Easy Aloo ki Sabji | Satvik Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji

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This Easy Aloo Ki Sabji or Aloo Tamatar Sabji is a potato gravy preparation made with tomatoes and a few spices. This particular dish does not have onion, garlic or heavy spices and thus a satvik recipe. With minimum ingredients, Aloo Tamatar ki Sabji is very simple and easy to prepare, and makes for the perfect food on any day including the Hindu fasting days (vrat). The recipe is also vegan.

aloo tamatar ki sabji served in a white bowl with pooris on a white plate kept on the top left side.

About Aloo ki Sabji

There’s hardly anytime that you can go wrong with either potatoes, tomatoes or a combination of both. Especially in Indian cuisine, these 2 vegetables are the simplest to work with, yet make for amazingly delicious dishes. At home as well, the pairing like in this Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji makes for a comforting dish.

I’ve said this in my other posts, but I’m going to reiterate – it is almost a critical situation at home, if there is no aloo or tamatar in my vegetable tray. Whether other veggies are there or no, these two have to be there always. Like, literally always! And the simplest way I can bring these 2 together in a dish is this Aloo Tamatar Sabzi.

Also, whether I’m keeping a fast or not, I often make this Aloo ki Sabji for my family. The fact that it is a fancy free, low on spices and light curry is what makes it special. Sometimes, you have days when you just want to eat a curry, but a soothing one. And not the typical rich one. Those days, this Aloo Tamatar Sabzi is a savior.

I’m saying this again, a potato or aloo is a very friendly and handy vegetable, especially for home cooks. This root vegetable is good on its own or in company with other veggies/leafy greens like green peas, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, cauliflower, beans, fenugreek leaves, capsicum and more.

Usually, I make this Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji with pooris and often as a breakfast. But, for that set up, I tend to add onion and garlic in it. Since the recipe in this particular post is dedicated to Navratri fasting, I have made the recipe without onion, garlic and spiced it just with cumin, red chili powder and black pepper powder.

So, when you make the Aloo Tamatar ki Sabji this way, you can serve and relish it with similar vrat friendly accompaniments like Vrat Ki Roti, Singhare Ki Poori, Rajgira Paratha or Rajgire Ki Poori. I also have another potato-based dish apt for your fasts, called the Vrat Ke Aloo, which is equally tasty.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Aloo ki Sabji

Cook Potatoes

1. Pour 1.25 to 1.5 cups water in a 2-liter stovetop pressure cooker or pan. Rinse well in water a few times and add the 2 medium-sized potatoes and some edible rock salt (sendha namak).

Boil the potatoes for 2 to 3 whistles on medium-heat. The potatoes should be just cooked. They should not become crumbly or mushy.

Let the pressure drop naturally in the cooker, then only open the lid. Remove the cooked potatoes and set aside to cool.

boiling potatoes with rock salt in water.

2. Let the potatoes cool slightly or become warm. Peel and chop them.

boiled and peeled potatoes.

3. Keep all the ingredients ready for making Aloo Tamatar Sabzi.

ingredients kept ready for aloo tamatar sabzi.

Make Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji

4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. You can also swap the oil with ghee if you prefer.

heating ghee in a pan.

5. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds and let them splutter on low heat.

cumin seeds spluttering in hot ghee.

6. Then, add 4 medium sized chopped tomatoes – about 2 cups of finely chopped tomatoes.

chopped tomatoes added to the pan.

7. Sauté till they become soft stirring often on medium-low to medium heat.

sautéing tomatoes.

8. Continue to sauté the tomatoes till they soften and become pulpy.

sautéing tomatoes.

9. Then, add ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder, ¼ teaspoon black pepper and edible rock salt as required. You can also add regular salt if not making for fasting.

red chili powder, black pepper powder and rock salt added to the tomatoes.

10. Stir and mix well to combine.

spices and salt mixed well with the tomatoes.

11. Add the chopped boiled potatoes and stir to mix again.

chopped boiled potatoes added to the pan.

12. Add 1 cup of water.

water added to the aloo tamatar sabzi.

13. Stir and let the gravy cook on low heat for 7 to 8 minutes or till it thickens slightly.

cooking aloo tamatar sabzi.

14. Slightly mash a few potato pieces with a spoon to help in thickening the gravy.

mashing potatoes in the curry.

15. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve Aloo Tamatar ki Sabji hot or warm with your preferred flatbread like roti or paratha or puri.

aloo tamatar ki sabji served in a white bowl with pooris on a white plate kept on the top left side.

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Easy Aloo ki Sabji | Satvik Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji

Aloo ki Sabji or Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji is an easy to make lightly spiced gravy featuring potatoes, tomatoes, a few spices and herbs. A satvik recipe made without onion and garlic.
4.91 from 21 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine North Indian
Course Main Course
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 3


  • 2 potatoes – medium-sized or 1 extra large potato
  • 4 tomatoes – medium-sized, about 2 cups finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oil or 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons coriander leaves – chopped, for garnish
  • rock salt – edible and food grade (sendha namak), add as required. or use regular salt or pink salt


Boiling potatoes

  • Take 1.25 to 1.5 cups water in a 2 litre pressure cooker or pressure pan. Add 2 potatoes and the salt. Boil the potatoes on medium heat for 2 to 3 whistles.
  • Let the pressure drop naturally in the cooker, then only open the lid.
  • The potatoes should be just cooked. They should not become crumbly or mushy.
  • Remove the potatoes and set aside on a plate to cool.
  • Let the potatoes become warm or cool down slightly.
  • Then peel the and dice them.

Making aloo ki sabji

  • Heat the oil or ghee in a pan.
  • Add cumin seeds and let them crackle on low heat.
  • Then add finely chopped tomatoes.
  • Sauté till they become soft and mushy, stirring often on medium-low to medium heat.
  • You will see the oil leaving the sides once the tomatoes have cooked completely.
  • Next add red chili powder, black pepper and salt as required. Mix well.
  • Add the chopped potatoes and stir to mix again.
  • Add 1 cup water.
  • Stir to mix well. Let the gravy cook for 7 to 8 minutes or more on a low heat, till it thickens slightly.
  • Mash a few potato pieces with a spoon to help in thickening of the gravy.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve the Aloo ki Sabji hot or warm with your preferred breads like roti, paratha or poori.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Easy Aloo ki Sabji | Satvik Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Sodium 412mg18%
Potassium 1005mg29%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1437IU29%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.2mg13%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.1mg6%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 3mg15%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 51mg62%
Vitamin E 3mg20%
Vitamin K 17µg16%
Calcium 44mg4%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 48µg12%
Iron 2mg11%
Magnesium 55mg14%
Phosphorus 124mg12%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Aloo ki Sabji from the archives first published in October 2013 has been updated and republished on December 2022.

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