Thursday, March 13, 2014

Indian Spiced Potatoes

A flavorful and aromatic side dish or starter with potatoes.
Spice has always attracted the rich and poor alike, many battles were won and lost for it since centuries. Are u fascinated by the fact that how in the ancient days merchants  conducted  long distance trade in different countries  ! How much hardships they would have undergone to protect spice from looters. Spices were regarded as currency in those days and  Indian coasts were rich in spices which attracted maritime trade from all over the world.
The spiced potatoes is a happy marriage that happened as a result of  spice trade and barter during ancient times between the Indians and Europeans.
History is full of answers on how the dishes originate.

Every family has their own recipe and masala powder combinations change slightly from region to region but the basics remain the same.

The trick to get the potatoes evenly cooked is by steaming it. The masalas are diluted in water and cooked(never add spice powders to oil it will simply burn) 
Ingredients:
Red potatoes - 10 small (any potato is fine)
Shallots-2
Garlic -2 flakes
Ginger - 1" piece
Kashmiri chili powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Masala powder - 1-2 tsp ( you may use store bought but I prefer homemade  - given below)
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves - chopped

Masala powder :
Whole red chili - 1- 2
Black Pepper - 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 1/2 " stick
Cloves-3 -4
Cardamom -1
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin -1/2 tsp

Method:
1.In an empty pan (without any oil) dry roast the spices for 2-3 minutes in low heat. This helps the spice to release oils when powdered. When it cools down coarsely powder it in coffee grinder.
2.Put the masala powder in a small bowl  along with chili powder,turmeric powder and salt  add 1/4 cup water  mix well and keep aside.
3..Meanwhile  cleanly wash (need not peel skin) and steam the potatoes in a steamer (do not boil potatoes in water for this recipe) until a knife can be inserted effortlessly.(not  mushy) .Cut into when it cools down.
4..Crush the ginger garlic and shallots coarsely.Heat a non stick pan with just 2 tsps of oil and saute the crushed ginger mix until golden brown now add the masala paste from step 2 and stir until the raw smell of spices goes off and browns well (work on very low flame) . Add the steamed potato into this masala mixture and gently mix until all the pieces are coated in spices. Leave it for another 4-5 minutes then switch off flame.
Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves.
Serve along with  rice as a side dish.


Hope you like it.
Meena

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38 comments:

  1. This looks delicious Meena...resembles egg roast :)

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  2. just need toothpick to pick up this little spicy beauties. looks so tempting.

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  3. I can happily finish that bowl of spiced potatoes, omg just killing me..

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  4. Mouthwatering spicy potatoes........ Love it!!

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  5. Potatoes look so colourfull and spicy.

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  6. Looks absolute delicious dear ..drooling here !!

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  7. First resemblence is like egg ,then after that i got it..its potatoes.With all the spices going in to wonderful potatoes ...makes the potatoes even more yummier ...Loved it

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  8. Potatoes look irresistible and absolutely delicious..

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  9. Wow ..that looks too gud.. tempting potatoes.. drooling!!!

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  10. Wonderful dear flavorful spicy potatoes...first I thought its fried boiled eggs..
    (really loved happily married spicy potato ;))

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  11. Omg look at those potoates,so perfect and yummy ! loveely clicks ! I missed ur clicks :))

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  12. One word to summarize this dish: Delicious. It make sense why steaming is better than boiling.

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  13. Lovely color Meena.. Love this any time

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  14. this is so mouthwatering; Meena :) in fact i love to try these :) these baby potatoes look so awesome

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  15. Adipoli potato looks like our old mutta roast. yumm.

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  16. OMG cant take my eyes off the pic....awesome click and wonderful post

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  17. OMG!! gorgeous potatoes, lovely clicks, positively killer recipe!! sharing in my page!!

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  18. oru fork thannal, njanaa paathram eppo theerthu tharaaam.... yum...

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  19. I love potatoes in any form... this looks exceptionally good... love the spice coating!!

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  20. I thought it was egg roast at the very first glance of it in my feed...:)...it looks lovely...potatoes have come out in their perfect shape...tempting it looks..

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  21. baby potatoes looks totally yummy...well coated with masala...

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  22. Spiced potatoes look every bit scrumptious. I can eat a bowl full just like that :P

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  23. sure, the cuties have an attraction factor of its own, allae. love baby potatoes. me too had posted on a similar (dulpicate version) using baby potatoes. kandayirunno, Meena- kuttie ?? ;)

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  24. Wow these cute potatoes look very tempting... I must try this.

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  25. What's not to love about these potatoes - they sound and look amazing!

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  26. Nice Meena, steaming is such a good idea, sometimes I end up with burnt mushy mezhukupatty because I don't precook the potatoes. Using red ones is also an awesome switch.

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  27. I just want to pick some of those lovely potatoes off the screen :) Beautiful shots Meena :)

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  28. First time here.....U have a lovely space with irresistible recipes......Spiced potatoes looks soo delicious :) glad to follow u :)

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  29. I remember leaving a comment on this post long time back but I don't see it here...either I have a bad memory or may be i should blame blogspot....

    mouthwatering dish...but I must say , at first look I thought mutta roast anne enne...ennike eppol thane ethiri kittiyal kollam enne unde...

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  30. Nvr tried any potato without peeling off its skin. This recipe looks great...

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  31. Those Potatoes looks really yummy & spicy. Your clicks are so crisp & clear.

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