Chatpate Aloo (Spicy Stir-Fry Potatoes)

Chatpate Aloo (Spicy Stir-Fry Potatoes)

Chatpate Aloo (Spicy Stir-Fry Potatoes)

Chatpate Aloo or spicy stir-fry potatoes is a tangy and delicious spicy dish. These Stir-fried potatoes with green chili and tamarind give a very unique flavor. Chatpate Aloo is perfect as a delicious appetizer or you can serve them as a side dish with any meal.
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 3 cups potatoes boiled peeled and cubed in byte size
  • 4 tablespoons oil, I like canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, jeera
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons green chili finely chopped, adjust to your taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flake
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded ginger
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste (do not use concentrated Tamarind)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons water


  • Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Oil is the right temperature when cumin seeds crack immediately after being put in the pan.
  • Add cumin seeds after seeds crack add potatoes and sprinkle the salt over potatoes.
  • Stir-fry until potatoes are light golden brown this should take about 6-7 minutes. Add ginger, green chilies and chili flakes. Stir for about a minute.
  • Add tamarind paste, and sugar mix it well. Add water as needed about 2-3 tablespoons. Potatoes should be moist.
  • Turn off the heat and add cilantro. Mix it well and serve chatpata aloo hot.
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Chatpate Aloo Fry Recipe: Spicy Potatoes 

Chatpate Aloo is a delightful dish featuring sautéed potatoes seasoned with a tantalizing blend of spices. This recipe is perfect for various occasions including appetizers, gluten-free diets, lunch box suggestions, quick & easy meals, snacks, and especially suits vegan and vegetarian preferences. The potatoes are cooked to perfection, creating a crispy exterior while remaining tender inside. Bursting with flavor, Chatpate Aloo offers a satisfying experience with its spicy and aromatic profile, making it a popular choice among those seeking a delicious and wholesome dish.

  1. Preparing the Potatoes 

To begin making the chatpate aloo fry, start by washing and peeling the potatoes. Cut them into small cubes or slices, depending on your preference. This step is crucial as it ensures even cooking and allows the flavors to penetrate the potatoes evenly. Chatpate aloo fry is all about the spicy and tangy flavors, so make sure to cut the potatoes into bite-sized pieces for maximum flavor impact.

  1. Frying the Potatoes 

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds to it. Once the cumin seeds start to splutter, add the diced potatoes to the pan. Fry the potatoes on medium heat until they turn golden brown and crispy on the edges. This step is essential as it gives the chatpate aloo fry its characteristic texture and crunchiness. Make sure to stir the potatoes occasionally to ensure even frying.

  1. Adding Spices 

Once the potatoes are fried to perfection, it’s time to add the spices. Sprinkle turmeric powder, red chili powder, and chatpate masala over the fried potatoes. Adjust the quantity of spices according to your taste preferences. The chatpate masala is the star ingredient of this dish, adding a unique blend of tangy and spicy flavors to the chatpate aloo fry. Stir well to coat the potatoes evenly with the spices.

  1. Seasoning and Garnishing 

Next, add salt to taste and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the chatpate aloo fry. The lemon juice adds a refreshing tanginess to the dish, balancing out the heat from the spices. Garnish the dish with freshly chopped cilantro leaves for a burst of freshness and color. Cilantro not only enhances the visual appeal of the dish but also adds a subtle herbaceous flavor that complements the spicy potatoes perfectly.

  1. Serving 

Once the chatpate aloo fry is ready, transfer it to a serving platter and serve hot. This spicy potato dish is perfect as a side dish or snack and pairs well with roti, naan, or rice. You can also enjoy it on its own as a delicious and flavorful appetizer. Serve it with your favorite chutney or dip for an extra kick of flavor. Whether you’re entertaining guests or craving a spicy snack, chatpate aloo fry is sure to satisfy your taste buds with its bold and irresistible flavors.


To make the chatpate aloo fry even spicier, you can add finely chopped green chilies along with the spices.

For added crunchiness, you can coat the potatoes in a thin layer of cornstarch before frying them.

If you don’t have chatpate masala on hand, you can make your own by combining equal parts of chaat masala, amchur (dried mango powder), and black salt.


Chatpate Aloo Chaat: Turn this chatpate aloo fry into a delicious chaat by topping it with yogurt, tamarind chutney, tomatoes, and sev (crispy chickpea noodles).

Chatpate Aloo Sandwich: Use the chatpate aloo fry as a filling for sandwiches along with some mint chutney and sliced vegetables for a spicy and satisfying meal.


Potatoes are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, and B vitamins.

The spices used in chatpate aloo fry, such as turmeric and red chili powder, have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Lemon juice adds vitamin C to the dish, which boosts immunity and aids in digestion.

Cilantro is rich in antioxidants and may help lower blood sugar levels and improve heart health.


Q: Can I make chatpate aloo fry ahead of time? 

A: While chatpate aloo fry is best enjoyed fresh and hot, you can prepare the fried potatoes in advance and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, reheat the potatoes in a pan and add the spices and seasonings.

Q: Can I use sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes? 

A: Yes, you can definitely use sweet potatoes to make chatpate aloo fry. Sweet potatoes add a slightly sweet and earthy flavor to the dish, which pairs well with the spicy and tangy seasonings.

Q: Is chatpate aloo fry spicy? 

A: Yes, chatpate aloo fry is meant to be spicy, thanks to the addition of red chili powder and chatpate masala. However, you can adjust the level of spiciness according to your taste preferences by reducing the amount of chili powder or omitting it altogether.

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35 thoughts on “Chatpate Aloo (Spicy Stir-Fry Potatoes)

  1. Manjulaji,

    Thank you so much for these invaluable recipes! My family and I very much so enjoyed these potatoes last night. Your recipes are simple to understand and yet truly authentic. Thank you again for sharing these with the community.

    Many Blessings

  2. I too was only able to find concentrated tamarind. I saw above you said to use “very little” but I was hoping you could offer more specific guidance. Would one teaspoon work?

  3. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe . It’s now my favourite potato dish! I’ve tried a few of your recipes and they’ve all turned out fantastic !

  4. I enjoy all recipes and cooking. You have tons of patience!!! Thanks and God bless. Please give more of namkin / easy snack recipes and easy gulabjambu recipe as in US we Don’t get Nava/Kubota, where we live.

  5. Just wanted to check whether it should be 2 tablespoon tamarind paste or tomato paste, as tomato is not mentioned in the list of ingredients but is in the method.

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