Saturday, March 15, 2008

Lazy Potatoes

Lazy days are great for food – you can start something in a desultory manner, with the odds and ends that you have at home, and end up with a stunner. This case owes its existence to a telephonic argument with a friend on which city, hers or mine was better (so what if it's full of traffic, even your city is no better, at least in my city traffic moves, in yours it doesn't, and it's so hot, but my city is good for people with allergies, their allergies go off, i hate the thought of moving to your city, and so on and so forth), someone at the door demanding our attention, snatching bits of a TV show, a late breakfast, and cooking and peeling the potatoes – all this time the onions were lying frying in the pan, attended to only now and then, and that's what really made this dish what it was.


Baby potatoes: 500 gm
Onions: 2, minced
Turmeric: 1 tsp
Chilli powder: 2 tsp
Curry leaves: 2-3 sprigs
Salt: to taste
Mustard seed: 2 tsp
Black gram dal, split, hulled (urad dal): 3 tsp
Cumin: 1 tsp
Dry red chilli: 2-3, split
Oil: 2 -3 tbsp

Boil/pressure cook the potatoes until just tender. This takes about two whistles in a small pressure cooker. When the pressure drops, open the cooker, drain the potatoes and cool.

In a pan, heat the oil.

Pop the mustard seed, then add the cumin, black gram and dry red chilli.

As the black gram turns brown and the chilli a bright red, add the curry leaves and the onion.

Saute the onion for a couple of minutes. Turn down the heat to minimum. Let the onion fry.

Meanwhile, start peeling the potatoes. This can take a while, so keep turning the onions to prevent them from burning.

At some stage, or simply when you get tired of turning, add the turmeric, red chilli powder and salt to the pan, mix well. Let fry again for a while.

Now, after you’re done peeling the baby potatoes, add them to the pan. Mix them well with the contents. Raise the heat a little and keep turning the potatoes. This just depends on your patience. The more you persevere, the better the result.

When it looks nice and well-coated with all the spices, and you decide you have better things to do on a Sunday than keep going into the kitchen to make a sinful dish that you’re better off not eating, turn off the fire and end the endeavour right there!

This goes off to Kalyn's Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted by Kel of Green Olive Tree.


  1. Thats one yummy looking sure you enjoyed it a lot...

  2. Those lazy potatoes look yumm.Btw..loved ur way of explaining how to cook them.

  3. The potatoes are so well-coated. Too good for a lazy day!

  4. You call this lazy potatoes, oh i would call the delicious, drooling potatoes.
    This is one of the best potatoe dish i have seen.

  5. most. drool-worthy. picture. ever.

  6. gosh!! looks fantastic!! and i love baby potatoes......

  7. That looks pretty darn good.:-)

  8. Valli, thanks, we did!
    LG, thanks a lot!
    Rachel, yeah, the secret is to use the chilli powder jar itself, not the spoon - so when there's more chilli powder, let it fry to get rid of the sting, ;) and the coating looks good too :D
    Happy Cook, thanks so much!
    Nupur, thank you, thank you!
    Arundati, thanks! Try it!
    TBC, I know ;) Thanks a lot!

  9. The potatoes sound just delicious! And Nupur is right about the photo, it's great! Now I must show my total lack of knowledge about Indian cooking and ask what black dram is?

  10. oh those look good Sra! it funny u should mention that, we had a similar conversation about cities yesterday at our place :-)

  11. Gal, really mouth watering, the best potato shot , i ve seen it.

  12. wonderful pic Sra....the curry looks amazing.

  13. Looks delicious Sra, lazy or not..they look gr8! Nice pic.

  14. Kalyn, black gram is a lentil - you may recognise it as one of the two main ingredients in idli and dosa (the other being rice), but it's also used to temper stir fries and curries - properly done, it has a crunchy and nutty texture.
    Latha, these two cities are always fighting with each other :)
    Sagari, thank you.
    Cham, thanks a lot!
    Saswati, thanks a lot!
    Raaga, come over!
    Namratha, thanks a lot!

  15. This is my brand of laziness :-D. The potatoes look slurp-worthy! Time to get lazy, i guess :).

  16. mouth watering potatoes sra...

  17. Sra, this looks sooooo good. I love the photo. I am ready for dinner. Is there any gravy in the dish or is it just the oil and masala that coats the potatoes?

  18. drool....
    aloo looks so very good :)

  19. Sra, can I tell you how much I love your writing style?! You rock! That recipe looks great and the pics are wonderful!! :)

  20. That's one delicious looking dish!

  21. That picture is simply WOW... I think that is the most droolworthy potato dish I've ever seen! The color is just amazing..

  22. Musical, time indeed! Just don't be too lazy to take a photo for fond memories later. :D
    Dhivya, thanks a lot!
    Mallika, thanks, it's just the oil and the spices, no gravy at all.
    Richa, thanks a lot!
    Kalai, of course you can tell me - in every single post ;) Thanks a lot!
    Vani, thanks so much, how are you?
    Sig, thanks, there were similar other photos, I deleted them mindlessly, glad I was able to save this!

  23. Oh my Sra, it is too tempting for me in the morning, soon bookmarked, here no one like potatoes except me, so I can eat the whole dish.. :D

  24. Sigh...isnt it wonderful when you have these roasted coated potatoes perfectly done - any kind of food seems to go with that one dish!

  25. Seena, isn't that nice? It can get v heavy, tho'
    Miri, my favourite combination is these potatoes with thick curds!

  26. There can be no end to that argument. Anyways who won the argument? :)

  27. Oh, I just dramatised that for effect, you knew we weren't arguing :) But I am glad I live where I do and not in ... [wicked laugh - cackle, cackle]

  28. I came up with a 'lazy potatoes' recipe as well, very different from yours. Yours doesn't look lazy at all. :)