Potatoes have so much goodness sealed in them and when cooked thoughtfully they are a great accompaniment to many dishes or consumed on their own. The great thing with this potato recipe is that the potatoes are washed and boiled with their skin on, so the goodness remains within during the cooking process. The dish uses dried mango powder which is available in Indian grocery shop. If you have not been to one yet, you will be fascinated by the various ingredients available. I love the Indian herbs and spices especially since I discovered their healing properties.
- 6 medium potatoes
- 4 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp roasted cumin seeds
- 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tbsp crushed coriander seeds
- 1/3 tsp dry mango powder
- 2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander
- ½ tsp ginger paste
- ½ tsp garlic paste
- 1 green chilli chopped
- 1 medium onion, slices
- In a saucepan, boil whole potatoes immersed in water until cooked (test by piercing a skewer or a knife, it should slide through)
- Allow to cool, then peel and chop potatoes into bites size pieces. No need to use the knife for peeling, pinch one bit and peel off the rest with fingers.
- Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and sauté till it changes colour.
- Add chopped green chilli, onion pieces, ginger garlic paste and fry for 2mins.
- Add salt, red chilli powder, crushed coriander seeds and dry mango powder.
- Throw in potato cubes and stir carefully till the spices cover all the potato cubes well.
- Add coriander leaves and stir. Serve hot.
This is a versatile dish which can be served as a side dish or can be eaten as a snack in-between meals with a squeeze of lemon juice. I often use it as a filling in a spinach wrap (tortilla) with humus and tabouli.
Fill it in normal bread slices and toast in a hot sandwich press drizzled with olive oil and serve with a sauce of your choice.
Tips: reduce the amount of spices to suit your family’s taste. If your kids are not used to very spicy flavours, start off with a mild version but I can guarantee that in no time they will demand more and more of this. This is a much healthier alternative to French fries and surely you will not mind your children eating it day in day out.