Indian Spiced Smashed Potatoes with Mustard Ginger Tempering. Bonda like Samosa is a spiced potato snack. These smashed potatoes are topped with Bonda style tempering of ginger, chile, turmeric and mustard seeds. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe.
There are many many ways potatoes are used in Indian cuisine especially for snack options. Samosa is one of the popular snack. Bondas, Vada pav, Cutlets, patties, stuffed potato balls, mashed potato and chutney sandwiches, dabeli, masala pav, many chaat options and on and on. Most use long processes and often are deep fried. These Baked Smashed potatoes need just about 20 minutes active time and no frying! All the flavors, less work and a great looking dish!
Bonda (mashed potato fritters) are somewhat like samosas. They are bites of mashed potatoes that have been spiced with a tempering /tadka of mustard, ginger, turmeric & chile. The potatoes are rolled into bite size balls which are dipped in chickpea flour batter and fried (generally gluten-free if the restaurants use only chickpea flour). You can find a recipe for Baked Aloo bonda in my Indian Kitchen book.
I use the Bonda tempering as a dressing on these smashed potatoes. Depending on the spices used, these would be Bonda Smashed potatoes or Samosa smashed potatoes or just Indian Smashed potatoes. Love potatoes? Love Samosas or other Indian spiced snacks? Then make these addictive Crispy Spiced Smashed Potatoes! Serve these with a dash of lemon juice or with Mint Chutney or Tamarind Chutney.
Small Potatoes are pressure cooked in an Instant Pot until well cooked, then smashed, brushed with oil and baked. The tempering with ginger, garlic, chile and mustard seeds makes a flavorful garnish. For a quick version slice and bake the potato slices as canapes and add the tempering on the slices.
The dressing is amazing and steals the show here. You can out it on any roasted or steamed vegetable!
More snacks from the blog
- Samosa Potato Pinwheels
- Baked potato rice crackers – gluten-free
- Baked Maida Papdi – Cumin seed Crackers
- Moong Dal Spinach Pakoda Fritters – GF
- Potato Quinoa Patties
- Onion fritters (pakora),Tandoori tikka, Gobi manchurian, Aloo bonda (baked mashed potato fritters), Handvo (GF Lentil zucchini cakes) in the book.
If you make these, do let me know how they turned out! Please comment and rate it.
Pressure Cook or Boil the potatoes. I used Instant Pot.
Cool Smash and bake.
Make the tempering.
Top the smashed potatoes with the tempering and bake again for a few.
Serve garnished with lemon and cilantro and lemon.
- 12 small potatoes (12 to 14)
- salt & cayenne for baking
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1.5 tsp mustard seeds
- 10 fresh or frozen curry leaves omit if you dont find them, chop the leaves for extra flavor.
- 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 2 inch piece of ginger peeled and minced
- 1 hot green chile finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp turmeric (1/2 to 3/4)
- 1/4 tsp cayenne (1/4 to 1/2)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- cilantro lemon juice, salt, and mint(optional)
- Pressure cook the potatoes in enough water to cover them. Cook on manual in Instant Pot(hi pressure) for 4 to 5 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes. Let the pressure release naturally. Alternatively, add to a large saucepan with water enough to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then lower the heat to medium and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender to preference.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F / 220ºc. Peel the potatoes partially if you wish. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Smash down with a saucepan. Chop into bite size smashed pieces if the potatoes are too larger. Brush oil on the potatoes. Add a good dash of salt and cayenne on each.
Bake at 425 degrees F / 220ºc for 16 to 18 minutes. Longer for crispier potatoes.
- Meanwhile make your tempering: Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. When hot, add mustard seeds and let them start to pop. Keep a lid handy to avoid the pops hitting you. Add curry leaves, reduce heat to low or low-medium.
- Add the chopped onion, ginger, garlic, chile. (I usually roughly chopped onion, whole garlic, ginger, chile all in the processor to finely chop to reduce time).
- Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden.
- Add salt, turmeric, cayenne and mix in. Add 1/4 cup water and salt and mix in. Bring to almost a boil and Take off heat.
- Place some of the tempering on each of the smashed potato bite. Sprinkle salt. add cilantro, some chopped mint if using, and drizzle of lemon juice. Serve.
For Samosa tempering: Use 1 tsp coarsely crushed cumin seeds and 1 tsp coarsely crushed coriander seeds instead of mustard seeds. Add to the hot oil and cook for a few seconds until they change color. Add oniom, garlic, ginger, chile and continue with step 5.
For Quicker version, make spiced canapes: Slice potatoes to 1/4 inch slices, spray with oil, sprinkle salt, cayenne and bake for 25+ minutes or until tender. Top with freshly made tempering, lemon, cilantro and serve