Bombay Potatoes
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Bombay Potatoes

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Serves 5

Fun and packed full of flavour, also goes well with rice.

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  • 1kg Salad/New Potatoes, cut in 2cm cubes
  • 2tsp Turmeric divided
  • Water for boiling
  • 1 1/3 tbsp vegetable/sunflower
  • 1 1/2 green chilis, finely sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 medium white onions, chopped
  • 2tsp Garam Masala
  • 2tsp Black Mustard Seeds
  • 2tsp Ground coriander
  • 2tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 3tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • Fresh or tinned tomatoes (optional)


    1. Boil the potatoes in the water with half the turmeric until you can brake one easily with a fork. Drain well.
    2. Add the oil to the wok, and get the wok really hot. When really hot and chili and cook for 30 seconds until brown.
    3. Add the garlic, the onions, Garam Masala,Ground coriander, Fennel seeds, the rest of the turmeric and Black Mustard Seeds, and cook until the onions go slightly tender.
    4. Now add the potatoes and cook for a further 7 minutes on a medium low heat. If using tomato, add it at this point
    5. Add Lemon juice, fresh coriander and salt and pepper to taste, and serve with rice or Naan.Top with leftover fresh coriander.

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Comments (17)

pinkyLOVE's picture

Not the best as it does not include ginger and has a reduced amount if spices. It's good for its simplicity. I find adding 1/4 cup water at the end helps it.

wizk12's picture

Delicious. I've used this recipe several times. I have however changed it slightly for my tastes. I add green beans to the boiling potatoes when they are almost boiled. I also add half a teaspoon of nigella (onion) seeds to the spice mix instead of mustard seeds since I love their flavour.

anjack's picture

Loved it, quick easy, added tomatoes, would do it without if I had a sauce to go with it ie. curry, Next time no fennel only because my better half didn't like the taste of it but otherwise delish.

loopyleicester's picture

made these, was ok, nothing special, i was bit hesitant to use salad pots, normally use roasting ones, did not like the salad pots, tasted funny, i did add tomatoes, but didnt think you need to as i served with tikka masala, wont use the recipe again as in past have made better.

broughb's picture

I have never made bombay potatoes before, used this recipe today, I added some tomatoes as suggested and a level table spoon of mango chutney, fabulous will certainly make it again.

floss63's picture

Just wondering if these freeze ok?

fozzie1's picture

Good, simple and tasty. More chilli can be added to get them to become a dish by themselves with green beans

kittymu's picture

Lovely side dish. I would definitely advise to add the tomatoes so it has a sauce to it. I added more garlic...but i am a garlic fiend.

shinobidef's picture

I didn't have green chillis so used a teaspoon of hot chilli powder and added with the rest of the spices. I found it a bit on the dry side so added 2/3rds of a tin of chopped tomatoes. Very tasty!

guycruls's picture

chilli in oil, 30sec on high heat? bad advice. doesn't deserve being hosted on bbc website.

welshleo's picture

These are fab.......better than my favourite takeaway!

jacquil's picture

These were great. Made without tomatoes and they were an excellent side dish. Recommended.

mocha17000's picture

Thank you for pointing that out, I will change the method. But I have to say I have never experienced it being dry. My only suggestion would be to, add some tinned or fresh tomatoes as Jan kindly suggested, to make it that bit, "Saucey"! Hope this helps. :)

raeliz64's picture

Quite tasty, but very dry - OK as a side dish, but not with rice or naan bread as suggested.
There is no mention of when to use the other half of turmeric, although I presumed it went in with the other spices in Step 3.

pau1grimes's picture

Made the potatoes with my 5 year old son last night - they were fantastic, even better than my local curry house. Easy, quick and delicious - what more can you ask for

janhearn's picture

Really nice as a side dish, left out lemon juice (I didn't have any) but added about 100ml of passata just to make it a little bit saucey!

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