Aloo Bharta Recipe – Irresistible 4 Ingredient Aloo Chokha

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Written by Puja

Aloo Bharta Recipe also known as Aloo ka chokha in Bihar is an Indian mashed potatoes recipe and is a combination of potato, mustard oil, whole red chili, and salt. 

This Aloo ka bharta recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients. It is a comforting, home-style recipe from Bihar. The flavors and hand-mashed texture are something that makes this recipe special. (Step-by-step-pictures)

Aloo Bharta

“Time flies and even before you realize you have lost those beautiful moments”.

Last week we happened to be at the orientation sessions in my daughter’s school. Her school had closed for the summer vacation on 8th April and will reopen on 1st June. But since we are going on a vacation to my native on the 29th, she might miss 3 weeks of classes.

It was as if yesterday that her final exam results were out and we were celebrating the start of her summer vacation and now we are days away from the start of a new session.

Me and Dilip, spent a few hours last week trying to recollect how we spent this vacation. We weren’t really satisfied with the amount of time we spent with her and blamed it on our engagements. Having said that I still feel that we could have squeezed out a little more if we had planned well.

My daughter is a computer gaming freak and she keeps playing this “Age of Empires” (a game that I have never been able to understand) along with her dad. And when she talks about Phalanx, Catapults, and Wonders, I often ask her what they were.

The expression on her face is worth watching when she senses that I am not aware of these. She smiles and explains in whatever way she can and I continue acting as if I did not understand. After a while, she would embarrassingly go away saying, “This mom doesn’t understand anything”, and I enjoyed that pitying smile of hers.

During this vacation, she spent a lot of time with her dad playing computer games and then the three of us played the game of “Monopoly”.

Then we also went out to some good places and spent some time together.

But was that all that we could do?

I still remember the way we used to spend our summer vacations. We would leave our home at 9 in the morning and would be back only at 1 in the afternoon for lunch (which too, a lot of times we would skip). Then again the next session would start at 4 in the evening and go on until 8 at night.

There were so much of physical activities back then which is something that I don’t see in the kids of today. We tried to give our daughter as much opportunity to do whatever physical activities possible.

Nevertheless, the few hours that we spent recollecting those moments made us feel as if, years were flying away. And our daughter is growing. Growing a little faster than we expected.

I turned to her and asked her, “Baby, why are you growing so fast?”

To which she responded with innocent-looking inquisitive eyes, “I too, don’t know Mom. I also don’t want to grow this fast”.

And I look at the clock which seems to be ticking a little too fast.

Anyways, I think let us get back to today’s recipe now,

Aloo Chokha

About Aloo Bharta Recipe:

Aloo Bharta is a mashed potato dish from Bihar. It has a rustic, spicy flavor. The potatoes are boiled, mashed, and mixed with spices like mustard oil and roasted dry red chili.

Try this, and I am sure, this easy potato dish will quickly become one of your favorites. To get an authentic Bihari taste, you should not skip any of the key ingredients.

This recipe can be customized to suit your tastes, for example, instead of boiling you can steam or char the potatoes, and you can add chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves, or green chilies.

Aloo ka Chokha is perfect for bachelors and for those who want to make something easy and simple as a side dish.

A combination of aloo ka chokha and roti is very close to my heart and it always reminds me of my school days because this was a regular combo that I would take in my tiffin box. It tastes just awesome. 🙂

Serving Suggestion:

Aloo Bharta Recipe which is called Aloo ka Chokha in Bihar is one of the famous recipes served along with roti, paratha, chawal ki roti, litti, and khichdi.

Storage Suggestion:

It is better to make only as much as you want since aloo ka bharta spoils easily and if you refrigerate it will become hard. But in case there is any leftover then refrigerate and consume the next day but do not reheat as there is a possibility of it spoiling especially in hot places.

Pro Tips:

Let the pressure release, only then open the pressure cooker.

Once you open the pressure, drain the water and transfer the potatoes to another plate or bowl.

Try peeling the potatoes when it is hot, to get the perfect aloo bharta texture.

After boiling the potatoes, do not put them into the water as the bharta will have a sticky and slimy texture.

Also, mash the potatoes well when it is slightly hot so that you get a nice mushy texture. But in case you are not able to mash them with your hand you can use a masher, initially, and can mash later with your hand to get the perfect texture.

Why you Should Make this Recipe:

Easy to make

Great recipe for a lazy day

It’s vegetarian and gluten-free

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Aloo Bharta Recipe – How to Make Indian Mashed Potatoes

Aloo ka bharta also known as Aloo ka chokha in Bihar is an Indian mashed potatoes recipe and is a combination of potato, mustard oil, whole red chilli and salt.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: aloo bharta recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Puja


  • 250 gms Potato boiled and peeled
  • 2 nos Dry Red Chilli
  • 1 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • Salt to tastes


  • Cook the potatoes in the pressure cooker for 2 whistles, then turn off the heat. Keep the potatoes in the cooker until the pressure has fully released.
  • In a big bowl add the boiled potatoes and mash it really well.
  • Now slightly roast the red chilli on fire directly, crush it and add it to bharta.
  • Add mustard oil and salt as well and give everything a nice mix.
  • That’s it, so the Indian mashed potato is ready to serve.
  • Serve it along with khichdi, plain paratha or roti, plain dal chawal and of course along with chawal ki roti.


Nutrition Facts
Aloo Bharta Recipe – How to Make Indian Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 516mg15%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin C 15.7mg19%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This Post was last updated on 29th January 2024.

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