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Aloo ko Achar: Nini’s Nepalese potato salad

Coming from Poland, I don’t have much appreciation for potatoes. They are the everyday staple food served with every lunch or dinner. As a kid, I thought there was nothing exciting about them. Living abroad exposed me to the fun part of this spud and made me re-think my childhood attitudes. The first time I tasted Aloo ko Achar: Nini’s Nepalese potato salad, I was struck by its freshness and zesty flavour. There was nothing boring about it: fresh coriander, black sesame paste`and garlic. Michael, a big potato fun, wouldn’t stop talking about it. Now, I’m sharing his admiration for this dish.

Thanks to Nini for sharing her favourite recipe!


Serves 4

Nini’s Nepalese potato salad

40 minPrep Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 3-4 potatoes, boiled
  • 3 tsp black sesame, roasted
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 tsp sunflower or ground nut oil (Personally, I skipped oil)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 handfuls of fresh coriander, chopped
  • salt


  1. Boil potatoes and cut them into medium-size cubes.
  2. Roast the sesame and grind it into a fine paste. (I used coffee grinder)
  3. Finely chop onion and coriander.
  4. In a small bowl, mix sesame paste and lemon juice.
  5. In a pan, heat ground nut or sunflower oil and when it's hot add finely chopped garlic. Fry until is golden light brown. Then add turmeric powder and stir.
  6. Add this oil mixture to the potatoes together with sesame mix, chopped onion and coriander leaves. Season with salt and the yummy potato salad is ready.

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