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Nepalese potato and cucumber pickle salad

Published: June 16, 2022 at 4:48 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 4 as a side

This Nepalese dish (aalo ko achaea) is used as a condiment or side salad. Best served cold or at room temperature, it is perfect during spring and summer, and can be stored for up to three days in the fridge. You can add fresh, blanched peas to it as well

  • Gluten free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving

Make this Nepalese dish, then check out our Nepalese chicken choyela and Nepali spiced fruit and nut tart. You can also listen to the olive podcast on Nepalese food and read our 10 things we love about Nepalese cuisine.


  • 250g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 100g sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp garam masala (optional)
  • ¼ tsp hot chilli powder
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black peppercorns
  • 1 lime, juiced (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp timmur powder or sichuan pepper (optional)
  • 50ml sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek or cumin seeds
  • 1 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • a handful of coriander, finely chopped


  • STEP 1

    Boil the potatoes and, once cooked, drain and transfer them to a big bowl. Add the cucumber.

  • STEP 2

    In a small frying pan, toast the sesame seeds over a medium heat – stir constantly as they need to be evenly browned. Once toasted, cool slightly, then use a high-powered blender or food processor to blitz them to a powder.

  • STEP 3

    Add the ground sesame seeds, cumin, ground coriander, garam masala (if using), chilli powder, pepper, the juice of 1 lime, timmur (if using) and a big pinch of salt to the potato and cucumber mixture. Mix well.

  • STEP 4

    Heat the oil in a small pan over a high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the fenugreek seeds. Once they darken slightly, turn off the heat, then add the chillies and ground turmeric. Immediately and carefully pour this over the potato and cucumber mixture. Add the fresh coriander. Wait a few minutes for the oil to cool down, then mix well. Add 50ml-100ml of water to make it saucy. Season with salt and more lime juice, if needed.

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