Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Baby potato curry

Hands down, potatoes are versatile and can be cooked with different spices to match your palette. I normally, do a stir fry with paprika powder and a touch of cumin seeds and it really tastes gorgeous with roti/rice. This time around, I decided to do a stir fry with southern Indian spices and notched up the heat a bit. Result? The baby potatoes just explode into your mouth with the gorgeous spices giving an inherent taste. Highlight of this dish? Black peppercorns! Yes, the subtle heat it generates is just wonderful and works great with the potatoes. Cooking the dish is very easy but the initial preparation is labour intensive- especially, when you have to peel the skin from 500 grams of small potatoes and shallots. Trust me, it’s worth the effort! Go on indulge in this flavorful journey where potatoes are cooked with roasted spice mix and you can vary the spice level according to your choice.

Baby potato fry

Small potatoes cooked with southern Indian spices!
  • Baby potatoes- 500 grams (boiled and peeled)
  • Whole dry red chilli-4
  • Urad dal (split black gram-skinless/lentils) – 1 tbsp
  • Black peppercorn- 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves- about 4-5 leaves (roughly chopped)
  • Salt according to taste
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  • Asafetida powder- dash of it
  • Small onions/shallots- 10-15
  • Cooking oil (generous dose)
  1. Dry roast the red chilies, lentils, black peppercorn & coriander seeds.
  2. Allow them to cool & grind them to a fine powder.
  3. In a frying pan add oil and once hot add dash of asafetida powder.
  4. Add mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.
  5. Add curry leaves and shallots, saute them till golden brown.
  6. Stir in the potatoes and adjust salt according to taste.
  7. Add the spice powder and cook the potatoes on a low flame for 5 minutes.
  8. Potatoes get a lovely brown color with the spices- Remove from flame and serve!
Curry leaves are used extensively in southern Indian cooking and added for seasoning.
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  1. This is one of my favorite preparations...I too have it on my space...yours looks very tempting and makes me crave for some right now.

  2. looks so delicious and tempting...lovely clicks dear ...

  3. Omg, seriously am drooling over that bowl of incredible curry..highly inviting..

  4. superb delcious and very tempting potato curry !!

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  5. Looks delicious,hope you had an awesome Diwali.

  6. Super tempting stir fry,yummy dear!!

  7. I love this...n yours is yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm..
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  8. These are quite gorgeous.... Who wudnt love potato fry... .

  9. i can trust you in this...the peppercorns are the darnest addition any one can think of! what a lovely meal you might have had with garam rotis!

  10. That looks divinely delicious :) this and some vengaya sambar = heaven :)



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