Punjabi Aloo Wadiyan | Amritsari Alu Wadi

Punjabi Aloo Wadiyan | Amritsari Alu Wadi

I love side dishes and accompaniments such as pickles, chutneys, podis, papads, and vadis. In fact, I tend to eat more of them than the main dish. So when I can make a dish that uses one of this as the main ingredient, you can understand that my joy knows no bounds (if you pardon the hyperbole 🙂 ).

A couple of weeks ago Nikita got me Mangodis and Amritsari Wadis. I promptly used the Mangodis in Matar ka Nimona. Nikita gave me the idea of making Bhuga Chawal with it and that is next on the menu. In the meanwhile I chanced upon this recipe for Punjabi Aloo Wadiyan (also called Amritsari Alu Wadi at times) and so made this ASAP. This is a dish where deep-fried Amritsari Wadiyan (sun-dried udad dal wadis) are cooked together with potatoes and spices to make for a wonderful side dish.

In Andhra too, we have a tradition of adding vadiyalu to dishes. One of my favourites is Vanakaya Bangala Dumpa Mudda Kura with Gummidikaya Vadiyalu. This is a curry made with mashed brinjals and potatoes with deep-fried ash-gourd vadis added to it.

Coming back to this wonderful dish of Punjabi Aloo Wadiyan, I loved the contrast in textures of the soft boiled potato with the slight crunch of the deep fried Amritsari Wadiyan. To my surprise, the waidyan retained their crunch despite being pressure cooked along with all other ingredients.

How to Make Punjabi Aloo Wadiyan | Amritsari Alu Wadi

Punjabi or Amritsari Aloo Wadiyan
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Amritsari Aloo Wadi or Punjabi Aloo Wadiyan is a wonderful curry made with boiled potatoes and deep-fried Amritsari Wadi, which is a sun-dried fritter made with black gram or udad dal. I loved the contrasting textures and of course, the typical Punjabi taste.
Course: Curry, Main
Cuisine: Indian, Punjabi
Servings: 4
Author: Aruna
  • 8 to 10 Amritsari Wadi My wadi were about an 1" size
  • 4 Medium Sized Potatoes
  • 2 Medium Sized Onions
  • 2 Medium Sized Tomatoes
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Grated Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Kasuri Methi
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala or Kitchen King Masala
  • 3/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/3 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tbsp Oil - 2 + To deep-fry the wadiyan
  • Salt to Taste
The Preparations
  1. Deep fry the Amritsari Wadiyan.
  2. Break into smaller pieces, if required. Set aside.
  3. Peel the potatoes. Cut into thick wedges about 2" long.
  4. Chop the tomatoes to fine pieces.
  5. Peel and chop the onions to fine pieces.
  6. Chop the green chillies to fine pieces.
Method to Make Punjabi or Amritsari Aloo Wadiyan
  1. Heat 2 tbsp of oil.
  2. Add cumin seeds and stir-fry for a few seconds till the cumin seeds start to change colour.
  3. Add grated ginger and green chillies.
  4. Stir-fry for a few seconds.
  5. Add the onion and stir-fry till transparent.
  6. Add the fried Amritsari Wadiyan and kasuri methi.
  7. Stir-fry for a few seconds.
  8. Add the potato pieces and stir-fry for 3 to 5 minutes.
  9. Add the finely chopped tomatoes.
  10. Stir-fry till the tomato pieces are well-stewed.
  11. Add the cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala/kitchen king masala, salt, and turmeric.
  12. Mix well.
  13. Add enough water to cover the potatoes and wadiyan.
  14. Cook covered, while stirring occasionally, till the potatoes are soft.
    Pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  15. Serve hot with rice or rotis.


Punjabi Aloo Wadiyan | Amritsari Alu Wadi



  1. Back in India we always were buying those wadis whenever visit Amritsar. They just taste amazing with aloo in the curry. Glad you made and enjoyed them.

  2. My Mum used to use wadiyan in her cooking, as my nanima was from Rajsthan, but I don’t, I know I should. Potatoes with wadiyan, a great combination and looks so inviting also wadiyan adds bit of protein to this heavy carb potatoes.

  3. This looks amazing and I share your love for all the side dishes you have stated above. I am yet to try a wadi ki sabzi and I hope to find a good batch. God bless such friends who get such treats for you. Life wouldnt be the same without them, isn’t it?

  4. Reminded me of my daddi, she was fond of cooking wadiyan. I’ve cooked them once but not with potatoes. Your recipe sounds delicious, will try it your way next time.

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