September 19, 2011

Jeera Aloo | Navratri Vrat | Dussehra Fasting Recipes

In less than 9 days, we have the auspicious Navratri days to begin. This is one festival along with Diwali which is celebrated with lot of rigor & gusto in almost every part of India. On each of the 9 days a different form of Shakti (Durga, Bhadrakali, Jagadamba, Annapoorna Devi, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi, Chandi, Lalita, Bhavani, Mookambika) is worshiped.

As a part of these celebrations, in our state of Andhra Pradesh we set up our own Bathukammas. It is a flower stack arranged with beautiful, seasonal flowers in concentric layers to form a cone. Bathuku in Telugu means live and Amma means mother. And in the evening, all the ladies adorned in silk sarees meet up in their localities , place these bathukammas in the middle and dance around them with synchronizing steps while singing folk songs. It is a visual treat to just watch these women worship Goddess Devi with such joy and gaiety.

Many also observe a seven day fast during Navratri, by following a specific diet and usually end their fast on Ashtami (the eighth day of the festival). For the next few days, I will be posting some fasting recipes and sweets which you can be make during Navratri.

One of the simplest of all is - Jeera Aloo.

Note: Rock salt is usually preferred instead of the normal salt in preparation of these dishes.

Navratri Celebration

Jeera Aloo (Potatoes with Cumin Seeds)


10-12 baby potatoes (or cut 3 big potatoes into cubes)
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
2-3 green chillies
juice of 1/2 a lemon (or more)
rock salt - to taste
few springs of coriander and curry leaves


1. Boil baby potatoes (with their skin on), until fork tender. Chop coriander. Keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan, saute curry leaves and cumin seeds until aromatic. Add baby potatoes, green chillies. Fry for 5-6 mins.

3. Season with salt and mix in the coriander. Turn off the stove and then add lemon juice. Mix well and Serve with rice.

more to come..


  1. I love aloo jeera I just prepared methi aloo last night now i have to eat this..

    First time here and nice space loved ur punch line..:) Do vist minewhen time permits

  2. That is one of our fav.. infact my husband taught me how to cook this dish :) Vrat or no vrat .. i love it all the time.

  3. its interesting to see the different traditions for the same festival in different parts of India. Thats what makes us so special, doesnt it?! I am getting all geared up for Navrathri as well :)

  4. hey u changed the layout of your blog !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it looks super cool .... jeera aloo looks simple yet tempting :))

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