Air Fryer Bombay Potatoes

Bowl of Bombay potatoes with raita and mango chutney on the side.

You might have noticed by now, but Indian food is one of my favourite things to cook at home, and one of J’s favourite side dishes whenever I make a curry? Bombay Potatoes. For years I’ve been using a hybrid of this recipe and the version in my book Student Eats (ad), but for space saving when I’m making a few things at once, I want to introduce you to my new favourite way to make Indian-spiced potatoes: Air Fryer Bombay Potatoes.

Bowl of air fryer bombay potatoes with sauces on the side.
Bombay potato close up on a stone plate.

I’ve already started making crispy potatoes in the air fryer – I just toss them with whatever flavoured olive oil goes with whatever we’re eating, salt, pepper, and garlic granules (have you seen Barts do a smoked garlic version? I’m slightly obsessed) before roasting – when I’ve got something else going on in the oven or there is otherwise no point turning on the oven, so why not give Bombay-style potatoes this treatment?

Seriously, I just know you’re going to love these Air Fryer Bombay Potatoes!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these potatoes ahead?

They’re best hot and crispy right out of the air fryer, but if you’re juggling lots of different dishes they do warm up okay in the air fryer if made a few hours ahead. Cook them for 15 minutes instead of 20, and give them the extra 5 minutes before serving.

Why are these Bombay potatoes dry?

Bombay potatoes is traditionally a dry dish, but I know what you mean: order them in lots of British curry houses and they’re deliciously saucy! Obviously this is an air fryer recipe so we’re going for crispy Indian spiced potatoes, but honestly I’ve had and enjoyed both eating out and cooking from authentic cookbooks. I am working on a recipe for the saucy ones, though!

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Bombay potato close up on a stone plate.

Air Fryer Bombay Potatoes

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegan


This easy recipe for Indian-style Bombay Potatoes are cooked in the air fryer to free up space in the kitchen and to produce perfectly crispy, tender, and much healthier results every time!


  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 tbsp light oil
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric 
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander 
  • freshly ground sea salt
  • juice 1/2 lemon
  • flaky sea salt


  1. Peel and dice the potatoes. In a large bowl toss them together with first the oil, then the spices and a generous amount of salt. 
  2. Place in the air fryer basket and cook for 20 minutes on 200 degrees (390 F), tossing occasionally.
  3. Serve with the lemon juice squeezed over and finished with flaky sea salt. 


I like the potatoes peeled, but you can leave the skins on for a bit of extra texture!