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Irish Bombay Potatoes

We guarantee you’ve never eaten curried potatoes this good - they’re the perfect fusion of Indian curry and Irish ingenuity. They will not be beaten.
Course Mains, Side
Cuisine British, Indian, Irish
Time 35 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 as a side
Calories 288kcal
Author Ciaran & HurryTheFoodUp


  • 35 oz potato (35 oz = 1 kg)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp curry paste (use your favourite. Even though I usually love food as spicy as possible, I find a milder curry paste works best here. The best is an Indian Korma or Tikka paste, if you can find them in your local Indian store.)
  • 4 tbsp oil (I’ve found vegetable oil gives best results)
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • ½ cup basil, fresh (or 1 tbsp dried basil)
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar (or malt vinegar to serve)



  • Heat up oven to 200°C/390°F.
  • Up to you if you peel the potatoes. Quarter the potatoes and place in large bowl. Add the salt, tomato paste, curry paste, curry powder, and oil. Give it all a good mix and make sure each potato is well covered.
  • Layer the potatoes over a large oven tray and place in oven.
  • After 15 minutes, remove from oven and (if using) add the dried basil and garlic. Roughly flip the potatoes and ensure the basil is mixed in. Cook for another 10-15 minutes - the potatoes should be easy to pierce with a fork. If using fresh basil and garlic, add about five minutes before the end of cooking, once again making sure it is all mixed in.
  • Serve (with vinegar if desired) as a side dish or with dips like yoghurt, hummus or creme fraiche.

Method Two:

  • To get an even crispier yet still fluffy texture to the potatoes, follow the first steps of preparation as above. After cooking for 15 minutes, remove the potatoes from the oven. Add the dried basil and garlic (if using) Let cool for five minutes, then put them back in the oven for a further five minutes. Remove them again and let cool, followed by another five minutes of cooking. Repeat twice more, adding the fresh basil and garlic (if using) before the final five minutes. These Bombay potatoes are unbeatable.


  • If you think the potatoes need it, add more oil while cooking. Don’t let them get toooo crispy (or black).
  • If the spices/paste/herbs do start to burn on the baking tray, move the potatoes individually across to a new tray/new baking paper and continue cooking. It won’t take long and the outcome is more than worth the effort.
If you liked this recipe: then there's a very good chance you'll love this chickpea curry. It rocks! As does this awesome side dish, cucumber raita!


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 670mg | Potassium: 1129mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1460IU | Vitamin C: 31.2mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 8.9mg