Vartwale Sukhe Aloo


A simple dish of delicious potatoes made especially during fasting by people in India. Boiled potatoes are made in the dry form or in curry form. Sukhe aloo( dry potato) can be had as the main dish with kuttu/singhada parantha or pooris( Buckwheat /Water Chestnut flatbreads that are eaten during fasts)or as a snack. It is very easy to make these potatoes with minimum or no use of spices. As a kid, I and my sister always looked forward eating this with curd/yogurt when mom made these during her fasting days.

All you need are boiled potatoes depending on the quantity you are making.For making these potatoes I don’t use any spices except the cumin seeds. Feel free to use any of the spices that you use during fasting. I also add finely chopped green chillies and garnish with fresh coriander.  Let’s see this super quick way of making something so simple and yet delicious!!

Time: 10 minutes

Serving: 2


Boiled Potatoes–2

Cumin Seeds–1/4 Tsp

Green Chillies–2 medium

Ghee(Indian Clarified Butter)–2 Tsp

Sendha Namak*– as per taste

*For those who don’t know Sendha Namak, it is Rock Salt a type of salt that is used in making fasting food, because Table salt is sea salt that is made from sea water that may contain some living forms and impurities of marine creatures during the extraction process and is also made chemically. Whereas Rock salt or sendha namak is a extracted from rocks as the name suggests, and as per Hindu traditions, one should have only veg and sattvic food during fasts.


Peel and mash the potatoes into thick chunks.

Heat ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds and when it starts to splutter add green chillies and fry for a sec then add potatoes.

Fry the potatoes nicely, add sendha namak and serve hot.

Enjoy it with paranthas or pooris or have it just like that.

I enjoy these with yogurt and sometimes add tamarind chutney. Give this way a try. you can add some pomegranate seeds also along with tamarind chutney, and have vart wali chaat.

You can make these potatoes adding other spices like cumin and coriander powder, turmeric and red chilli powder while fasts or also when you are not fasting and serve it as the main dish with Paranthas side dish with any of your favorite dal or vegetable curries.

Hope you will like and enjoy this potato dish as much as I like and enjoy it. Give your feedback in comments.

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Author: Swati

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