Spicy Indian Potatoes with Cilantro – Dhaniya Wale Aloo

Spicy Indian Potatoes with Cilantro – Dhaniya Wale Aloo: pan-roasted potatoes in a mix of fresh cilantro, basic spices + curry powder.  It has an amazing lemony-cilantro flavor that’s perfect to perk up the taste buds. Also known as Chatpate Aloo’, which is a popular recipe from the northern part of India. Best served with fresh paratha or hot rotis or steamed rice.

Spicy Indian Potatoes with Cilantro also called Dhaniya Wale Aloo

Weekend nosh is always special and for this weekend we made these Spicy Indian Potatoes with Cilantro.

I also call them ‘Knock Your Socks Off’ recipe !! It’s this spicy-lemony-cilantro flavor that hits your taste buds with this deliciousness that you just can’t stop eating them.

Quick Indian potato recipe

You need to try these once and the flavors-taste would literally make you a potato lover (if you’re not one).

This is my recipe which has turned many ‘Oh Thanks, I don’t eat potatoes‘ to ‘OMG, I love them‘.

Spicy Indian Potatoes with Cilantro Ingredients:

Baby Potatoes

Fresh Cilantro


Ginger + Garlic

Indian Spices: turmeric, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder

Lemon Juice


Now, these Spicy Indian Potatoes with Cilantro are an extremely popular potato recipe in the northern part of India.

I can still recall that they were made almost once every two weeks in the summertime when we have an abundance of fresh cilantro in the market.

spicy indian potatoes on a plate

How to Make Spicy Indian Potatoes with Cilantro – Dhaniya Wale Aloo

This recipe is super easy to make.

They are mostly prepared using baby potatoes, however, any potatoes would do.

If you are using large potatoes, then just cut them into a quarter for a similar shape.

  1. You start by lightly sauteeing the onion, ginger and garlic till slightly cooked.
  2. Then add spices and cook for another minute.
  3. Finally add boiled baby potatoes, fresh cilantro and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Once made, they can be kept in an air-tight jar in the fridge for upto 2-3 days.



They make an excellent entree or side dish that can be served in an Indian or Indian-inspired meal.

I personally love eating them with hot Indian roti’s but just about any bread/rice or grain would do.

Go ahead and try these quick, delicious Spicy Indian Potatoes with Cilantro and enjoy this summertime-inspired meal.



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Spicy Indian Potatoes with Cilantro - Dhaniya Wale Aloo

spicy indian potato recipe

Spicy Indian Potatoes with Cilantro (Dhaniya Wale Aloo): pan-roasted potatoes in a mix of fresh cilantro, basic spices + curry powder. It has an amazing lemony-cilantro flavor that’s perfect to perk up the taste buds.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 Cups Baby Potatoes - check notes
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro - check notes
  • 3 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Ginger+Garlic paste
  • 1 Tbsp Grated Onion - use any kind of fresh onion
  • Juice of 1/2 Fresh Lemon
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

To Boil the Potatoes: (you may skip this step if you have boiled potatoes)

  • 4 Cups Water
  • Large Pot or Pressure Cooker

Spices :

  • 1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 Tsp  Red Chili Powder - use as per taste
  • 1 Tbsp Amchur (dry mango powder) - optional
  • 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala - use as per taste
  • 1 Tsp Salt - use as per taste


Boil the Potatoes: (skip this step if using boiled potatoes)

  1. In a large pot or pressure cooker, add washed potatoes + water.
  2. Close the lid and boil the potatoes or cook in pressure cook till the potatoes are cooked thoroughly (follow the steps you use to boil any potatoes).
  3. Once the potatoes are cooked, transfer them to a strainer and wash with cold water to bring to normal temperature (this helps stop further cooking or softening the potatoes).

Make the Spicy Potatoes with Cilantro:

  1. Heat 3 tsp oil in a large non-stick pan.
  2. Now add cumin seeds and saute for 30 seconds.
  3. Add onion, ginger+garlic paste and saute for 2 minutes over low flames.
  4. Now add the remaining spices and saute everything evenly.
  5. Cook this mixture for 1 minute over low heat.
  6. Now add the boiled potatoes, and chopped cilantro and lightly coat each of them with this mix.
  7. Add the remaining 1 tbsp oil and saute everything.
  8. Cover this with a lid and let this cook for 3-4 minutes over low heat.
  9. Finally, remove the lid and saute everything lightly.
  10. Scrape any mix or potatoes stuck to bottom of the pan or sides.
  11. Add 2 Tbsp water and saute cook for 1 minute.
  12. Turn off the heat and transfer the 'Spicy Indian Potatoes with Cilantro' to a serving dish.
  13. Sprinkle some fresh cilantro on top and enjoy with flatbreads/roti or rice.


Baby Potatoes - you can use any yellow potatoes (check notes below for more)

Fresh Cilantro - cleaned and chopped thinly (you can add slightly more if you like more cilantro flavor)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 332mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

2 Replies to "Spicy Indian Potatoes with Cilantro - Dhaniya Wale Aloo"

  • Maggie April 2, 2020 (8:31 pm)

    This sounds interesting, but is there a substitute for ginger garlic paste using fresh ginger and garlic.

    • Molly Kumar April 8, 2020 (5:58 am)

      Hi Maggie, thank you for your message and ‘Yes’ you can substitute the fresh ginger+garlic paste with ‘garlic powder & ginger powder’ (1tbsp all inclusive). Molly

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