15-MINUTE POTATO CURRY — RASAALOO
15 minute Rasaaloo also known in some north Indian states as Taariwale Aloo is perhaps the sole potato-only dishes that goes well with rice, especially white rice. Potatoes in India are often cooked in combination with some meat or other vegetable.
This recipe has a rather soupy gravy
This is another of Dhiraj Srivastav’s 15-minute office lunches and as yummy as it comes.
2 Onions (peeled and finely chopped);
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander leaves;
1 tablespoon Ginger-garlic Paste (made from 6 to 8 garlic cloves and ½ inch piece of peeled ginger);
1 large Tomato chopped;
1 tablespoon Cumin seed (Jeera);
10 to 12 Fenugreek seeds (Methi);
1 tablespoon Chili powder;
½ tablespoon Turmeric powder;
1 table spoon Garam masala powder;
1 tablespoon Coriander powder;
Salt to taste;
1 tablespoon ghee or oil (Cooking medium of your choice).
The taste of the dish will change with the cooking medium. Ghee best, failing which peanut oil highly recommended.
Boil the potatoes whole and unpeeled;
Peel and roughly mash with your fingers when done;
You will get unequal and odd shaped pieces.
Heat the ghee/oil in a pot on a high flame but don’t let it smoke;
Add fenugreek seeds (Methi) and Cumin seeds (Jeera);
When the seeds splutter, add the chopped onions;
Fry till the onions begin to brown (takes about 4 or 5 minutes);
As the onions begin to brown, add the ginger-garlic paste;
Fry for about 30 seconds;
Add chopped tomatoes, Chili powder, Turmeric powder, Garam masala powder, Coriander powder and salt;
Lower the flame to medium and continue to fry the masala till it becomes a homogenous mixture;
Add the boiled potatoes;
Bring the flame down to low;
Continue to fry for a few seconds till the potatoes are coated with the fried masala;
Add 2 cups of water;
Cover and let cook for about 3 to 5 minutes;
Add chopped fresh coriander leaves;
After 2 minutes turn off the heat.
Pack with white rice or poori or chapatti or any leavened /unleavened bread of your choice; goes well with all manner of bread except sweet breads like buns or brioche.