Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ajji's Aloogadde Palya

I love potatoes, they're my never-fail veg for almost any mood. There are a million ways in which I use them, including garlicky tikkis, comfort food veggie, on pizzas etc, but the way my grandmom makes them is something I can't aspire to, due to reasons of lack of time and patience, but oh...aren't they wonderful?

Grandma's potato veg is something all her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren really relish and it's a standing request from all of us any time we visit her. Only a grandma would have the love and strength to make this, IMHO, so be warned before you try it!

Ingredients:

Potatoes ( count one per person and 2 for the pot) - peeled and cubed really, really, really small ( about 2 mm per side, and I'm not kidding)

1 tsp black mustard seeds

1 tsp urad dal

Pinch turmeric

Handful curry leaves ( torn into smaller pieces)

1-2 tsp chilli powder ( to taste)

Salt to taste

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Heat the oil in a wok. Add the mustard seeds and wait for them to stop spluttering. Add the turmeric, curry leaves and urad dal. Wait until the dal starts browning, turn the heat way down low and add the potatoes. Cook on a very low flame, stirring periodically ( pretty much till your arms fall off), until the potatoes are cooked through and crisp.

Turn off the heat and add the salt and chilli powder and stir to mix.

This veg tastes great with almost anything - curd rice, rasam and rice, chapattis, buttered toast, with plain yoghurt as a raita...it is so delicious that I'm contemplating serving it as one of the snacks for the next party we host, though for that I might have to kidnap my ajji and keep her here with me:)

This was for weekend herb blogging for this week.

5 comments:

katiez said...

I am going to have to find black mustard seeds - I keep seeing them on wonderful recipes lately.
Your grandmother's potatoes sound wonderful.

bird's eye view said...

Thanks, Katiez. And black mustard seeds should be available from any Indian grocery store.

Pelicano said...

Wha, that's a fine dice! I think I can do it though... ;-) is this a Tamil dish? Was wondering because of the urad.

bird's eye view said...

Pelicano - this is a dish from Karnataka - urad dal is a pretty common feature in tadkas here. Do try this - it looks so pretty and works really well as a starter, instead of chips.

bird's eye view said...

Pelicano - this is a dish from Karnataka - urad dal is a pretty common feature in tadkas here. Do try this - it looks so pretty and works really well as a cocktail snack, instead of good ol' chips.