I’m posting another recipe for “Operation Learn to Cook Like Mom.” Flavorful, vegetarian and cheap Indian food. ‘Nuf said.
Today’s dish is the potato recipe that my family eats with Kadhi.
2 medium-sized onions
2 chilies (or to taste)
one sprig of curry leaves
salt to taste
1/4 tsp of turmeric
1/4 tsp of mustard seeds
1/4 tsp of cumin seeds
1/2 tsp of chili powder (or to taste)
3 tbsp oil (1 tbsp per potato)
A couple of sprigs of cilantro (not pictured, sorry)
- Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. If you cut them in half widthwise, they don’t cook as evenly.
- Submerge the three medium-sized potatoes in water in a large pot.
- Boil the water on the stove.
- When you can easily poke fork tines through the potatoes, they are done.
- It should take about 12 minutes or so.
- Drain the water from the cooked potatoes and let cool.
- Dice the onions and the chili pepper finely.
- Pour oil in a pan on medium heat.
- Add the mustard seeds to the oil.
- Let the mustard seeds cook until you hear them “pop.”
- Add the cumin seeds to the oil.
- Let cook for a minute.
- Add the diced onions, chilies and curry leaves to the oil.
- Let cook until the onions are translucent.
- Add the salt, chili powder and turmeric to the pan.
- Let cook for a minute.
- Peel and dice the cooked potatoes.
- Add the potatoes and the cilantro to the pan.
- Stir well.
- Let cook for a few minutes while stirring occasionally.
- Enjoy with kadhi and basmati rice.
- And thecha on the side if you’re so inclined.
If anything, I’m exaggerating on the prices (especially the spices) below. Ethnic grocery stores, people! It’s the wave of the future.
- 3 medium-sized potatoes – $0.35
- 2 medium-sized onions – $0.20
- 2 chilies – $0.37
- one sprig of curry leaves – $0.05*
- 1/4 tsp of turmeric – $0.01
- 1/4 tsp of mustard seeds – $0.01
- 1 tsp of cumin seeds – $0.01
- 1/2 tsp of chili powder (or to taste) – $0.01
- salt to taste – $0.01
- 3 tbsp of olive oil – $0.25
*As an example of the wonder of the ethnic store: In the kadhi recipe I posted, I listed the curry leaves as $0.40. I got that price from Amazon.com. The price listed here is from the ethnic grocery store. Although the actual curry leaves I actually used were from my mother’s curry plants and cost less than a penny.
As I mentioned above, we usually eat this with kadhi and basmatic rice. A meal for a family of four: $1.27+$1.00 + $0.75 (1 cup of Basmati rice) = $3.02
- You can ditch the cilantro
- You can use different kinds of potatoes.