potato masala

By Panfusine
July 26, 2011
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potato masala

Author Notes: This dish is about as common as it gets in most Indian homes, irrespective of geographic & cultural differences. Alu subzi, poori masala, it goes by multiple names and is served for quickly whipped up breakfast, lunch, tea time & suppers with dosa, roti, puri, rice or even grilled in between two slices of bread.

Hungarian wax peppers are not a variety of chili pepper found in the old country, but they work beautifully in this dish by adding heat & the characteristic aroma of chili as well as a substantial 'vegetable' given its meaty texture.

Serves: 3

  • 4-6 hungarian wax peppers, deseeded & diced
  • 4 medium yukon gold potatoes, boiled in their skins
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Canola oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves, torn
  • 1 teaspoon Black Mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 dried arbol chile, split in two
  • 1 pinch asafetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • tablespoons fincely minced Cilantro
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  1. Peel & crumble the boiled potatoes once they've cooled.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet, when smoking hot, add the mustard, cumin, give a stir, wait for the mustard to sputter, lower the heat and add the arbol chile, when it browns, add the torn curry leaves, onions & wax peppers & Saute till the onions turn translucent. sprinkle the asafetida & give a stir.
  3. Add the crumbled potatoes, turmeric and salt. combine till the turmeric imparts an even color. add a cup of water, cover & simmer on low heat for about 7-10 minutes.
  4. drizzle with lime juice, stir & transfer to a serving dish, Garnish with cilantro prior to serving.

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