Shital's-Kitchen: May 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Masaledar Aloo/ Spicy baby potatoes

Potatoes!! our family favorite! Who does not like potatoes! With baby potatoes available easily, this dish is easy to prepare, and can be served as appetizers or as a chaat or an entree with roti or naan. Using long fingerling potatoes is also a great idea for this recipe.

1 lb baby potatoes or regular potatoes chopped
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp jeera (cumin seed)
1 tsp rai (mustard seeds)
2 tsp till (sesame seeds)
1 tsp haldi (turmeric powder)
2 tsp laal mirchi powder (red pepper powder)
2 tsp dhania powder (coriander powder
1 tsp amchur powder (raw mango powder)
Freshly squeezed lemon
Salt to taste
Freshly chopped dhania leaves/cilantro

  • Pressure cook baby potatoes up to 1 whistle. Potatoes just need to be cooked and should maintain it's shape. If you do not have baby potatoes, boil and cube regular potatoes.
  • Heat oil is a pan. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, sesame seeds. turmeric powder, red pepper powder, coriander powder. Fry spices for a minute. Add boiled and peeled baby potatoes. 
  • Toss the potatoes well such that the spices get coated around well. 
  • Add salt and amchur powder. Toss well. You could also add some chaat masala.
  • Cover the pan and cook for 5-7 mins. on medium heat. 
  • Squeeze fresh lemon and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro.
  • Serve hot! 
Place a decorative toothpick for a great party snack and see how a simple potato recipe can become an upscale appetizer that can be served with mint chutney.

Suggestion: if you over boiled the potatoes and they are difficult to maintain the shape, do not worry. deep fry the potatoes in hot oil first to make it crisp.

Update: 6/7/2014
After a long time, made these spicy potatoes as a side with parathas and dum aloo. I kept the skin intact, which gave a nice crisp texture as these were pan fried with spices. I garnished these with onions and pan fried green chillies. I sprinkled some tangy chaat masala and squeezed some lime juice. Yum Yum. Shu and I enjoyed these a lot!!
Make some today, & Enjoy Chatpate Aloo!!