Aloo Bharta or Potato Mash of Oriya cuisine is a simple yet flavoursome accompaniment to any meal. It is mainly used with rice but pairs well with chapati too.

A little about the Oriya cuisine:

The cuisine of Orissa is different from the other states, it has a distinctive style of cooking and it is mostly followed in all the traditional recipes. Panch phoran is an essential spice mix in their cooking, it is a blend of five spices namely cumin, mustard, fenugreek, aniseed and kalonji. The food is less spicy and mustard oil is used in some of their dishes.

Most of the people are non-vegetarian and fish forms an integral part of their traditional cuisine. Rice is the staple food of this region.

Today, I am sharing another potato recipe here, it is called as Aloo Bharta or Potato mash. It is mainly used with rice. Priya Sateesh of Priyas Menu gave me potato and mustard as the two secret ingredients and I prepared this dish. Yes, you guessed it right, it’s time for the monthly challenge at Shhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge group and we have entered the state of Orissa now.

Potato Mash can be used :

  • dosa
  • chapati
  • rice
  • puri
  • as a filling for bread
Aloo Bharta / Oriya style potato mash

  • 4 potato boiled
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 3 dry red chilly broken
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green chilly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mustard oil
  • salt to taste
  1. Pressure cook the potatoes.
  2. Cut the onion finely.
  3. Once the pressure releases, peel the potatoes and mash them.
  4. Take oil in a pan, add mustard seed, as they crackle put the onion and saute for sometime. Let it turn translucent.
  5. Put the red chilly and green chilly to it, stir, after a few seconds put the mashed potato and salt. Mix well.
  6. Serve hot aloo bharta with phulka or chapati.

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Aloo Bharta / Potato Mash
Aloo Bharta / Potato Mash


A few other potato recipes that I commonly make at home for lunch are Alu Matar, Raswali Aloo, Aloo Jeera

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13 COMMENTS

  1. I love just how simple this recipe is, using barely a few ingredients. That said, I am sure this bhartha tastes fabulous. Would make for a perfect side to rotis, parathas and rice alike. Lovely recipe!

  2. Such a simple and easy one to make and very versatile as it can be used in many ways. Thanks for the lovely share

  3. Each State in India seems to have its own version of Aloo Bartha, each of them equally delicious. And I do like to have it with rasam and rice, or in a quesadilla! (after removing the chilies of course)
    Sujata Shukla

  4. This is very similar to the potato salad I make but I love the idea of adding a few chili peppers to add some heat.

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