Eastern Indian Potato Balls

This is literally the easiest, tastiest and quickest potato dish that exists! It’s has very simple, clean and subtle flavors. Delicious is the word.



2 large idaho potatoes
1 tsp mustard seeds
3 indian green chillis, minced
2 tbsp ghee
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 tbsp cliantro, finely chopped
salt to taste ( 1/2 to 1 tsp)

Cook the potatoes in salted boiling water for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain, peel and set aside.

Crush the mustard seeds in a small mixer ( or mortar & pestle if you have one) to a powder. Mince the chilli and add it to the mustard powder. Add the ghee, ginger and cilantro to the mixture and let it sit for a while until the potatoes cook and cool down. This will also help the flavors to blend together.

When the potatoes are cool enough to handle (but still warm) Mash them, then sprinkle with salt and the mustard mixture. Mix well and shape into little balls.

The authentic recipe uses only the regular potatoes. As a variation I tried the same recipe with exactly the same ingredients but with sweet potatoes. It turned out to be very unique! The sweet-salty-spicy combination was fantastic!

Serve them room temperature. It makes for a healthy and tasty snack. I personally love to eat them with ketchup.


  1. Dear Supriya
    During our holiday in Bangalore we stayed at The Oberoi Hotel and as a surprise the chef made Alu ?? I cannot remember the name – for my husband and myself. I have been searching everywhere for the recipe and to my great surprise I found your published potato dish 2weeks ago. They are indeed exactly as we remember the only change I made is the use of mustardseed oil instead of ghee ( not as rich)
    I have made them several times now and often use left over potatoes from the night before. A great party snack as well.
    Thank you so much


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