Indian Railway Aloo curry | one pot potato curry

Indian railway aloo curry

If you are one for the wind on your face kind of long journey that is not a drive, you should try the Indian railways. It has always been the most satisfying journey. The long-distance trains are a whole experience of making friends from different parts of the country, country music, sharing food and of course the chugging of the train to match this rhythm.

How I became this train addicted?

Both my parents worked in institutions that afforded them an LTC every couple of years. They loved and looked forward to these days of travel. Since the train was the mode of travel and flights were not a norm, we enjoyed long travels on endless trains and buses. They meticulously research,  plan and make all the bookings without Google to help. This is how we managed some memorable travel. Now every time I go back, I love to have something short to do with them on the trains.

Experiencing food from the Indian railways.

The railways have their in-house catering (pantry) that dishes out trays of hot food. In long-distance journeys, this becomes the main support for people who cannot carry food for 2 to 3 days at a stretch. The food is not completely prepared on board, but rather sourced from different caterers at main stations and then distributed to the passengers. This brings in regional variations to the food that you get between these three days.
Then you have the quick eats and snacks that get sold on the platforms by hawkers along with incessant call-outs for sweet tea and coffee. These two means of food keep the travellers happy and the conversation flowing to the rhythm of the train.
During one such travel is when my father sourced pooris and this aloo curry for the rather difficult teen me. I don’t know whether it is the special train hunger or the journey itself that appealed to me about this combo I have loved it for a lifetime now.

Ingredients for this railway aloo curry

The aloo curry is rather a simple basic curry recipe. However, the memories associated with it make me always look at it as comfort. This one-pot curry relies on the following ingredients.
Potatoes: I have used an all-rounder white potatoes to make this recipe. You can use red-skinned or Yukon gold potatoes too to make this recipe.
For the masala base: The curry is on an onion – tomato base gravy, very much like the classic Indin curry paste, buna masala. This involves, ginger, garlic, onion and crushed tomatoes. 
Spices and flavourings: though this is not a spicy curry but the coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder and garam masala along with salt and lemon juice flavour in this recipe.

The recipe card below has step-by-step detailed instructions to make this railway aloo curry. Hope you like this recipe and will let us know when you make this curry. 

What to serve with this one-pot potato curry?

There is no doubt this potato curry tastes amazing with pooris. However, steamed rice,  cooked millets or spinach phulkas taste splendid. Add a chickpea salad on the side to complete the meal.

railway aloo curry.

Railway aloo curry

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course, Traditional
Cuisine Autumn, gluten free, Indian, Pressure cooker
Servings 4 people


  • Pressure cooker


For the masala base.

  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 small Onion peeled and chopped.
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup tomato crushed.
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1.5 cups water

the potatoes

  • 3-4 large potatoes Washed.


  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves chopped.


  • Wash and chop the tomatoes and crush them.
  • Scrub and wash the potatoes.
  • Cut them into chunks and set it aside.
  • Set the pressure cooker on medium heat.
  • Add the oil and cumin seeds.
  • As they crackle add the garlic, and onions to saute.
  • When the onions turn translucent, add the tomatoes.
  • Mix well and let them saute for a couple on minutes and cook off.
    tomato puree added.
  • Add the salt, cumin powder, chilli powder, garam masala and saute well.
    Aloo curry base.
  • Once this masala mix starts leaving the sides and the water and the potatoes.
  • Pressure cook this for 3 whistles or on medium for 10 minutes.
    Indian pressure cooker recipe
  • Let the pressure release naturally.
  • Open the cooker and gently mash a few potatoes to add thickness to the curry.
  • Adjust the salt and mix well.
  • Stir in the chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
    Indian railway aloo curry
Keyword curry recipes, Indian vegetarian dinner, potato recipes
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The Shh cooking secretly blogger group is one I regularly participate in for the challenge they provide. This time it was my turn to pick a theme. I miss travelling a lot. Especially the train ones and was advised against it during my recent visit. This thought prompted me to at least dig up those treasured travel treats as railway recipes. My partner Mayuri prepared the essential South Indian classic travel essential, lemon rice. This recipe for aloo curry will pair well with the lemon rice too.

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My hunger existed only when we were on train travels with my parents. The bhindi pulao we shared earlier was one my mum made for travels. Hope you will try this railway aloo curry too. Please do share comments and rate the recipe as you try it. It will be a pleasure to invite you to check out our Instagram and Facebook too.
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Mayuri Patel
1 year ago
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Seema, I have had the opportunity to enjoy many meals on the Indian Railways and simply love them. One time we didn’t take any food with us and the train didn’t serve any. However, travellers sharing our compartment shared their meal with us. Aloo curry is one sabji that vegetarians get to enjoy on the trains. Love it.

1 year ago

[…] travels past to zero in on a recipe we could showcase. Seema prepared this absolutely delicious Indian Railways Aloo Curry for the theme which you have got to check […]

1 year ago
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hey same pinch 🙂 I made the version we had at Agra/ Jaipur sans onion and garlic and this railway theme surely evoked a LOT of nostalgia thanks to you 🙂 the curry looks fantastic with roti / rice

Jayashree T.Rao
1 year ago
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I remember the aloo curry served during travelling. A simple yet flavoursome dish to pair with chapathi or rice. Nice theme Seema.

1 year ago
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Love aloo curry and especially when you are on the train with your friends and family. Sharing such delicious food, this curry can be enjoyed with almost anything, be it bread, rice, puri, or paratha.

1 year ago
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Aloo curry looks very tasty seema, gravy color looks very tempting. Poori and this aloo curry is one most loved combination for us, loved it.

Preeti Shridhar
1 year ago
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Seema, your Aloo Curry looks delicious. I remember having bought this sometimes from the station, whenever we ran short of sabzi. Enjoyed it with homemade Ajwain Pooris I can still feel that taste.

Priya Iyer
1 year ago
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What a simple but flavourful aloo curry! Love that this curry requires just a handful of ingredients and the way you have prepared this in a pressure cooker. I would be happy to mop it all up with some rotis. 🙂

1 year ago
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Love aloo based curry !!!! This aloo curry looks very tasty, the color looks very tempting.

1 year ago
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Carrying home cooked was mandatory when we used to travel by train. Aloo curry was one of the dishes that was on the menu. Making new friends and sharing food with them was so easy . Now it s been a while since I traveled by train and have heard railways food is also good. Can’t wait to travel by train soon.

1 year ago
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Love this railway aloo curry with perfect blend of masala. Looks so delicious and tempting.

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