perfect partner for any curry recipe or to spice up your Sunday Roast !

Easy Bombay Potatoes

Easy Bombay Potatoes AKA Bombay Aloo – the best ever Indian Spiced Roasties. The perfect partner for any curry recipe or to spice up your Sunday Roast !
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Sarah James
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Equipment

  • A clean medium sized heavy based saucepan
  • 1 large shallow roasting tin (the heavier the better to give a crispy finish to the potatoes)

Ingredients

  • 8 to 10 medium potatoes, peeled & cut into small chunks I used Maris Piper
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 to 4 tbsp rapeseed oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp curry powder or paste or garam masala I used Pataks Madras paste

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 200°C / Gas Mark 6 / 390°F
  • Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water.
  • Add salt and turmeric before bringing your potatoes to the boil and then simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  • Drain your potatoes and toss them with the remaining ingredients. Make sure all the potatoes are well coated.
  • Place onto a large roasting pan and pop in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes until nice and crispy. Turning halfway through cooking time.

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Notes

Variations:
Add 1 teaspoon of  chilli flakes to the spices for an extra kick of heat.
Add a few cherry tomatoes to the cooked potatoes before coating with oil and spices.
Use leftover boiled or roasted potatoes. Follow the recipe from Step 4 and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes.

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Recipe Rating




Joan M

Tuesday 22nd of November 2022

What potato is best to use that is available in American grocery stores? Thank you!!

Sarah James

Tuesday 22nd of November 2022

Hello Joan, it seems Russet or Agria are a good substitute for Maris Piper as they are good for roasting. Hope this helps, Sarah.

Nic c

Sunday 23rd of October 2022

Love this recipe for easy Bombay Potatoes. Have made this over and over and its always delicious. Recommend adding chilli flakes and extra spices to change the dishes flavour slightly to your specific taste.

Sarah James

Monday 24th of October 2022

Thanks for your recommendation Nic. So pleased to hear you make my Bombay Potatoes on a regular basis, we love them with chilli flakes too.

Laura Angelina

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

I've not yet made this recipe..though about to. I don't have the mustard seeds...cam I use whole grain mustard instead.

Sarah James

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Hi Laura, thanks for your question. Wholegrain mustard is a lot hotter than black mustard seeds so I would recommend only using 1 teaspoon. You could also use cumin seeds as an alternative, although it has a different flavour profile, it's still a warming spice and would work well in the recipe. Hope this helps and do let me know how you get on.

Neil Tunnell

Saturday 20th of August 2022

What a fantastic recipe, needed something quick and easy as my normal recipe I use for Bombay potatoes takes some time. This was so great and potatoes were delicious and a great success, will definitely be using it again. I added some chilli flakes to the recipe which were also a good idea, happy days.

Sarah James

Sunday 4th of September 2022

Thanks for taking the time to comment Neil. Glad you enjoyed the added chilli flakes and pleased to hear you'll be making our Bombay Potatoes again.

Gloria

Monday 15th of August 2022

This was so tasty. I used one big fluffy potato and also a massive sweet potato. This was definitely the way to go, there is some tasty sweet and savory action going on with the interplay of the spices and the different potatoes. I also used 2 TBSP of ghee instead of the oil, so so yummy. I will definitely be making these again.