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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Simple and Quick Subzis ~ Asafoetida Flavored Potato


I never had to bother about cooking while I was in India as my mother / mother in law mostly took care of the kitchen. I was well fed and didn't worry about 'behind the scenes". However somehow, I have never been a disastrous cook though I had had my share of hilarious experiences as a novice one. One such incident happened one day when I had to babysit my MIL's asafoetida flavored potato subzi that happens to be a family favorite. My MIL was in the midst of cooking this subzi one day and some unexpected guests dropped by. She asked me to look after it and forgot about it until serving time. At lunch time, my FIL began to wonder why he had been served breakfast. It was all my doing of course; the potato curry has turned into a mush and my FIL confused it to upma. To this day, I can not replicate my MIL's curry in flavor, texture or color and I have settled to this version which has become our favorite. It tastes good with rice.


BTW, I managed to erase the picture I was planning to post and did not have access to the original image. I am on a vacation since this marathon started and have been managing to remember to post from hotel room each night, after a tiresome day. As soon as I get home, I need to update the images for this post.  
This is going to be my sixth day "microwave cooking" entry of BM#8Check what my fellow marathoners are cooking.

Ingredients: (4 servings)
3 big potatoes (2 cups chopped peeled and cubed)
1.5 - 2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp chanadal
a pinch of asafoetida or as preferred
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
few curry leaves
Salt to taste
Chili powder


Method:
Cook the potato cubes along with water in a microwave safe bowl. It takes around 8 - 10 minutes depending upon the size of the potato cubes. Keep an eye and cook fork-tender. Don't cook them mushy.
Heat oil in a microwave safe bowl, about 2 minutes. Then add the chanadal, mustard seeds, turmeric powder, asafoetida and curry leaves. Let the dal turn reddish and mustard to splutter. Add chili powder and salt. Mix well and cook for a minute or so. Serve with rice.

17 comments:

Mélange said...

Simple,yet flavourful..I loved the clicks too.Nice job Suma.

Aarthi said...

i love potatoes....this is perfect

harini-jaya said...

Sounds good to me!

PJ said...

Who can say no to potatoes!!That bowl of curry looks so inviting...

Kalyani said...

we too love this Suma .. It used to be my dad's favourite too :-)

Cheers
Kalyani
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Sharmilee! :) said...

Simple and flavourful curry

Hari Chandana said...

Quick and delicious recipe.. looks perfect !!
Indian Cuisine

Spandana said...

Simple and delicious!!!
Lovely!!

DEESHA said...

Potatoes in it's simplest and best form

Srivalli said...

Looks perfect to me Suma, did you update the pictures or you were meaning to upload something else?..looks so good and yum!

vaishali sabnani said...

potatoes..all time fav...they look grt..n hope u had a wonderful holiday:)

Usha said...

It looks perfect and the color of the potato is very tempting .

soujanya said...

Clicks are tempting... flavorful fry...

Apu said...

Simple and delicious!!

Priya said...

Flavourful curry..

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Wow.. so flavorsome and tat is a gorgeous color..
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Uma said...

Looks so tempting and delicious.