Friday, September 26, 2014

Chatpate Aloo ( Potatoes sautéed in a tangy spice mix): great for fasting.

Here is a quick dish that can be made in less than 30 minutes! Perfect for a weeknight dinner. Makes for a great side or you could eat it just like that! My husband likes spicy food whereas I have a medium spice level, while the kids have very little tolerance for spicy food. I have to therefore often try to strike a balance between the three. Hence often I make one side dish that is low in spice and another that is spicy! That ways everybody is happy! My husband loves potatoes and this is my go-to on a weeknight. I make a batch of this and he is a happy camper for two days! This recipe is super simple and easy! I am bringing this to all the girls at Angie's Fiesta Friday! Prudy and Naina are the co-hosts this week. Being that it is the second day of Navrathri fasting, this dish is perfect for fasting too.. goes great with some gluten free flat-breads.

Servings: 4-6


Potatoes: 4 large, boiled until just done, peeled and cut into medium cubes.
Coconut oil: 1 tbsp ( any cooking oil can be used)
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves: 1 sprig
Coriander powder: 1 tbsp
Haldi ( turmeric powder): 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder: 1 tsp( you can adjust according to your spice level)
Amchur ( dry mango) powder: 1 tsp
Black pepper powder: 1/8 tsp
Garam masala: a pinch
Cilantro( for garnishing): 2 tbsp chopped.


Heat coconut oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Add mustard seeds. 

Once the mustard seeds splutter, add curry leaves,turmeric powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder, amchur powder, chilli powder. Saute for a minute.

Add in the cooked potato cubes. Add salt.Sauté for few minutes until all the potato pieces are nicely coated with the spices. Cover and cook for 5 more minutes . 

Add in the garam masala powder. Mix once more.

Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.

Serve hot with steamed rice and dal or flat bread.


Cooking made easy:

This dish is very versatile. You can play around with what spices you want to add depending on what you have in your pantry. You could skip the garam masala powder. You could add cumin powder as well. You could use just salt, turmeric and black pepper powder or salt, turmeric and just chilli powder. If you want to try a more exotic taste, you could add fennel seed powder. See... the permutations and combinations are endless!

Tip for healthy living:

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Food for thought:

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