I’m tempted to plop the recipe and get it over with, but that wouldn’t be me. I am always worried about running out of narratives for my posts, and I’m afraid this is one such moment. All my potato memories seem to have been used up for other recipes, and since the deadline is fast looming (certainly no spectre this), let’s just get on with it, shall we? I’ve had this post for about a week now in my mind, am trying to dust the cobwebs so it can go off to Sia and Dhivya who are singing odes to the spud and hosting potato feasts.
Now this is another recipe (adapted from Nita Mehta’s Punjabi Khana) where I used shortcuts and tried to cut down on calories to a certain extent – but four tbsps of cashew is bad enough, whether you deep fry the potatoes or not! It’s a heavy dish, and after eating it for three days straight, I donated it, and I’m assuming it would have been much appreciated.
Potatoes with Curd-Cashew Paste
Baby potatoes – 16
Nigella/Kalonji – 1 tsp
Bay leaf – 2
Onions – 2
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Chopped coriander – 2 tbsp
Yoghurt/curds – ½ cup
Oil – 2 tbsp (I had some mustard oil lying around so I used that)
Cashews – 4 tbsp, soaked in a little water (or a mixture of almonds and cashews)
Ginger – 1 tbsp
Garlic – 1 tsp
to a fine paste.
Boil the potatoes till tender.
Heat the oil in a pan. Add the nigella and bay leaf.
Add the onions and cook on low heat till the onions turn soft. Do not let them brown. Add the turmeric and garam masala. Mix well.
Add curds and fry on low heat till the water evaporates. Cook till dry.
Add cashew paste, cook for a minute.
Add about one cup of water to the gravy. Boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Cook on low heat till gravy thickens and coats the potatoes. (As I found out, it was thick enough so I didn’t really have to wait until it coated the potatoes.) This is meant to go with rotis and parathas.
Here are other potato posts from this blog:
Lessons from a Spud
Palette in Pastels
Cutlace, Somehow Or The Other
Sunshine, And a Bird
Garlicky Spuds a la Mode
No Couch Potato This!
Aloo Dum(b) and Oil-Free
A simple stir-fry
Potatoes Event Ode to Potato Potato Feast