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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Simple Potato Curry

My husband comes from a big family. If we have family gatherings, our number would surpass 50. Back then (Even now in India), There would be almost 10 people around the food table, even when we are not having those get togethers. It was a huge task when it came to preparing rotis and curries, though we did not have to do it on a daily basis. My sister in law had an easy solution for this. She used to prepare a simple and delicious potato curry which did not involve a lot of chopping and toiling in front of the stove. Instead of cutting the vegetables into tiny bits (until our backs started complaining), she chopped them into big chunks. Then she used to put them together in a wok with water and forget them for a while. At the end when they were done, she used to add some salt, chillie powder and sambhar powder. Yep, sambhar powder. Anyway it used to be lip smacking and nobody had any complaints.
When I started my culinary journey on my own, I started to make this curry with a few changes. It is simple to make and delicious at the same time. I am always in search and need of such recipes.
Okay… after all this rambling, the recipe is here. I am giving the measurements (ingredients list) which would serve a couple of people (and not a dozen).

Ingredients:
Potatoes, Onions & Tomatoes - 2 each
Salt & Chillie powder – accordingly
Chopped Cilantro – For garnishing
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Oil – 1 Tbsp or less
(Imaginative & creative ones over there, you can always add whatever you wish).


Preparation:
Cut all the vegetables into slices.
Heat a wok / pan on the stove. Add oil. When the oil is hot enough, add mustard seeds. After they start to sizzle and splutter, add all the vegetables and stir once. Lower the heat and cover the wok with a lid. This will help to cook the veggies in their own juices and the steam produced. Keep checking and stirring in between. It will not stick to the bottom. But if it does, sprinkle some water. Cook till they are done.
Add chillie powder, salt and stir once again and allow it to cook for a couple of minutes.Turn off the stove. Garnish with the chopped cilantro.
Serve with rotis or rice and enjoy.




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