Nepalese Potato Salad, Aloo Sandheko

Nepalese Potato Salad Recipe

This spicy vegan potato salad is a popular dish in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, and is served at all celebrations.

It is simple to make and packs one heck of a flavour punch. Try it once and you’ll never make boring old potato salad ever again.

Serves 2-4.


500g potatoes, peeled and cubed

3 cloves garlic, cut into very thin strips

3 cm piece ginger, peeled and cut into very thin strips

1 red onion, peeled and finely sliced

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tbsp lemon juice

Salt to taste

3 tbsp mustard (or another) oil

1 tsp fenugreek seeds

2 green chillis, deseeded and sliced very fine

1 tsp ground turmeric

Handful fresh coriander, chopped


  1. Boil the potatoes in water until they are soft, then drain.
  2. In a bowl, combine the garlic, ginger, onion, chilli and lemon juice, then coat the potatoes in the mixture. Season to taste.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then add the fenugreek seeds. When they start to brown, add the green chillis and the turmeric. Cook for another minute, then add this spice mixture to the potatoes.
  4. Refrigerate to cool, then serve garnished with the coriander

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