Monday, August 17, 2009

Aloo Masala ~ Baby Potato Curry!

This simple Baby Potato Masala or the Aloo Masala with Quick n simple Tomato Rice was our Saturday meal. Since Athamma was coming only on Sunday, we had a simple breakfast and planned to visit my new born nephew! Knowing its a national holiday for the Independence day, I agreed to meet my blogger friends. Only to know very late in the evening that it was a day off for the kids. So after our visit to hospital, we landed in Sra's place for a quick meet. We couldn't get many of the other bloggers, so in the end it was only Jayashree, Sra and me. With the entire zing bang in toe, couldn't naturally stay for long. We got treated to some delicious chocolates before leaving for home.

Back home I had just about half hour to prepare the lunch and this is what I could think of. The baby potatoes were great being ducked in the gravy and went very well with the quick tomato rice, which is my kids favorite. Will be sharing it on the Spice your Life blog!

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Baby Potato Curry ~ Aloo Masala

The day passed off in a blur, what with the Aadi Seasonal extravaganza in full swing in our neighborhood! Well you got to live here to experience the fun. Anyway the weekend passed away so quickly, and I am still left with not making up for my ICC! Athamma was home on Sunday and kids were jubilant seeing her. So happily left them with her and went for a movie. Its not everyday that we treat ourselves for one.

Needless to say we didn't even feel the Sunday, only to wake up today to a sudden outpour of rains in our parts of the world. It sure caught us unaware. Especially if its a Monday morning and you are prone to a MM Blues! Even after going through the menu that I planned for the day, I got delayed in the end. I rushed to office.

Coming to the recipe, its a simple aloo in a tomato base with spices and kasuri methi.


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Aloo Masala with Quick Tomato Rice ~ Our Meal!


Baby Potato Curry ~ Aloo Masala

Ingredients Needed:

Baby Potatoes - 150 gms
Onions - 1 medium, finely chopped
Tomatoes - 2 small, finely chopped
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 2"
Cardamom - 1
Curds/ Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Kasuri Methi - 2 pinches

Method to prepare:

  • Soak and wash the baby potatoes well to remove the dirt. Prick the potatoes with fork as these are going to be cooked with skin. Piecing them allows the air to come out.
  • Heat a pressure cooker with oil, add in the cloves, cardamom, cinnamon. Fry for 1 min.
  • Then add the onions, sauté well till its light brown. Add in the ginger garlic paste. fry till its all mixed and browned.
  • Next goes the tomatoes, simmer and add the salt and turmeric. Sauté for 5 mins for the tomatoes to get soft.
  • Then add the red chili powder, coriander powder and cumin powder. Simmer again for 5 mins. add in the baby potatoes and cook for couple of minutes. Have the flame in sim and add the curds. Mix well immediately so that it doesn't curdle.
  • After stirring well add 1 cup of water or enough to cover the baby potatoes. Sprinkle in the kasuri methi and cover with the pressure cooker lid. Cook for 4 -5 whistles till the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Once the steam is off, cook again for a 1 minute for the gravy to get thicken.
  • Serve it with Roti or Rice. The simple Tomato rice was a great combo for this spicy gravy.

Notes: Since both Curds and Tomatoes are added, the gravy could tend to become a bit more sour, so adjust by adding more chili to the gravy if you feel so.

Since its tough to peel the potatoes, makes it easy to cook with the skin on. Also many do eat with the skin on. so it ends up adding a different taste to the dish if you want to eat.

The simple meal disappeared in no time!

Have a great week ahead!


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34 comments :

Shaista Tabrez said...

looks delicious..

meeso said...

The potatoes looks so round and perfect... nice recipe!

Rush said...

aloo masala looks yum...definitetry at my place, will let u know soon how it cane out :)

sra said...

We missed you at lunch, Valli! Kamini joined us later, and we discussed a hot, blogging topic - will fill you in later ;)

Medhaa said...

hey srivalli, this is really simple and looks lovele, we usually eat it with the skin its healthy too. I will email you to continue the discussion

Zaara said...

ooooh - I still have yet to come across baby potatoes, I've had a hankering for this type of curry for a while. Will keep eyes peeled.
Side note - I've never seen the phrase "zing bang" in writing till Is aw your post, so I always wrote it as JING BANG - which is how I've HEARD it. ROFL. Now, I wonder if anyone knew what I was talking about when I used it in a sentence....

chakhlere said...

wow!! Curry looks yummy!!
I love baby potatoes!!

Uma said...

Tooo tempting Srivalli! looks so delicious :)

Mriganayani said...

Srivalli,

This looks so good. I love baby potatoes and usually fry them. They are also great for making Dum Aloo - I love your tomato rice as well.

Simran said...

Your baby potatoes look so cute...sometimes, the simple dish is the best.

Jayashree said...

Wish you could have stayed on for lunch, valli....maybe next time :-)

Nithya said...

Looks so yummy and neat. good choice of potatoes and I just love the recipe. I am sure it would turn to be my favorite too. :)

bindiya said...

Sri the potatoes look mouth watering!

Aparna said...

I love potatoes in any form and baby potatoes even better. Maybe that's why I'm thinking I resemble a potato somewhat! :)

Balakrishna said...

Aloo masala looks yum..great combo with tomato rice..:)

Remember..I am in Chennai too..:)

Pavithra said...

wow thats looking so yummy....

MeetaK said...

this is the way i like my potatoes!

jayasree said...

Baby potatoes looks so cute...Nice to know few bloggers could meet.

Mansi said...

I like eating potatoes with the skin on..different flavour and healthy..love the idea of using Kasuri methi..

Priya said...

Delicious Aloo masala Sri!!

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely curry...

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RAKS KITCHEN said...

Cute baby potatoes,who will say no to this:)

Parita said...

i just bought a bag of baby potatoes :) would love to make this

Priya Narasimhan said...

looks nice..baby potatoes are my favourite too..

jayasri said...

who will say no to these cute little potatoes in my house, everybody will love this..., good clicks too....

A_and_N said...

Bookmarked, Srivalli!

Divya Vikram said...

Sounds like a simple and a yummy meal!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

I love baby potatoes and yours looks great and delicious Srivalli. And the tomato rice combo is divine!

Ramki said...

Hi Srivalli,
Thanks for your nice comments on One Page cookbooks : Cooking in a Hotel room. As a prolific cook, your comments have a special value :)

rekhas kitchen said...

wow what a combination valli that plate rlooks so inviting yummmy.

Srivalli said...

Thank you everybody, never knew baby potatoes were such hit with all!

Anu said...

Wow looks delicious, yummy , mouthwatering...... Nice recipe...

Renu said...

I loved your pictures and recipe toooo...is this also called Dum Alloo??

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