Aloo tama can literally be translated as potato and tama soup. Tama is fermented bamboo shoots that has a strong sour taste.
A simple potato curry is cooked and at the final stages the bamboo is fried (some may not choose to do it) and added to the soup. Another ingredient in this soup very commonly used would be bodi or tane bodi which is the black eyed peas making it aloo tama bodi. Garlic, tomatoes and lemon are also used by some people.
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