Aalu Bhunjia – RCI Bihar


For this Month’s RCI-Cuisine of Bihar  hosted by Sangeeta of Ghar ka Khana,I decided to make simple and authentic Bhirai Bhunjia(Dry crispy curry) using aloo, for which we need a mixture of 5 spice called Panchforan/Panchapurna. This is the first time I used this spice  and really liked the crunch of it with aloo. Read about Bhunjia here.

I followed the recipe of Mohita Prasad from Bawarchi.com.

Here is how I made Aalu Bhunjia

3 Potatoes – Thinly sliced and skin removed 

Turmeric powder, red chilli powder, corriender- cumin powder 1 tsp of each.

For Panchaforan/5 spice

  1.  Saunf/Fennel Seeds
  2.  Sarson/Mustard seeds
  3. Methi/Fenugreek seeds
  4. Ajwain/Carom seeds
  5. Mangraila/Nigella seeds/Onion seeds  ( 1tsp of each mixed together)
  •  Heat oil in a pan  add about 2 tsb of panchforan/5 spice mix and add potatoes and fry untill crisp on outside. Takes about 5- 7 minutes on med- high heat. 
  • Add all the spice powders, salt mix well . This is how I made Aalu Bhunjia.


   Along with Bhunjia I made channadal curry and mooli methi paratha .

For ChannaDal curry-Cook 1/2 cup of channa dal till soft. Chop onion ,tomatoes and green chilles and do the tempering  with oil and mustard seeds. Saute veggies and add to cooked channa dal. Adjust salt to taste.

For Mooli-Methi Paratha– 2 cups of Whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup of grated white raddish/mooli and 2 tbsp of dried fenugreek leaves/ methi leaves. Mix everthing together with little salt and chilli power with enough water to make to stiff dough.  Make parathas.

We enjoyed our rustic Bhirai meal.


14 Responses to “Aalu Bhunjia – RCI Bihar”

  1. Rajitha Says:

    yumm…i have been looking at mohita’s recipe too..to get some ideas 😉

  2. Asha Says:

    That is one good mouthwatering Thali Madhu! Except Lalonji, I like the Panch Phoran masala. Great entry!:))
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. sia Says:

    slurp… thali looks delicious 🙂

  4. bindiya Says:

    This is soo good, love potatoes in all forms!

  5. Namratha Says:

    Fabulous Madhu, yummy thali…loved the Alu dish 🙂

  6. Latha Says:

    yummy looking madhu! the aloo looks so crisp..wish i could take a bite 🙂

  7. Lakshmi Says:

    umm…delicious bunjias. I love them actually I finish mush faster than chapathi. 🙂

  8. Happy Cook Says:

    Wow the alu dish looks superb. I would love to have them. Going to try them once.

  9. lathanarasimhan Says:

    Nice entry for the event! Liked the aloo recipe very much! 🙂

  10. ajit chouhan Says:

    badi nimaan ba 🙂

  11. Arvind Says:

    Badi badhiya lag ho….

  12. Ripudaman Says:

    Really a very good dish of Bihar (really a mouthwatering) 🙂

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