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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Aloo Bhorta ~ Bangladeshi Comfort Food Recipe

Alu Ka Bharta Bangladeshi Cuisine
Aloo Bhorta

Aloo Bhorta
Aloo Bhorta

I am here with a recipe for Aloo Bhorta for this month's Muslim Food Bloggers Challenge with the theme as 'Bangladeshi Cuisine'. I really had no idea of the recipe I wanted to prepare, as we rarely think of going out of the way and prepare a dish which we have not even tasted much. Before selecting any recipe for my blog, I always keep my readers in mind who expect an easy recipe with all the ingredients that are easily accessible. I scanned through a number of recipes and then stumbled upon Aloo Bhorta which is known to be a Bangladeshi comfort food. 

Aloo Bhorta resembles a lot with Aloo Bhujia or Paliya which is served along with a Masala Dosa. Apparently, Aloo Bhorta is served as a side dish along with rice and curry. I had never tasted this dish anytime before, but the reason I got hooked on it was mainly due to my niece Faiza. This was when she happened to taste a Hyderabadi version of this dish called Alu Ka Bharta in a wedding buffet. The way she described the dish I could assume that it was a simple and flavorful mashed potato dish with minimal spices. 

If you really want to relish the Bangladeshi Aloo Bhorta, do not skip the mustard oil. Mustard oil is a primary ingredient in most of the Bengali dishes, be it fish seafood, meat, chicken or vegetables. I also liked the garlicky flavor in Aloo Bhorta with fiery red chilies and the crunch from raw onion.  

Aloo Bhorta
Aloo Bhorta

Aloo Bhorta ~ Bangladeshi Comfort Food Recipe

A Bangladeshi version of mashed potato with garlicky flavor served as side dish with rice.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 - 30 minutes
1 cup = 250 ml capacity
Serves 4


3 medium size potatoes (boiled & grated)
4 cloves of garlic
5 dry red chilies
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 small onion sliced (for frying)
2 tablespoon mustard oil
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
2 tablespoon ghee


1. Boil potatoes and grate.
2. Heat mustard oil in a small pan till it starts to smoke. When the smell of oil reduces, add chopped garlic and dry red chilies. Fry for few minutes cools and grind to a smooth paste.
3. In the same pan fry, 1 small onion sliced till soft and light brown.
4. Take a large bowl and add grated potatoes, garlic and red chili paste, fried onion, 1/2 cup finely chopped raw onion, chopped coriander leaves and salt.
5. Mix well till fully combined. Taste and adjust the salt.
6. Serve warm with ghee on top.


  1. Anything with aaloo is a winner! Such a simple recipe, would be lovely to eat with pooris...

  2. Potato is really a soul food!This looks so yummy and simple!Wanna try it!

  3. Looks so good!I had this in mind but then turned to dal :)

  4. I had tried this...its really a unique recipe from the regular bhaji recipes ...really loved it ..i feel we can also make cutlets from the same ..