Sunday, 13 May 2012

Simply delicious potatoes - chaTapaTey aaloo

Potatoes… how we love to hate this veggie!  We, especially Indians, put them in several vegetables and then complain how we hate to do it because these make us obese, etc.  French fries, country potatoes, aaloo bhaja, aaloo bonDaa, aaloo Tikki… and we’ve not yet heard the end of this potato debate.  I’ll let those interested in talking talk and share another delicious potato recipe with you… many of you must have already tried it so it is just a ready reminder if you are still trying to think of a recipe that you'd like to cook this afternoon or evening.


4-5 medium           Potatoes (boiled, peeled and cut into small cubes)
Salt (according to taste)
1 pinch                  Red chilli powder (according to taste)
¼ Tsp.                   Turmeric powder
1 Tb. Sp.               Sunflower Oil
1 Tsp.                    Cumin (jeera) 
1 Tsp.                    Coriander seeds (dhania)
1 pinch                  Asafoetida (hing)
1 Tb. Sp.               Garam masala powder
1 Tsp.                    Amchoor powder (powder made of dried unripe mangoes)


1.                   Heat oil.
2.                   Add cumin and coriander seeds.

3.                   When they start spluttering, add asafoetida, salt, red chilli powder and turmeric
             powder and mix well.

4.                   Add garam masala and amchoor powder.
5.                   Mix well.
6.                   Add boiled potatoes that you’ve already peeled and cut in small cubes.

7.                   Mix well.

8.                   Let it cook at low flame for approximately 5 minutes.

Serve as a side dish with chapattis, rice or poories.

This easy recipe is excellent if guests come uninvited and without informing (quite a few of us have gone through this experience). 

This dish can be eaten during Navaratri by those who avoid onions, etc., during this period.
These potatoes can be used in other ways that I’ll share with you soon.

Meanwhile, have a lovely potato day J

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