Monday, 17 December 2012

Panch Phoron Aloo | Potatoes tempered with 5 spices

In Bengali, paanch means five and phoron means spice.  Panch Phoron - also known as panch puran, panchphoran is a spice blend that consists of 5 spices in equal quantity.  It is generally used in Bengali, Assamese and Oriya cuisine.

It is mainly used for tempering and used as a whole and never ground or used as powder.

Panch Phoron has the following spices:

Fenugreek (methi)
Nigella seeds (kalonji/kalo jeera or onion seeds)
Cumin seeds (jeera)
Mustard seeds (rai or shorshe)
Fennel seeds (saunf or mouri)

Panch phoron Aloo


  • Potatoes - 4 medium
  • Panch Phoron - 1 tsp
  • Red chillies - 2
  • Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - As per taste
  • Oil - 1 tbsp

How To Prepare Panch Phoron Aloo:

  • Wash and peel the potatoes and cut them into small cubes.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and add the panch phoron. When it starts to splutter and change color, it gives out a good aroma.  Add the red chillies, potatoes, turmeric and mix well and fry till the potatoes start turning brown around the edges.
  • Add red chilli powder and salt, mix well and let it cook for 2 minutes.
  • Then add about 1-2 cups of water, keep the flame low and let the potatoes cook for about 7-8 minutes or till the potatoes are cooked.
  • Tastes yumm with parathas or puris.


Suja Manoj said...

Drool worthy,love the flavor..yummy potatoes.

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious love this spice mixture.

Beena.stephy said...


Sanoli Ghosh said...

Nice colour and delicious potato curry. Goes well with paratha or puri.

Shanavi said...

Love the masala hema, good texture ,consistency..Sooper.Thanks for ur valuable comment on my post dear

Julie said...

Interesting flavors of five spices,Delicious:)
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Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious dear..Join me in Fast Food Event - Poha in my blog .

Kitchen Queen said...

Lovely dish.

vrinda said...

Simple with full of flavors,lov it

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Flavorful yummy potatoes..

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Very flavorful and yummy curry...I love the paanch phoran tadka

Saraswathi Tharagaram said...

flavourful curry..YUM

John Smith said...

I love potatoes made in any way

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Delicious and quick! Will love to try it soon :)

Hema said...

I love panch phoran, nice flavorful curry..

kala said...

So yummyyyyyy

Nagashree said...

I love panch phoran and use it in Dal recipes often. The potato curry looks delicious.

Hima bindu said...

Thank you all for all your lovely comments :)

Vidhya said...

Potatoes flavor packed what more to ask for.

Vidhya said...

Potatoes flavor packed what more to ask for.

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