5 Innovative Ways To Cook Potatoes With No Onion And No Garlic

Bored of the same old aloo ki sabzi? Don't worry! We give you five innovative ways to make potatoes with no onion and no garlic.

If there was ever a greater need to minimize food wastage and use all our resources to their optimum potential, it is now. To encourage us all to do this, and in ways that don’t need a whole lot of added effort, we have come up with simple ideas to use staple ingredients differently in your daily meals. Most of you may already have these as part of regular groceries. Through these posts, we hope you get fresh ideas to use your kitchen supplies wisely and in interesting ways.

As the entire family is home due to the nationwide lockdown, some are getting bored, while for some the lockdown means more time and effort keeping the family engaged. That said, a lot of us are channeling our boredom to frequent visits to the kitchen – to cook and to eat (and of course to clean!). We are sure that a lot of you have stocked up on a few vegetables, one of them being – potatoes, a near-staple ingredient that never goes out of fashion or favor.

 5 Innovative Ways To Cook Potatoes With No Onion And No Garlic
One of the most popularly made potato recipe is French Fries.

Potatoes (आलू) are also a staple during the festival of Navratras/ Navratri which has incidentally fallen between the lockdown. Some people are fasting and eat lots of fruits, tapioca (sabudana) and the ever in demand – potatoes. Here are five ways you can cook potatoes without onion and garlic. No, they aren’t vrat friendly but are also not your regular jeera aloo, aloo-parantha or similar, simpler, everyday dishes. Here are some ideas that help you use the humble potatoes in interesting ways.

5 interesting ways you can cook potatoes without onion and garlic –

1) Kashmiri Dum Aloo | A Gravy Dish

Kashmiri Dum Aloo have a vibrant red gravy with a strong aroma of khada masalas. They are easy to make and no one can guess if this meat like gravy is made without onions and garlic. It is best to use small sized or medium-sized potatoes to make Kashmiri dum aloo.

Boil the unpeeled potatoes for 1 whistle, peel and deep fry them till golden. Add khada masalas like cinnamon, green cardamom, black cardamom, bay leaves and cloves to hot mustard oil. Once they release their aroma, add saunf powder, ginger powder, salt, red chili powder, yogurt, and fried potatoes. Let them simmer for a few minutes and VOILA! These are best enjoyed with some steamed rice.

 5 Innovative Ways To Cook Potatoes With No Onion And No Garlic
Image for representational purpose only – Kashmiri Dum Aloo is eaten with boiled rice.

2) Cheesy Potato Casserole | Bake Dish

Nothing more decadent than thin slices of potatoes rubbed in butter and oregano, laid out in a baking dish, some creamy white sauce on top which is then tucked away under a blanket of grated cheese. Baked till golden, this creamy potato dish can be served with a hot toast or some steamed vegetables to cut the richness of this dish. Add some tabasco or red chili flakes to spike the heat of the casserole. A rich and creamy potato casserole is a sure shot way to decrease the dullness.

Tip – If your casserole dish is too deep, add a layer of cheese in between too.

 5 Innovative Ways To Cook Potatoes With No Onion And No Garlic
Lockdown ideas: Use potatoes in this creamy bake dish.

3) Jacket Potatoes | Grilled Potatoes

Jacket potatoes or baked potatoes are a great way to break the monotony and put a smile on the family’s face. Crispy skin and fluffy interior of the potatoes make them a yummy addition to your menu. You can add toppings of your own choice like sour cream, sautéed mushrooms, tomato salsa, coriander, and basil pesto or anything that you love. Add butter, pepper, and red chili flakes generously to turn this into a restaurant-style dish. If you have tried this before, you would know how addictive jacket potatoes can get.

 5 Innovative Ways To Cook Potatoes With No Onion And No Garlic
Load them up with your favorite toppings.

4) Corn And Potato Nuggets | Crunchy Snack

Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside – corn and potato nuggets are a hit amongst the kids and adults alike. Mashed potatoes mixed with seasoning, boiled corn, a tablespoon of mayonnaise and some cornflour to bind it all. Turn them into small balls and deep fry to turn into a delicious snack for the fam-jam!

You can add veggies of your choice to give it a favorable twist. Serve with ketchup or green chutney.

 5 Innovative Ways To Cook Potatoes With No Onion And No Garlic
Pop and gone! Potato nuggets with corn are a favorite amongst kids.

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5) Bharwan Aloo

Raw potatoes peeled, hollowed, coated with ghee and baked in an oven for that market-style tandoori char. Stuff them with spiced mashed paneer, raisins, and cashews. Bake again for 3-4 minutes. Cut and serve with a coriander and chili chutney. Sprinkle some chaat masala on top to give it a desi kick. We promise that when you serve these, big applause from the family is guaranteed.

Which potato-based dish is your absolute favorite? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

Struggling to cook with limited resources? There is a lot in our kitchens even during this lockdown, all we need is a set of fresh ideas and suggestions to keep our menus interesting! Read these posts to help you choose what to cook for the next meal using regular staples like attasujimoong dalrice and potatoes. We will also give you tips on how to use common condiments like mayonnaise and spices like jeera and turmeric in your diet to maximise the usage of everyday products.

About The Author

Nishtha Asrani Sethi, born and brought up in Delhi, is a content writer who has previously worked with NDTV and Resolver. Her roots are deep within the food industry, thanks to her family business and a keen interest in contemporary food products. Nishtha loves to serve her articles with a side of humor. Her Bachelor’s degree in Home Science comes in handy while researching the science behind the food. When she is not trying to win a battle of fries vs fruit with her daughter, she is busy experimenting with her huge joint family with crazy recipes.

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  1. Jayanti Sharma says

    I’ve been making jacket potatoes since I was a teenager and now my kids have started loving them. I add a paneer-capsicum filling in between and some cheddar on top. It tastes brilliant.

  2. Perfect review for this time. Quarantine plus navratras ! Trying out the corn potato recipe today !
    Thank you

  3. Jaishree Nair says

    I love making bharwa aloo at home and I use the inner core of the leftover potatoes to make a ‘aloo bharta’ with spring onions. Its so tasty and no wastage also.


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