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.


  1. Drool worthy,love the flavor..yummy potatoes.

  2. Delicious love this spice mixture.

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

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

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

  6. Simple with full of flavors,lov it

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

  8. I love potatoes made in any way

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

  10. I love panch phoran, nice flavorful curry..

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

  12. Thank you all for all your lovely comments :)

  13. Potatoes flavor packed what more to ask for.

  14. Potatoes flavor packed what more to ask for.


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