If you like spicy food, this is going to be your new favorite - Spicy Bombay Potatoes or Masala Aloo. Baby Potatoes cooked with aromatic spices, as a one-pot dish, are perfect to serve as an appetizer or a side dish. These delicious and easy Bombay Potatoes take just 20 minutes to make in the Instant Pot or on stovetop. Vegan & Gluten-free.
I am usually not a big fan of potatoes. However...with this masala aloo, I could not resist myself and kept eating them. I made about four servings, but clearly ate up two of them myself. It is so easy to keep popping them in your mouth, and they are so yummy with the sprinkle of lime juice, it is hard to stop eating!
If you don't like spicy, then I am definitely going to give some options to reduce the spice and still enjoy these amazing baby potatoes made in the instant pot.
To just steam baby potatoes, check out the post for Instant Pot Steamed Baby Potatoes.
If you like potatoes, do check out these Garlic Chili Potatoes and this Tandoori Aloo Tikka. A recent potato curry favorite for us has been Potato Curry in Yogurt Sauce (Dahi Aloo) which has such a unique taste and takes just 15 minutes to make!
What is Bombay Potato?
Bombay potatoes, also called Bombay aloo is an Indian dry dish prepared using boiled cubed potatoes, flavored with various spices such as cumin, coriander, garam masala, turmeric, chili powder, salt and raw mango powder.
Traditionally potatoes are first boiled, peeled and then sautéed in spices. However with my love for one-pot dishes, I have simplified this recipe to make in a single pot or in an instant pot.
These Spicy Bombay Potatoes can double up as an appetizer or as a side dish. Add toothpicks to serve it as an appetizer for a party. Or serve these spicy baby potatoes as a side with lentils and rice.
How to make Bombay Potatoes?
Let's start with gathering the ingredients, which are just a few for this easy Bombay Potatoes recipe. You need baby potatoes, spices, ghee/oil and some cilantro.
When making Bombay Potatoes on the stovetop, first boil the baby potatoes. You want them to be just tender, do not overcook.
Then in a pan, heat oil and add cumin seeds. Reduce heat and add the spices. Sauté them for 30 seconds, be careful to not burn them. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water and the potatoes.
Mix well so the spices coat over the potatoes. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. The water will evaporate and the spices will coat the potatoes. Add dry mango powder (amchur), cilantro and lime juice. Bombay potatoes are ready to be served.
How to make Bombay Potatoes in Instant Pot?
To make these in the instant pot, we will make it as a one-pot recipe. Use raw baby potatoes, wash them well.
Start the instant pot in sauté mode and heat ghee/oil in it. Add the baby potatoes and salt. Sauté for about 3 minutes to crisp them on the sides. This is optional, but you will love it.
Now add the spices and water (you can also use broth). Mix well and pressure cook for 4 minutes at high pressure. Then do a 10 minute NPR, which means release the pressure after 10 minutes of the beep.
The image on the left above is before pressure cooking and the right is after pressure cooking. You can see that the potatoes hold their shape well even after pressure cooking.
When you open the instant pot, there will be some liquid left. Change back to Saute mode and the water will dry up in just 2 minutes and the spices will perfectly coat the potatoes.
Add the dry mango powder, garam masala, cilantro and serve topped with lime juice. They are sooo good!
What to serve with Bombay Potatoes?
These Spicy Baby Potatoes will pair perfectly with something which is mildly spiced. I like to serve these Bombay Potatoes as a side along with a protein such as chicken curry, baked chicken or a lentil soup (dal). Don't forget they are also a great appetizer for a party!
Pro-tips to make Perfect Bombay Potatoes
√ Saute them before pressure cooking, so they brown on the sides. This is optional, but recommended.
√ Add the water after just sautéing the spices for a few seconds, else they can burn.
√ Do not overcook the potatoes, otherwise they will break. Although baby potatoes can stay intact with up to 8-10 mins of pressure cooking.
√ I prefer to not peel the potatoes and get the nutrients in the skin. However you can choose to peel them.
√ Lime juice is a must, especially when serving as an appetizer. It adds a wonderful tanginess to the potatoes.
√ If you like less spice, then reduce/skip the red chili powder and add the garam masala at the end to taste.
Spicy Bombay Potatoes
For Instant Pot
- Start the instant pot in Saute mode and heat ghee/oil in it. Add cumin seeds.
- Add potatoes and salt. Saute for 3-4 mins so they slightly brown on the sides.
- Add the spices and mix well with the potatoes. Then add water and stir it all up. (Don't wait much before adding water, else the spices can burn)
- Press Cancel and close lid with vent in sealing position. Change the instant pot setting to manual or pressure cook mode at high pressure for for 4 mins.
- After the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes then release the pressure manually.
- Add dry mango powder and garam masala. Change to sauté mode to dry any remaining water. It will just take 1-2 minutes. (Note: Turn off saute after 1-2 minutes and take the steel insert out of the instant pot, so it does not burn the bottom)
- Garnish with chopped cilantro and sprinkle lime juice while serving.
- Boil the potatoes in water until almost tender. You want them to be just tender, do not overcook. Drain and put aside.
- In a pan, heat ghee/oil and add cumin seeds. Reduce heat and add the spices. Sauté for 30 seconds, be careful to not burn them.
- Add water and boiled potatoes. Mix well so the spices coat over the potatoes. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. The water will evaporate and the spices will coat the potatoes.
- Add dry mango powder (amchur), garam masala, cilantro and lime juice just before serving.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.