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Bombay Potatoes and Peas

Bombay potatoes is a spiced potato dish made with whole spices. It can include curry leaves, different spices, peanuts, and so on. This version uses mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and peas to add some color and protein. Add some other vegetables or cooked chickpeas to make it a meal. This recipe also works well with sweet potatoes. 

From Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen copyright © 2017 by Richa Hingle. Used by permission Vegan Heritage Press.
Course Side
Cuisine Indian, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 157kcal



  • 2 teaspoons safflower or other neutral oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 small red onion , finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato , coarsely chopped
  • 7 cloves garlic , peeled
  • 1 inch knob fresh ginger , peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala , or more to taste
  • 3 medium Yukon gold potatoes , cut into 1/2-inch [1cm] pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt , or more to taste
  • 1 cup water , or more as needed
  • 1 cup peas , fresh or thawed frozen
  • 1/4 cup cilantro , finely chopped
  • Fresh lemon juice , to taste (optional)


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin and mustard seeds. Cook until the cumin seeds change color, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the onion and cook until it is translucent, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a blender, blend the tomato, garlic, and ginger into a coarse puree. Add the tomato mixture, turmeric, cayenne, coriander, ground cumin, and garam masala to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the puree thickens and the garlic is fragrant, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes, salt, and water. Cover the skillet and cook for 10 to 11 minutes. Add the peas. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for another 10 to 12 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked to your preference. Add additional water if the potatoes start to stick or if you prefer more curry. Add the cilantro and lemon juice (if using).


Notes by Melissa Huggins: I added 1 tablespoon of tomato paste right after the onions finished browning and cooked it for 30 seconds. Then I added the blended tomato mixture. This deepens the tomato flavor, but the recipe is still really flavorful without it. 


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 648mg | Potassium: 749mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 5.4mg