Bombay Potatoes

An aromatic and exotic potato side…

If you’re thinking curry for dinner, Bombay potatoes should be right in tow. Chock full of exotic Indian flavors and fiery spices, they are a perfect pairing for bold curries and other hearty Indian dishes. The heat comes from many sources here: cayenne pepper, chili powder, and garam masala all add to the overall warmth. Turmeric and black mustard seeds top off the unique and exotic flavor.

Best of all, Bombay potatoes are easy to dress up in the kitchen. For instance, add sautéed onions and tomatoes for an added “from the garden” oomph. Or mix them in with scrambled eggs for an Indian-inspired hearty breakfast. They can also be paired with a simply spiced plain Greek yogurt. Try it with salt, pepper, cumin, or coriander to start. Those leftovers can truly make your next day breakfast something surprisingly special.

Looking for more potatoes with edge? Our spicy recipe index features many options to bring life to the everyday spud. Try these jalapeño popper mashed potatoes for a side of mashed that will soon become your staple. Or for something smokier, this chipotle potato salad is an excellent spicy side for barbecue and cold-cut sandwiches.

Bombay potatoes

Bombay Potatoes

Exotic and fiery – a delicious curry side
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Heat a pot of water to boil, then add the potatoes. Boil the potatoes until soft (approximately 12 to 15 minutes). Drain the potatoes and allow them to cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl, then add the olive oil and all spices. Stir to fully coat the potatoes.
  • Transfer the potatoes to the foil-lined baking sheet and place the baking sheet in the oven.
  • Roast the potatoes for 35 to 40 minutes, flipping the potatoes once at the 15 to 20 minute mark.
  • Remove from oven and transfer to a bowl. Serve immediately as a side or mix with other ingredients.


Keyword Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content. It was originally published on April 7, 2018.