Monday, September 5, 2016

Karahi Potatoes with Whole Spices and Mixed Chillies

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My selected cookbook for this month at Cookbook Countdown #9 is 500 Curries, by Mridula Baljekar.

This potato dish is delicious, it's flavours are from the whole spices and curry leaves, that the sliced potatoes are stir-fried with. The only thing that I need to change when I make this again, is to pre-fried the sliced potatoes until almost cooked before they are stir-fried with the spices.

The recipe does not contain any added water, it is a dry dish. And it says to cook the potato covered, for 7 minutes or so over a low heat until the potatoes are tender. I find that the spices and the other ingredients are starting to burn before the potatoes are done. So I have frequently stir the potatoes very often and it takes about 20 minutes or so until they are tender. But this is a delicious potato dish, and I would make this again, but will pre-fried the potatoes separately until they are almost done before frying them with the spices and ingredients, to avoid the spices from being burnt which will spoil a dish! Overall, this is a very nice potato dish, great as a side dish, especially eaten with some curries and rice. 

Karahi Potatoes with Whole Spices and Mixed Chillies
(adapted from "Curries 500", by Mridula Baljekar)
Serves 4
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 curry leaves
1 tsp crushed dried red chillies
1/2 tsp mixed onion, mustard and fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 in piece fresh ginger root, grated
2 onions, sliced
6 new potatoes, thinly sliced
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 fresh red chilli, seeded and sliced
1 fresh green chilli, seeded and sliced

  1. Heat the oil in a karahi, wok or heavy pan. Lower the heat slightly and add the cumin seeds, curry leaves, dried red chillies, mixed onion, mustard and fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, garlic slices and ginger. Fry for 1 minute.
  2. Add the onions to the pan and fry for a further 5 minutes, or until the onions are golden brown.
  3. Add the potatoes, fresh coriander and red and green chillies and mix well. Cover the pan tightly with a lid or foil; if using foil, make sure that it does not touch the food. Cook over a very low heat for about 7 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat, and take off the lid or foil cover. Serve hot straight from the pan.

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  1. I am not exactly a fan of potatoes, but this looks really GOOD that I want to have some too!

  2. I think with pre-fried potatoes, it will be perfect with beer!

  3. This looks so good. I always have lots of CSA potatoes!

  4. We are big potato fans and this looks delish with all the spices.