This was the first Indian food I ever ate. Over the years it became a favourite with family and friends.
This type of dish is very common throughout India. Our recipe for a dry potato and peas curry, sukha aloo matar, is from New Delhi in the north of India. It is a simple dish where par-boiled potatoes are fried in tempered oil, then the peas are added.
This is a dish that is best kept simple if other dishes are being served. If, however, you are serving this on its own, just with roti or rice, then you might increase the spices. I find that extra Kashmiri chilli powder or a garnish of a finely sliced red chilli works well.
The only unusual ingredient in this recipe is the dried mango powder or amchur. This spice adds a tangy flavour to the finished dish. It is readily available from Indian grocers or spice merchants.
My Grandmother’s notes include many, many potato recipes. Given how common this introduced vegetable is in Indian cuisine and the love the Raj had for it, is no surprise. If you want a similar, moist dish, try the potato, pea and tomato recipe.
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp coriander leaves - finely chopped
- Place the potatoes in cold water, then bring the pan to a boil. Boil the potatoes until just cooked but still firm inside when tested with a skewer. This will take around ten minutes. Drain water from pan, then lightly shake the pan to fluff up the edges of the potatoes.
- Whilst the potatoes are boiling, heat a small frypan over medium heat. Add the coriander and cumin seeds and toss gently until the seeds start to colour and become aromatic. Remove from the heat, allow to cool then grind to a fine powder.
- Place cooked potatoes, salt, ground cumin and coriander, turmeric, amchur, asafoetida and chilli powder in a bowl. Toss well to cover potatoes evenly.
- In a heavy-based pan, heat the oil and add the mustard, whole cumin and fenugreek seeds and fry until sizzling.
- Add the potato and stir gently to coat in the oil. Fry the potatoes on medium-low heat for around ten minutes, or until golden and crisp. Toss occassionaly to evenly brown the potatoes.
- Whilst the potaoes are frying, put the peas in a small bowl of boiling water. When the potatoes are cooked, drain the peas, add to the potato and gently combine. Fry for another minute.
- Stir in the sesame seeds and chopped coriander. Toss to coat potatoes and peas completely. Serve
- Amchur, or dried mango powder, is readily available from Indian grocers.
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