Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lunch Box Series : LBS#44

I guess we all reach a point when things seem to go on at their own pace. We simply seem helpless in heart of things. I guess it happened with me. For once after a long time, I seem to have quite a few to share, not that they are very extraordinary dishes or something very fancy. But believe those can beat the best out. I am referring to those simple comfort food. They matter and yes they bring back so much nostalgic memories. The other day, I happened to cook a simple aloo masala for my brother and while making it, I remembered Amma making something similar years ago when we were small. We 3 would have same likings and Sree would like something different. So for him she used to make this kura for him while we used to eat those yummy tomato chutneys or something on those lines. He never liked Tomato Chutney or thokku. I was wondering if he remembered those days ago. They seem so far off!

After having remembered this dish, I was itching to make this again. And I thought it would make a great lunch box combo with the Masala Rice that I recently seem to be making. These two got paired off quite well and the kids loved it too.

Today's Lunch Box had

Masala Rice
Baby Aloo Masala ~ Chinna Urlagadda Masala Kura
Curd Rice

Baby Aloo Masala ~ Chinna Urlagadda Masala Kura

Ingredients Needed:

Baby Aloo - 250 gms
Onions - 2 medium
Tomatoes - 2 big
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder - 1 - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Whole cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 2"
Cardomom - 1
Fennel powder - 1/4 tsp
Coconut Milk - 1 cup
Coriander leaves for garnish
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp

For seasoning
Curry leaves, few
Mustard seeds few

Method to prepare:

Wash the baby potatoes and prick with fork. Do not peel, just pressure cook it till tender. Allow it to cool down before you peel the skin. Do not cut them into peices. These have to be used as whole

Heat a pan with oil, splutter the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Then saute the onions till they are pink, then add the ginger garlic paste and fry till its brown.

Then add the chopped tomatoes along with salt and turmeric powder. Simmer till the tomatoes are really soft and mashed.

Add in all the spices and cook in sim till the oil starts coming out. Then add the boiled baby potatoes and allow it to get fried.

Once you see the potatoes are roasted a bit, add coconut milk and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and then simmer till you get a good consistancy.

Add the chopped coriander leaves and simmer for 5 - 10 mins.

Serve with Masala rice, chapatis.

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Superchef said...

mmm..i will be more than happy to get a lunch box like that!! looks very delicious!

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. mouthwatering Baby aloo gravy & rice.. nice entry...

Indhu said...

yummy aloo sabzi :)
love your LBS recipes :)

Poornima Nair said...

Its almost lunch time and that looks so tempting, wish I could just have that...

Preety said...

this really is a gr8 combo for lunch box..

Smitha said...

A visual delight for me... I wish it was a delight for my palate as well!

Some Kinda Wonderful said...

Ah... this post left me with big hungry pains in my middle! :) I am going to try this tomorrow, I promise. I love potato curries and masalas and such. The potato may be native to the America's but the cuisines of India really make it a star!

suparna said...

Hi srivalli,
great combo for a filling and satisfying meal.nice pics, TC

Cham said...

That is a Real comfort food, but the portion are too small for me Valli :(


Baby potatoes are so pretty,kids will surely enjoy :)

jayasree said...

Aloo gravy is tempting. Cooking them in coconut milk must hv given nice flavor to the gravy.

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Delicious lunch Combo. Kutti Urrulaikizhangu is also our fav.

Happy cook said...

Wow the baby masala curry looks so delicious. I am going to try it once.
Here hans is a sick he has been having head aches for few days and now he is having fever, si i called our doctor and now i am waiting for the doc to come.

Sharmila said...

Always love your lunch box series .. get to see some good combos. :-)

Poonam said...

mouthwatering aloos...I am drooling

bindiya said...

liked the baby potatoes a lot, will try out this recipe asap

Soma said...

Those aloos look very delicious. Nice combination. .healthy & filling.

Simran said...

I like aloo in any form but SPECIALLY if they look this cute

Priya said...

One of the best combi of veg dishes...yummmmy

Ashwini said...

Love to have such nice lunch box with yummy food..delish

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Lovely food for box. So mouthwatering. Those potatoes looks so cute. YUM!

A_and_N said...

Bookmarked! :)

homecooked said...

Hmmm....the tiffin looks yummy! The baby alu curry looks so rich!

Kamini said...

The baby potatoes look so good! Who doesn't love them?!

supersamayal said...

wow, this is great for lunch. Keep up the good work.

Suganya said...

If my mom pampered me with such delicious gravies, I would ask for them too. With the onset of spring, I see a lot of new potatoes. This recipe has tempted me enough to try.

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