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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Imli Aloo

Today's experiment from the book was supposed to be a dish from the Eastern parts of India. I thought I would give an Assamese dish a try since the state's cuisine is an unknown territory to me. However, in the midst of cooking, I realized that 10 baby potatoes + a tomato + a red chilli = bland, baby food in my world and had to shift my focus to this imli aloo from "Pure and Simple". This super spicy, tangy aloo preparation is my kind of dish J and was fabulous with both rice and rotis.

6 large sized potatoes - peeled, cubed and boiled
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) 
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi)
1/4 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
3 or 4 red chillies
A pinch of asafoetida
1 Tbsp tamarind juice
Chili powder or to taste
Salt to taste
Garam masala to taste
Coriander powder to taste
Chat masala + Mint powder* (I did not use them.)
Minced cilantro for garnish

* I think the dish would be super spicy if we went along with the directions. The quantities mentioned in the book are
3 tsp coriander powder + 4 dried red chillies + 1 tsp chili powder + 1/2 tsp garam masala + 1/2 tsp chat masala + 1/2 tsp mint powder

* Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, dried chillies and asafoetida. When the seeds start to brown, add tamarind water. Add potatoes and mix well.
* Then add all the spice powders and salt. Cook on low flame for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.
* Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.

This is my Day 5 post in BM#7 and Check what my fellow marathoners are cooking.

This goes to Akila's "Dish name starts with I".


Prathibha said...

Nice side dish....looks delicious n yummm..:)

soujanya said...

aloo looks wonderful...simply wants to taste it now..:)

Nirmala's kitchen said...

Itlooks quite spicy.But will be tasty with rotis etc!!!Anyway delicious.

harini-jaya said...

Looks very good..Aloo in any form is most welcome at home..my husband will be the happiest!!

Aarthi said...

i love aloo in any form

Archana Vivek said...

delicious suma.Anything with potatoes are always yumm..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow tangy curry..looks yumm

jayasree said...

Looks super easy. Haven't tried adding tamarind to the aloo curry.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Nice, tangy potatoes...

Pavani said...

I remember making and liking this dish from Pure & Simple. Looks delicious.

aipi said...

What a great new way to cook potatoes :)
US Masala

Nitha said...

Interesting one.. Loved the masala

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

nice and very interesting aloo curry !!

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Krithi's Kitchen said...

The name itself makes me drool.. lovely dish!!

Apu said...

Yumm!! Love this dish!!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Super easy and super yummy side dish!

Srivalli said...

LOL, like your formula for the spicy requirement at your place. I do very much the same when I try out new recipes from other cuisine..I mentally imagine how much spice and imagine hubby's face also..:))..aloo looks inviting..

usha said...

Hi !
Is it carom seeds or fennel?
The first mentioned has been omitted in the procedure and the second mentioned, in the ingredients list.

A Spoonful of Yumm said...

never tried this....have to make it ! yummy :D

Rujuta said...

Nice dish..simple and easy to make
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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Super super yum !!!