Bombay Potatoes


A yummy Indian side dish, Bombay potatoes are vegan, super simple to make, and family friendly to boot. I have lived in both India and the UK, where this is a popular dish, and this is the one Indian dish that I make that tastes super authentic.

close up view of Bombay Potatoes served with fish and vegetables on a plate
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste (Optional)

  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 3 tablespoons minced onion


  1. Place cubed potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once water is boiling, cook until potatoes are just tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain well and set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and heat until they start to pop. Add turmeric, coriander, cayenne pepper, and salt. Cook and stir until spices are fragrant, up to 1 minute, watching carefully so spices do not burn. Add onion and cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Add drained potatoes to the skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Cook and stir to thoroughly coat the potatoes with the spice mixture. Taste and season with more salt, if desired. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

For additional flavor, you can add ginger and/or garlic paste at the same time as adding the onion.

You can add about 1/3 cup frozen peas to the potatoes during the last 3 minutes of boiling, then continue with the recipe as directed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

268 Calories
11g Fat
39g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 268
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Sodium 305mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 43mg 215%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 947mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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