Bengali Aloo Bhorta Gets A Purple Upgrade And It’s Super Yumm; Recipe Inside

Elevate your dining experience with this Purple Aloo Bhorta!

by Mallika Khurana
Bengali Aloo Bhorta Gets A Purple Upgrade And It’s Super Yumm; Recipe Inside

Aloo Bhorta is a delightful dish that captures the essence of Bengali cuisine. This simple yet amazing dish brings together the earthy flavours of potatoes with the pungent kick of mustard oil, creating a unique and delicious experience. There was certainly no way to make this recipe better until the wonderful Chef Neha Deepak Shah decided to use purple sweet potatoes instead. The vibrant purple hue adds an appealing visual element, making it a feast for both the eyes and the palate.

Chef Neha Deepak Shah Brings Us Purple Aloo Bhorta


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What sets this dish apart is not only its beautiful colour but also the fusion of traditional Bengali flavours with a modern twist. The combination of sweet potatoes, mustard oil, and aromatic spices creates a harmonious blend that is both comforting and exciting. The inclusion of Ube, a purple yam, adds a touch of novelty to the dish, making it a delightful surprise for those familiar with more conventional bhorta recipes.

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Feast Your Senses With This Recipe

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  • 2 Purple Sweet Potatoes (or Ube)
  • 1 tablespoon Mustard Oil for cooking
  • 2 Chillies
  • 4 to 5 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 tsp Raw Onion
  • 1/2 Onion, sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Raw Mustard oil
  • 1 Small Green Chilli
  • 1 tbsp Coriander
  • Lime Juice to taste


  1. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into small cubes. Boil or steam them until just tender. Be cautious not to overcook to maintain a desirable texture.
  2. In a pan, heat mustard oil. Add chopped chillies and crushed garlic and sauté until aromatic.
  3. Add the raw onion and continue sautéing until it becomes translucent.
  4. Transfer the boiled sweet potatoes to the pan. Mash them using a spatula or the back of a spoon, incorporating them with the sautéed mixture.
  5. Add salt to taste, raw mustard oil, sliced onions, finely chopped green chilli, and coriander. Mix everything thoroughly.
  6. Squeeze lime juice over the mixture for a burst of freshness.
  7. This purple aloo bhorta pairs exceptionally well with hot dal and rice. The contrasting flavours and textures create a satisfying meal.

Purple Aloo Bhorta is a dish that brings joy to the table, showcasing the rich culinary heritage of Bengali cuisine.

Cover Image Courtesy: Canva and Neha Deepak Shah/Instagram

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