Monday, February 18, 2008

Potato Kurma for any day!

Finally its here, yes I think for everything there is a time right appropriate to sing its laurel. Amma makes the best of Kurmas, though the basic rule for kurma is same, with each legume or vegetable she changes something that gives that kurma, something special to remember on. I have been procrastinating on this post for so long. Finally I knew this is the best time to speak on it. Amma's Potato Kurma is the best. I have been making one for many years without knowing the subtle changes that Amma had added to hers. I never really asked nor remembered much from cooking with her. I mostly learnt helping her in the kitchen while she did the main things. But somehow I never really noticed that she add few things extra to certain dishes. Whenever I make this at home, Athamma says this is different from what Amma makes. Though this is good but not as good as Amma's. Well finally I had to ask what she puts in that makes it all so different. I guess those made all the difference to it.

It is so strange that we finally cook potatoes in its most admired form at home off late. Yes, Konda loves the potato roast and if I pack that for her curd rice, I see an empty box coming home. What more can I ask for? We who have never indulged potatoes in this form, now prepare it 3 times a week just for her. For all I try, I am unable to think of anything else to say today, so I shall just go on with the recipe. Guess my muse is gone for a vacation, that is, if I ever had one. For those of you who read through my rant and rave, sorry come back tomorrow for that. But you can take a look at this recipe as this is a keeper.

Ingredients Needed:

Potatoes - 250 gms
Onions - 2 medium
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Coriander leaves for garnish
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt to Taste

To be ground

Coconut paste - 2 tbsp
Clove - 1
Cinnamon - 1"
Poppy Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fried gram dal - 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mint leaves 10 nos

Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves few

Method to prepare:

Boil Potatoes and peel. Keep aside.

Chop Onions and Tomatoes finely. Ground the ingredients to a smooth paste.

Heat a pan with oil, temper with mustard and curry leaves. Then sauté onions till they are light brown. Then add ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 mins.

Then add tomatoes and all the other powders. Cook with lid covered for 10 mins.

Then add the ground paste and sauté well till it gets cooked and oil comes out. Add the cubed potatoes and required water. Let it boil and finally garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

I am sending this to Sia and Dhivya's potato event.

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hobbitt said...

Interesting to read a different version of potato korma. Not being too fond of fennel seeds, I normally grind khus-khus, cinnamon, coconut and green chillies only for the paste.
I did send u a mail regarding the arusuvai friendship chain but I probably sent it along with a comment for one of ur posts in cooking4allseasons ! Guess that itself will give u my answer -not being too net savvy, I still have to get more familiar with this tech,. in order to join ! Thanks for reading my latest post !

Asha said...

Happy Monday dear Sri!:))

I love fennel seeds and fennel bulbs too, I will try this Kurma.Thanks for the recipe.

Valli said...

hey srivalli, thanks for dropping by my blog :) - the potato kurma i make is really simple. I am gonna try yours with mint, fennel, poppy seeds - that will be a blast of taste.
Oh as for jodha akbar - hrithik has no dance sequence in the movie - so watching the movie on a DVD is best :)

Namratha said...

This is an interesting way to make Kurma, love the colour of it.

Siri said...

Potato Kurma is indeed a keeper Srii, and mom's kurma is THE best!..:D.. Lovely write up.


Sia said...

i am trying to remember the last time i had potato kurma. i love what my amma makes and also the one my hubby makes for me. now that u reminded i better go and order kurma for tonight's dinner;)
thank you valli for sending me ur amma's recipe:)

satya said...

Never tasted kurma with just potatoes.Recipe sounds interesting.Thank you for sharing Srivalli.

Happy cook said...

I've never made potato like this with coconut paste in it.
They looks so delicious. Will meake them

Kalai said...

Srivalli, this looks so delicious and creamy! Will definitely try this out! :)

Superchef said...

this recipe is defeniely a keeper!!

shriya said...

I used to make kurma with some vegetables and never tried it with potato alone. This kurma recipe is very different. Mint and poppy seeds is a great addition, must have given a rich flavor to the dish. Love it.

Linda said...

Hi Sri, this looks like just what I am craving, and I just got a bunch of potatoes and tomatoes today so I think it's lunch tomorrow :) Lovely pic!

Srivalli said...

hobbitt, thanks...try this you will surely like it

Asha, Same to you ...thanks..

Valli, you are welcome...thanks..and yes I will wait for the dvd

Namratha, thank you..

Siri, glad you liked it

Sia, ehmm..good to know that!

satya, you are welcome

Happy cook, then you should..its lovely

Kalai, let me know how you like it

Manju, thanks

shriya, sure it was...thank you

Linda, do try this will be a treat to senses, thanks

DK said...

I have never made aloo kurma per se before and I see one which I am going to make soon. Adding fennel would have made it smell so delicious and tasty. I luv adding mint to my potato dishes. I feel that mint and Potatoes compliment each other soo well :) Luv this Sri..Thanks for sending it my way :)

adam said...

this is so delicious

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks delicious dear...

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