January 9, 2006

Aloo poreel aka fried potatoes

Potatoes have become an essential vegetable at our home quite recently partly because of the realization that it is a wonderful substitute for reducing rice and chappathi consumptions with more nutrients and also because of the fact that potatoes can be cooked in myriad number of ways adding up with almost all other veggies, meat, chicken, egg, etc. We usually cook potatoes with their jackets on in order to preserve the vitamins and minerals; especially when frying, their healthy, digestible properties are considerably lost due to carbonizing. Here is how we fry our potatoes.

Aloo poreel aka Fried potatoes recipe
Serves - 4
Preparation time - 20 minutes

Potatoes - 1/2 kg
Onions - 2, medium size, finely chopped
Garlic - 3 beads
Ginger - 1/2-inch piece; grind garlic and ginger to a smooth paste
Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Cummin seeds powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Fenugreek seeds powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt - 3/4 teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Black-gram dal - 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves - a sprig
Coriander leaves - a small bunch
Oil - 2 teaspoon
Ghee - 1 teaspoon

Method: Boil the whole potatoes in a vessel covering it entirely till it yields to slight pressure of the hand. Remove, allow it to cool, peel off the skins, and cut it into big pieces. Smear the masala powders and paste all over the cut potatoes with a sprinkling of water. Heat a frying pan and pour in the oil and ghee. When very hot, add the mustard seeds to splutter, black-gram dal to brown lightly, curry leaves, and then the onions. When the onions turn limp, add the seasoned potatoes, and fry over low heat turning over the potatoes frequently. Sprinkle in the coriander leaves just before removing from the fire.



Blogger Ashwini said...

Hi VK. Thanks for visiting. Appreciation means so much at this stage. Loooove all your posts. Tried the Chocolate idlee. Can there be more necessary food groups?!Thanks

Anonymous MP said...

Your Dhaba is wonderful! Appreciate your effort in posting new recipes.

Anonymous roshan said...

i have always loved potato fries. Your poreal looks delicious. I'll ask my mom to prepare it....

Blogger vkn said...

Thank you Ashwini. You write real brilliantly. I too love to know of any other food groups if someone would like to share of its existence.

MP - Thank you for being our guest of the day. Please do stay in touch.

Roshan - I really do not know how you will take it if I would request you to prepare this dish following the recipe and surprise your mom one day. Let me know what you think.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this poreal recipe. I just made it 2 hrs ago for lunch. It was delicious.

However, my only comment is that the ginger-garlic paste did not really gel with this dish. Is this a standard inclusion in this dish?

Good luck!

Anonymous megha said...

Its delicious and yummy too.. i have prepared many times and it is nice... i have some other nice delicious receipes and yummy dishes...

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