Sunday, March 3, 2013

Potato Masala | Side dish for rotis or pilafs

Anyone who is not game for potatoes??? Then do skip the next few lines cos am gonna rave about how I love this tuber. Potatoes in any form can please me. A simple potato roast with curd rice is my comfort meal. I can live on that for days together. To me, anything with potato can never go wrong.
The very first dish that I tried in the kitchen was a simple potato roast and its been loved by everyone in the family till date. I have even got requests from relatives to make the dish when they are home visiting us and its been one of appa's favorite among the many dishes that I make.

Remember the okra in coconut gravy that I made some time back. My aunt makes a similar dish with potato which I die for. I love it so much that whenever she comes home, I ask her to make it in a large batch and I have it with bread for breakfast, rice for lunch and chapathis for dinner. The recipe will be up soon cos they have scheduled a visit next month and am waiting for the day so that she can make it, I can click it and you can savor it. Nothing can beat the comfort of a food blogger getting a recipe with no effort put in to cook and thats one of the reasons why the 'Amma cooks' series is close to my heart. No cooking, only clicking and editing.

Coming back to the recipe, I made this dish for the Kashmiri pulao because all I wanted was a mildly spicy side and this sounded the right choice. Its simple, tangy and less spicy which makes it a great accompaniment for pulaos/pilafs. Goes well with chapathis and dosas too. The gravy is very versatile and you could replace the potato with paneer or tofu or you could use a mix of veggies of choice.

~*What U Need*~
Potato - 2, medium

Onions - 2, medium
Tomatoes - 1/2, medium
Ginger - 1/4 inch piece
Garlic - 2 cloves

Cinnamon - 1" inch
Cloves - 2
Cardamom pods - 2
Bay leaf - 1/2

Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp

Water - 1/2 cup
Yogurt - 1/4 cup
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, chopped
Salt, Oil

How I made it:
Boil the potatoes till done, remove the skin and cut into cubes. Heat oil in a non stick kadai, add 1 tsp oil and fry the potatoes till golden brown. Remove and drain excess oil. To the same pan, add the garlic, ginger and chopped onions and saute till soft.

Add the tomatoes and cook till soft and done. Cool and blend well in a mixie.

Add 1 tsp oil to a non-stick pan and when hot, add the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom pods. Add the pureed masala and fry till oil separates. Add the spice powders and salt and fry till raw smell goes off.

Once done, add the fried potatoes and mix carefully not to break the potatoes. Add water and bring it to a boil to get desired consistency. Whisk the yogurt to remove any lumps. Add the yogurt, mix well, add the chopped coriander leaves and remove from flame.

Serve with pilafs/rotis/naans.

** My Notes:
** The yogurt gives an additional tanginess and so I used only 1/2 of a big tomato
** You can also add one green chilli when saute-ing the onions and blend together to get a spicier version
** Use paneer or mushrooms or tofu for variations.
** If you are using paneer or tofu then immerse in hot water to retain softness
** You can also replace the yogurt with cream or half milk half cream or half-and-half for a richer version

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. Ah, I recognize that beginning photo, or something similar, from a previous post in which you mentioned the potatoes. Thank you so much Vimitha, for giving us this recipe. Can't wait to try it out.

  2. Potato masala looks lovely and delicious.

  3. love anything done with potato.

  4. Delicious and mouthwatering potato masala.

  5. This would go perfectly with some flatbread!

  6. Yummy, can have this with almost anything..

  7. Another good variety with potato,quite mouth watering one.
    Sai Padma Priya

  8. hmmmmmmm delicious finger licking and lip smacking potato dish.

  9. vimitha, this looks very delicious

  10. never added yoghurt this way.. will give a try.. :)

  11. Potato masala looks delicious.

  12. Delicious curry and loved ur presentation dear...

  13. simple and delicious masala.

  14. Very tempting...

  15. A very nice dish for our Indian breads.

  16. potatoes are my favorite too... yummy potato masala...

  17. Vimitha, I am a potato lover too but I have cut back because of the carbs. But I will be revisiting potatoes soon. To me, potatoes in curry can never go wrong!

  18. delicious, lip smacking side the potato dish:-)

  19. I have an award waiting for u :) COme and colelct it.


  20. lovely potato curry. do visit my space too.

  21. Potato masala looks tempting......Good one.

  22. Very tempting & yummy looking curry..

  23. Looks yummy and delicious potato masala.

    today's recipe:

  24. how can a potato recipe ever go wrong!! Loved it

  25. My kids love potatoes very much..will try out soon and let u know


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