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Monday, September 29, 2014

Dry Potato Curry

Baby potatoes / small potatoes - 1 kg (round and uniform size)

Cumin seeds, roasted and powdered: 1 tsp

Kashmiri  chilli powder -1 ½ tbsp (I got my from the indian grocery shop)

Cream -1/2 cup

Ginger  1in -pounded

Fennel / aniseed powder: 1 tbsp

Cloves, roasted and powdered: 6

Mustard oil or any type of oil: 4 tbsp

Garam Masala: 1 tsp (I used home made garam masala)

Mixed powders (Black cardamom, Cinnamon and Black Pepper): 1 tsp

Asafoetida: a pinch

 oil to deep fry potatoes

Salt to taste

Chopped coriander

Method to prepare: 

Wash the potatoes well, peel, and prick the potatoes all over with a fork. Then soak in salted water for 15-20 mins.

Heat white oil in a wok and fry the potatoes on medium flame on all sides till golden brown. Drain excess oil and keep aside.

Make a paste of curd / yogurt, chilli powder, ginger powder and fennel powder. Add the potatoes and marinate for about an hour.

Heat mustard oil(or any other oil) in another wok, add the clove powder and asafoetida and mix well. Add a half cup of hot water with a little salt and bring to a boil.

Slowly add the marinated potatoes and the yogurt mix and thoroughly stir to mix the spices.

When the gravy thickens and the oil begins to separate, turn off the flame.

Add garam masala, roasted cumin seeds powder and the mixture of cardamom, cinnamon and black pepper powders. Turn gently with a spatula so that all the spices are mixed well.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot .

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chetinad Vegetable Perattal

I got this really yummy recipe from you tube.A vegetarian  dish that goes well with rice or chappati.,

½ tsp fennel
½ in cinnamon stick
2 sprigs curry leaves(discard the stems)
1 medium onion(chopped)
1 large potato(diced)
½ a carrot(diced)
5 french beans ,cut into small size ,similar size to potato and carrot)
1 tomato(chopped)
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp coriander powder
1 tsp or more chilli powder
¼ cup grated coconut(grind with a bit of water until fine)
½ cup water
Salt to taste


Heat water, and boil the three vegetables until cooked.Sieve in a colander and keep aside.
Heat about 3 tbsp oil, add in fennel seeds and cinnamon stick. Then throw in chopped onions and curry leaves and sauté for a minute.Add in chopped tomatoes and cooked until tomato turns mushy.Add in coconut paste and stir, add in turmeric,coriander and chilli powder .Stir and add in ½ cup water. Now stir until the oil floats on top. Add in the cooked vegetables and combine well with the masala paste. Add salt to taste.Dish out and serve with rice or chappati.

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