Aloo Chokha – The Indian mashed potatoes

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Boiled and mashed potatoes get a flavor of mustard oil, dry and green chillies, lightly fried onions and some cumin. Eaten with khichdi  in the state of Bihar, it’s a quick and comforting dish. Every Bihari family has their own variation of chokha  , sometimes more than one as well – for its an often made dish.  Featured here is a chokha made with potatoes. The other two traditional kinds of choka  are  tomato and eggplant and are served and made differently. That’s a story for another day.

This dish can be served as a side with plain Dal and rice, or khichdi . Simple comforting food for the days you want to feel snuggy!

Serves 3 -4


  • 2 large gold potatoes
  • 1 shallot finely sliced
  • 1 thai chilli, chooped
  • 1 dry red chilli, broken into 2 or 3 pieces
  • ¼ tsp cumin  1 tsp mustard oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Boil the potatoes, peel and mash them up
  • Heat the oil and allow it to smoke a little
  • Add the cumin, cook for 30 seconds and add the shallot
  • Cook for about a minute or till the shallot turns light golden
  • Add the green and the red chilli
  • Now add the potatoes and the salt
  • Mix everything well
  • Remove from heat and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving. This allows the mustard oil and the spices to enhance the flavor of the potatoes

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