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Shan Diwali Breakfast – Achari Aloo -

Breakfast for Diwali has to be special and especially when you live abroad, and Diwali falls on a Sunday. It means that you have the luxury of time to indulge in a delicious treat to start your day.

It means that you can eat whatever you want to without feeling guilty about over doing it. Because if you can’t get chubby during Diwali when can you. And we all know there is nothing more luxurious than a deep fried bread (Pooris) with a Potato gravy. And since I have been collaborating with “Shan Foods” I decided to use their “Achar Gosht” masala for the Potatoes rather than doing the typical Tomato based Potato curry that I usually make.


Achar means Pickle, so the spice mix is a standard pickling spice mix commonly used with meat. However, since it was Diwali and we did not want to have Non-vegetarian food, I decided to use Potatoes instead, and I must admit the Potatoes were a revelation. They were tangy, mildly spicy, delicious and tasted oh so good.



The fluffed up pooris perfect to scoop up the Potatoes and the hot cup of Masala Chai made up for a good way to start the festive day.

Recipe (Cooking time 20 minutes, serves 6)
7 – 8 large Potatoes

One large Onion finely chopped

One or Two green chilies finely chopped

One tsp freshly grated Ginger (do not use store bought paste)

½ packet of Shan Achar Gosht Masala

One tsp Turmeric powder

Salt for seasoning (The masala already has Salt, so I added Salt only in the end after I had tasted the cooked dish to ensure I was not overdoing the Salt)

Two tsp Vegetable Oil

Freshly chopped Coriander

One tsp Mustard seeds

Ten Curry leaves

Boil the Potatoes till done, remove the skin and chop into bite sized pieces

Heat vegetable oil in a pan and add the Mustard seeds, Curry leaves and Ginger.

Add the Potatoes and cook for a few minutes.

Sprinkle the Shan masala and Turmeric powder coating the Potatoes well.

Cook on a low heat, occasionally stirring the Potatoes so they don’t burn for 10 minutes.

Once done check the Seasoning and add Salt if needed, sprinkle a lot of fresh Coriander and serve with Pooris or Roti’s.

Tip: You can use Red Chili Powder, Coriander Powder and Amchur powder as a mix if you cannot find the masala.

If you really want to indulge yourself, you can boil and then deep fry the potatoes till they are crispy and then follow the steps above. Drizzle some yogurt on top at the time of serving and you have delicious Aloo Chat.