Jeera Aloo for a Laddu Kid’s Birthday

Before you start writing a comment to congratulate us for this beautiful creation, let me tell you that though I wish he is mine, this doll is created by Sis and Jiju. My dear nephew Aryan is celebrating his fourth birthday today 😀

Though we are in two continents and I cannot make it there to be in time for his party, I am celebrating his Birthday by making his favorite dish. When I first saw him all wrapped up and sleeping, I could almost cry with joy. All mom’s out there, all kids are special but please excuse me today, to give all these titles to Ari for his Birthday.

I saw him after almost a year when I visited Sis and BIL last year and he had learnt to perfectly say “Chithi” (aunty) in many different ways, with many tunes and pitches. The first day I was there, he woke up, still wrapped in his teddy blanket and wanted to play “kanoom kanoom tooch” ( Hide and seek).

His mischiefs are not biting someone or hitting someone, but all very well thought and technical. He hit books at an early age and we have to read him a book every night before putting him to bed. That is one lovely moment I enjoyed every day. All tucked in and sleepy, he will still wait for the story to end. If you hurry up, he remembers the words and he will recite them and will make you repeat :)

Few days later when I was baby sitting him, he wanted to go to the nearby play area. I took him to the small park and he said he wanted to go to the big park. I told him I don’t know the route and he said ” You can carry me and I will take you there”. I made a quick call to Sis only to be assured that he can perfectly find his way around the neighborhood. Not one block or two, a whole 3 km stretch. And all the way, he was telling me which shop sold what, gave a tour of a pet shop with a complete aquarium and which buildings were banks! And if you are wondering yes, he took me to the big park and took me back home too (who was escorting who??)

Aloo, taro root and bitter gourd(yes) are his favorite veggies. One day when Sis made Bitter Gourd Dal and we were having a family dinner. He said ,” Aunty, all these vegetables are healthy, come eat with me” and kept feeding me little spoons of bitter gourd. Now I don’t eat BG, but I could not refuse and set a wrong example. My entire family had a hearty laugh seeing me swallowing bitter gourd and still putting up a smile on my face.

I made this Jeera Aloo for him when I was there(a less spicy version).

Yellow Potatoes- 3
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Salt- To taste
Turmeric Powder- 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder- 3/4 tsp
Coriander seed powder- 1/2 tsp
Corn Flour- 1/2 tsp
Canola Oil/ Vegetable oil- 2 tbsp


Wash the potatoes, peel the skin and dice them into 1″ pieces(You can also cut them into long slices).

Add 1/4 tsp salt to a pot of water, boil the potatoes for 5-6 minutes just so that they are beginning to cook but not completely cooked, drain and keep aside.

Mix salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and cornflour together.

In a frying pan, add oil and cumin seeds. When it sizzles, add the spice powder, stir well and mix with the oil, add the boiled potatoes and mix everything together. Toss well to coat evenly.

Cook on a medium-high flame for 8-10 minutes or till the potatoes turn golden brown(but not burnt). Serve hot with rice or rotis.

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24 Comments to “Jeera Aloo for a Laddu Kid’s Birthday”

  1. Asha says:

    I almost congratulated you: 😀

    He is cute! Can’t believe he eats and likes BG. Wish my kids are like that, they don’t even like vegetarian food! 😛

    Taro dish looks good, never tasted Taro before. Saints won! YAY!!!

  2. Priya says:

    Loved reading and knowing more about Arya (loved the bittergourd part..poor u r dear)..Wishing him a beautiful and fantastic birthday, may this birthday brings him more health and many more beautiful things…

    Jeera aloo liiks incredible and fantastic……

  3. Rujuta says:

    Hi…… Aww……. what a sweet, cute post and what a sweetu and cutu nephew you have……. God Bless Him and Wish Him Many Many Happy Returns of the Day to little Aryan…….
    Loved reading about him :))

  4. PJ says:

    Jeera aalo is my favorite too.. so I have something in common with your nephew! Loved reading about him. It can be a bit tough when your loved ones are so far away from you and on any such special occasions is when you miss them the most.

  5. Cham says:

    Poor gal I imagine ur face eating BG! Happy Birthday to Aryan :) I cannot believe he eats BG, great!
    The jeera aloo looks yummy!

  6. aruna says:

    Interesting read and the kid is adorable!

  7. Bday wishes to Aryan,lucky to have an aunt like you….was really nice reading abt him,kids are really very cute and their innocent talks make them still more cute and life is really very enjoyable when they are around….precious gift by god…..i hope he enjoyed his day..and might be missing u as well….jeera aloo looks delicious and quiet easy too,will try this one next time…

  8. Wishing the little one a very happy birthday!!!! May this birthday brings him load of happiness and good health.
    Jeera aloo looks delicious:)

  9. Rujuta says:

    are you on twitter?

  10. Sayantani says:

    lovely write up Ruchika and it reflects how much you miss him. thats a very sweet boy hope he enjoys his day a lot. the dish is very tempting. who could say no to Potato?

  11. indosungod says:

    Ruchika, see a tiny kid has to teach you about bitter gourd. But again you are sweet to have eaten them for dear little nephew’s sake. These aloo are too good to resist.

  12. Jagruti says:

    lovely post and b’day wish to lil one…jeera aloo is our family favorite..

  13. simplyfood says:

    Birthday wishes to Aryan the birthday boy.The aloo look delicious.

  14. ruchikacook says:

    Thank you Ladies! I’ll convey your wishes to him.

  15. Oraphan says:

    Happy Birthday to Aryan! He is so adorable and sounds like a very smart boy. You are such a proud auntie, aren’t you? The fried potatoes look so yummy, Mmm!!!

  16. prathibha says:

    first time here…u hv alovely space dear…Birthday wishes to that boy…wat ever u expressed I also feel the same thing for my niece,…lovely jeera aloo

  17. Hey happy bday to your nephew… and he is so lucky to have an aunt like you to make his fav aloo jeera… Hope you had fun talking to him and letting him know u made his fav!!! Aloo jeera, oh my fav too make it for me when its my turn 😉

  18. Joanne says:

    This post is adorable! You are the best aunt ever. First, for eating the bitter gourd even though you don’t like it. Second, for regaling your nephew with all of these loving comments. And third, for making this delicious dish adn sharing it with us!

  19. Shri says:

    Aren’t kids sweet and smart?My 2 yr old tells me which way to go to her toy store..At the end of the day they do make you smile…I enjoyed reading your post…thoroughly!

  20. SE says:

    Loads of b’day wishes to Aryan, Muuuaaah !!!!!! You sure are a great aunt, while reading all I could think was of the movie, Baby’s Day Out, with reading a book and going to park !!!..Jeera aalo is all time favorite..!! hey and you are welcome to feature the event logo !!!

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  22. srikitchen says:

    ur son is so cute!
    jeera aloo looks so yum!

  23. Sheetal says:

    Awww… he sounds like such a cute, little munchkin! LOL … it was funny how he led you around town, and can just imagine all the little chit-chat on the way! Belated birthday to the little one!! My three-morsel-eater is going to love your version of potatoes, she loves potatoes in any form… and this sounds so perfectly, yummy!

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