PAHARI ALOO PALDA ( Potatoes in yogurt gravy)

There are so many different ways to make Palda.

We always make this yogurt-gravy based dish, when serving Pahari food. Palda is one of my brother’s favorite dishes. In my mother’s kitchen, we have two recipes for Palda – both are made with potato. There is a quick one and a cumbersome one. Both are equally delicious.

Here is the recipe for the palda that requires more effort. It is well worth the extra work.

ALOO PALDA (Pahari style  potatoes in yogurt gravy)

Serves 6-8


3 potatoes, peeled and chopped into finger fries

1 cup onions sliced

1 black cardamom

1 strip of cinnamon bark

5-6 cloves

1 teaspoon cumin seeds.

Pinch of hing ( asafetida)

2 tablespoons of raw rice and 3 green cardamoms (grind with 4 tablespoons of water)

6 cups of yogurt whisked


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee.
  • Add 1 black cardamom, 1 strip of cinnamon bark, 5-6 cloves, pinch of hing and 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds.
  • Add the sliced onions
  • Add 2 teaspoons of coriander powder, ¾ teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon garam masala and salt.
  • Add the potatoes and mix well.
  • Cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes till potatoes are almost cooked.
  • Mix the ground rice with the whisked yogurt.
  • Add the yogurt mixture to potatoes and keep stirring on medium heat till the gravy comes to a boil.
  • Let it boil additionally for 5 minutes.
  • Add salt and cilantro and serve hot.

19 thoughts on “PAHARI ALOO PALDA ( Potatoes in yogurt gravy)

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  2. Cant tell you how happy i am today finally found a himachali who is so proud to be one….saw all those recipes which we normally have at home…in a very desi way….with no mix and match purely himachali food… loved it..and thanks keep on share.

  3. I recently visited the Kangra valley and got a chance to eat n learn some of the dishes…must say the Kangri food is Awsum!!..loved every bit of it..n love these aloos too…bookmarked this super recipe….will be cooking n posting some of the valley food…would love to know a little about the desserts or sweets served there.

  4. This is what’s for lunch today! 🙂 I am going to try out all your pahari recipes one by one! “-ll check if you have a recipe for kulith here.

    • 🙂 I don’t have a recipe for Kulith but this summer I will add a lot more when I meet all my pahadi relatives!!

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  6. What do I do differently if I want to make gobi palda instead? Do I use sautee the gobi before adding the yoghurt? And should I reduce the cooking time after adding the cauliflower?

    • Ive never made it with gobhi but I would think that you would have t reduce the cooking time as it will disintegrate

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