Aloo ki qatliyaan (Pakistani-style potatoe slices in masala)

canon pix 1027asa

Aloo in urdu means potato and Qatliyaan translates to slices. Hence, “Aloo ki Qatliyan” literally means potato slices. It’s origins can be traced to North Indian cuisine where it goes by a number of pseudonyms;   Aloo ki bhujia being more prevalent than others. I make it almost every week, my kids just can’t seem to get enough of it.

Just writing about this recipe makes me nostalgic, it reminds me of my mother who made the best “Aloo ki Qatliyan” in the entire world!!!! Even though it is one of the simplest recipes, there was a special taste to the ones she made for me. I miss her every time I make these.

canon pix 992 copy

Getting back to the recipe, here are the things you will need:

Doesn’t this look pretty?

canon pix 1001asas

Lets cover it up to cook them perfectly.

canon pix 1004



  • Potatoes (peeled and sliced)                              6 medium sized
  • Cumin/Zeera whole                                            1/2 tsp
  • Whole red chillies                                                3-4
  • Corriander powder                                              1/4th tsp
  • Green chilli peppers ( bird’s eye, chopped)    1-2
  • Turmeric                                                                1 pinch
  • Salt                                                                          according to your taste
  • Ginger                                                                     1/2 tsp
  • Tomatoes (chopped)                                            2 medium sized
  • Oil                                                                            4 tbsp
  • Water                                                                       4 tbsp and extra if needed


  • Ground black pepper                                            1/4th tsp
  • Ground Cumin/Zeera                                           1/4th tsp 
  • Chaat Masala                                                          1/4th tsp
  • Cilantro (chopped)                                                2 tsp


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
  2. Add cumin, chopped ginger , green chillies and whole red chillies. Saute till fragrant (a minute or so). 
  3. Now add a tablespoon of water and then add sliced potatoes, turmeric, coriander powder and salt. Make sure to coat the potato slices with these spices by flipping them around.
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and mix them. Cover with a lid that fits well.
  6. Lower the heat and let it cook for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Uncover the pan and mix so that nothing is sticking to the pan
  8. If the potato slices start sticking to the pan, or are not cooked through then add a little water  (~1/4th cup). Add water only if you have to, or if you feel the mixture is too dry for your preference.
  9. Cover and let it cook for 10 minutes (do not remove the lid).
  10. Voila!! awesome qatliyan are ready to be devoured.
  11. Take out the slices in a  serving dish and garnish with chaat masala, ground cumin, black pepper and cilantro. 
  12. Serve hot with Roti (Chapati), Paratha (recommended!) or Naan. 


canon pix 1030

I like dry aloo ki qatliyaan, but if they seem too dry for your preference, you can make them moist as per your liking by adding more water in step 8.

This is quick to make and fairly healthy. Aloo ki Qatliyan serve as the perfect mid-week dinner, a quick lunch and can be even used as a really good side.

Aa jao โ€œalooโ€ tayyar hain !!!!


7 Comments Add yours

  1. I love aloo! Your pics are amazing! Looks so yummy!
    Follow along my blog please, i just started out, would love to get an audience that i can relate to! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much and I love aloo as well haha.
      I can totally relate to the new blog issues, I’m going through them myself. Good Luck to you in your online blogging journey:)


  2. randombytes says:

    I like the pics… thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much. My eldest daughter always keeps asking for this recipe so I thought sharing this basic recipe would be a good idea.I’m happy this helped you as well :).

      Liked by 1 person

      1. randombytes says:

        You are most welcome! Will look forward to learning some more recipes from you ๐Ÿ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

      2. So sweet of you! This makes me feel like I did the right thing starting the blog.
        Also don’t forget to hash tag any recipe you make from my blog and post a pic on my Facebook page:)

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s