I don’t care what you call them. Call them Bombay potatoes. Or Bombay aloo. No matter what you call them this is one thick, glorious potato curry. Restaurant style. At home.

I love potatoes. And I love Indian cooking. So Bombay potatoes are a dream dish for me. If you like potatoes, this could be your new favourite way to cook them. For an Indian dinner anyway.


Bombay potatoes close up with egg curry in the background.


This is a thick curry. A dry curry almost. Like a crazy seasoning paste on potatoes. Not like the usual saucy curries you get at restaurants. That’s what makes it special. Intensely flavoured. Perfect against the mild taste of potato.

In your face delicious Bombay potatoes

It’s not like a lot of the recipes out there for Bombay potatoes. This is in your face restaurant cooking. No subtlety here. None. Not your mom’s Bombay aloo.

Bombay potatoes are an absolutely delicious vegetarian Indian curry.

Tomato. Onion. Garlic. Ginger. Mustard seed. Spice. And a bit of tart zing from amchoor powder. Not super spicy though. Unless you want to go there. Well seasoned. Big bold tastes. Good eating.

Amchoor is dried mango. You can get it at any Indian grocer. It’s one of those ingredients you didn’t know you needed until you try it. Then you have to have it.

But lemon works as well if you don’t feel like going to the store.


Bombay potatoes from above


I’m not super clear on the origin of Bombay potatoes. Some say it started in Goa where potatoes were introduced to India. Others claim this is a mostly British dish that was introduced to anglicize Indian cooking.

It’s big in Bombay as well. Guess that’s why they call it Bombay aloo. Aloo is potato in Hindi.

Doesn’t really matter where Bombay potatoes come from though. What matters is you can make them at home. Serve them to friends. Or just eat them all up yourself. I know I’m guilty of doing that…


Bombay potatoes close up with egg curry in the background.


Pick your potatoes wisely

Choice of potato is important. Probably the most important thing in this recipe. You want a waxy potato. Floury potatoes like russets are good for mashed potatoes.

If you want Bombay potato mash then try that. Otherwise stick to waxy. I like whole waxy potatoes the size of golf balls. That works well for me.

I like round too. Square cut is a bit more delicate. You are boiling the potatoes before you make the curry. They will be a bit soft. Round seems to hold up better. For me, anyway. Guess I’m a bit picky…

Bombay aloo. Bombay potatoes. Potato curry. Who cares what it’s called. What matters is it’s delicious. And you can make it at home. Try it. It may surprise you.



Bombay potatoes with knife and fork.

Bombay potatoes in a copper Indian bowl with spoon and fork.
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Bombay potatoes

Call them Bombay potatoes. Or Bombay aloo. Either way it's one seriously delicious potato curry.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 395kcal
Author romain | glebekitchen



  • 6-7 small waxy potatoes, peeled - around the size of golf balls
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp salt

Spice mix

  • 1 tsp indian restaurant spice mix - recipe link below
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp kashmiri chili powder - or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp kasoor methi - dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt or 1/3 tsp table salt

Bombay potatoes

  • 3 tbsp neutral vegetable oil
  • the cooked potatoes
  • 3-4 tbsp onion sliced about 1/8 inch thick
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp garlic ginger paste - recipe link in notes
  • 1/2 tbsp tomato paste diluted with 1 tbsp water
  • 10 oz curry base - recipe link in notes
  • 1/2 tsp amchoor powder or the juice of 1/6 lemon
  • 1/2 small tomato coarsely chopped
  • cilantro to taste


Do your prep

  • Make the spice mix. Combine all the spice mix ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Dilute the tomato paste with the water.
  • Cook the potatoes. Combine the potatoes, turmeric and salt along with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Simmer until you can just push a fork into the potato without resistance. Be gentle. You don't want to break them up.
  • Have everything ready to go. Onions chopped. Garlic ginger paste standing by. Curry base pre-heated. Ingredients at hand. Be ready. It's going to go fast from here.

Make the Bombay potatoes

  • Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium low heat .
  • Add the potatoes to the hot oil and fry until they just start to colour. This firms them up so they don't self destruct when you make the curry.
  • Remove the potatoes and set aside. Add the onions and cook over gentle heat until translucent. You are trying to keep them from browning. I know - anti-Indian cooking but this time that's what you want.
  • When the onions are translucent, raise the heat to medium. Add the mustard seed and cook around 20 seconds. 
  • Add the garlic ginger paste. Cook until it stops sputtering, around a minute. 
  • Turn down the heat and add the spice mix. This is the critical step. Stir it constantly for 30 seconds. If it starts to darken lift the pan off the heat. You want the spice mix to cook in the oil but not burn.
  • Turn the heat up to medium high. This is important. The heat is what caramelizes the onion in the curry base and gives the curry it's Indian restaurant flavour. As you become more comfortable with this technique try pushing it. Add the diluted tomato paste and stir until bubbles form (the oil will likely separate). This takes around 30 seconds to one minute depending on the heat.
  • Add 3 oz of curry base. Stir until bubbles form (little craters really), around 30 seconds. Think lively boil. Watch the edges of the pan. The curry can stick here. Sticking is OK. Just scrape it back into the base. Burning is bad.
  • Now add the remaining curry base and stir briefly. Let it cook until the bubbles form again. This takes 1-2 minutes.
  • Turn the heat down to low. Add the potatoes. Cook until the potatoes are warmed through and the sauce thickens. This takes about 3 minutes. 
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and amchoor (or lemon if you aren't using amchoor). Stir to combine. Cook for another minute or two.
  • Garnish with a bit of chopped fresh cilantro and green chili if you like. Serve. Enjoy.


The recipe for curry base is here.
The recipe for indian restaurant spice mix is here.
The recipe for garlic ginger paste is here.
If you haven't read about Indian restaurant technique yet, do that before you start cooking. It's a good read. Worthwhile.
Have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go.
If you are making multiple curries, have your curry base warming in a pot on the stove. If you are just making one, microwave it to warm it up right before you start cooking.


Serving: 2servings | Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 642mg | Potassium: 1063mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 49.4mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2.9mg




23 thoughts on “bombay potatoes – restaurant style bombay aloo

  1. When do you add the amchoor powder? Is it at the end with the tomatoes, also you’ve got down to add the mustard seeds twice, can’t wait to give it a go

    • Glad you liked it. I try for medium spicy in most of the recipes. A bit of bite but not so spicy you can’t taste all the nuances.

  2. I love your site, thank you so much! It’s just what I’ve been looking for 🙂 I’ve been cooking curries for years, but you have finally helped me to take it up a notch. Just one quick thing, when I was following this recipe this evening, and I wonder if the order of the directions is supposed to be 6, 8, 7, 9, (or maybe 6, 8, 9, 7?), or is it ok as it is?
    PS If you’re reading the comments to help you decide whether or not to try this recipe (or any of the others on this site), DO IT! They taste awesome. They’re a bit more extra effort than usual, but we’ll worth it! 🙂

    • Glad you like it and I’m especially glad to hear it’s taking your cooking up a notch. That’s exactly why I do this.

      The order is 6,7,8,9. If there is diluted tomato paste I always add it first and then start with the base. I want the tomato paste to fry to cook out the raw flavour.

  3. I love your site! We had your Bhuna recipe for tea tonight and it was amazing! Now we are looking for our next one to try which I think is these!
    A silly question but is there a type of potato you use specifically as I’m not sure which potatoes are waxy or not?

    Thank you!!

  4. Thank you
    I have tried 15 Bombay aloo recipes none have hit the mark that I’m looking for But my search is now over ..This recipe is amazing the end product is divine. The depth of flavor is wonderful sweet savoury spicy rich creamy just perfect, all the little details like caramelising the base gravy cooking out the spices (don’t let them burn) raising the heat lowering the heat all these step create a layered flavor second to none …I really appreciate the time you have put in to this website I can’t wait to use more of your recipes

    • Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful comment! I’m delighted that you liked the Bombay potatoes and look forward to hearing how some of the other recipes turn out for you.

  5. I never comment on recipes but I made this today (covid lockdown) only subbing some chicken stock with ginger and turmeric for the curry base (will be making that another time for sure!) and it was perfect! As a Brit I eat a lot of potatoes and a LOT of Indian restaurant food and this recipe is exactly what it says it is. Thank you! My wife thanks you! Awesome.

  6. Delicious! Have tried Bombay aloo a couple of times before but this is by far the best I have tried. Also did the chicken jalfrezi and it was really tasty too. Will make both again but tweak the jalfrezi to add a bit more chilli. Overall very impressed. And worth the effort!

    • Great to hear! The curries on glebekitchen are generally spiced to medium (as a starting point) so if you like it spicier fire it up!

    • I’m not a keto expert or even a keto food blogger. There’s onion in the curry base and I’m not sure about the tomato paste. I know most of the curries are keto friendly but I don’t know about celeriac or sweet potato vs chicken or lamb…

  7. Hi Romain, I just wanted to say that I rarely leave feedback, but you have created such an amazing collection of “food art” here, that I just had to thank you, wonderful pictures, the video clips were a great help and you have made me a better cook in a few short weeks!

    • Thanks for saying. I’ve worked hard on my pictures. There are few old ones still up here and there that I haven’t fixed yet. You’ll know them when you see them:-)

      Super glad to know glebekitchen is helping you out as a cook!

  8. looks promising but can you give a gram weight for potatoes? I can’t even begin to guess what 7 golfballs looks like. I realize in a lot of recipes “it doesn’t matter that much” but I always like to make a recommended amount exactly first time out, then adjust once I have experience. BTW you write short sentences. Like James Ellroy. Read American Tabloid. It’s good. You’ll like it. Kindred spirit.

    • A golf ball is 43mm in diameter and weighs about 43 grams. A potato is likely denser than a golf ball so maybe 50-60 grams. I don’t have potatoes handy to weigh. In this case it really doesn’t matter. Go for two smallish bites per potato or thereabouts. It should be fine.

  9. Can I add or partially substitute cauliflower in this recipe to make Aloo Gobi? Or would that require a different set of spice ingredients?
    Or even if it’s not Aloo Gobi, would cauliflower work in this?

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