Khatay Aloo


Khatay aloo or sweet and sour potatoes are a Pakistani specialty enjoyed as a snack and even as a main meal.


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 kg potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoon tamarind pulp
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 green chillies, sliced
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Soak tamarind in hot water for 15 minutes. Squeeze and take out pulp.
  2. Wash, peel and cut potato in cubes.
  3. Heat oil and add mustard seeds. Cook for about 30 seconds till they splutter.
  4. Add turmeric, red chili powder and coriander and saute.
  5. Add potatoes and saute.
  6. Add salt and water and cook for about 10 minutes.
  7. Add tamarind pulp, brown sugar and sliced chilies, and stir.
  8. Cover and simmer on low heat till potatoes are tender.
  9. Serve hot with green chilies on top for garnish.

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