Aloo Bharta Recipe – How to Make Indian Mashed Potatoes

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 chilli and salt. 

aloo bharta recipe

“Time flies and even before you realized 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 vacations on 8th April and will reopen on 1st June. But since we are going on a vacation to my native on 29th, she might miss on 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 vacations and now we are days away from the start of a new session.

aloo bharta recipe

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, blame 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.

aloo bharta recipe

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 enjoy that pitying smile of hers.

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 will 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.

aloo bharta recipe

There was 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 are 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.

Aloo Bharta Recipe – How to Make Indian Mashed Potatoes

Aloo Bharta Recipe which is called as Aloo ka Chokha in Bihar is one of the famous recipes served along with plain rice and dal, plain roti or paratha, chawal ki roti and khichdi. Aloo ka bharta is an Indian mashed potatoes and is a combination of aloo, mustard oil, dry red chilli and salt. Aloo Bharta Recipe is perfect for bachelors and for those who want to make something easy and simple as a side dish.

aloo ka bharta

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
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


  • 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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