Recipes with the versatile potato

I’ve been busy with making some nice dishes using the ‘potato’. Its mainly because a dear friend requested for a few recipes. This is for you dear friend.

RECIPE 1: Aloo Paratha (Aloo = potato, Paratha = regular chapati made with a stuffing)

 Here’s what you need:

For the filling:
 *4 medium sized potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
 *1-2 green chillied, finely chopped. Alternatively you could use red chilli powder (vary the quantity as per your taste)
 *Salt to taste
* A sprig of finely chopped coriander

For the chapati dough:
 *250 gms of wheat flour
 * Pinch of salt
 * 1 tablespoon of refined oil (vegetable, sunflower oil)
 * Water

To make dough, mix all ingredients well in a bowl. Slowly add water and knead the dough. Make lemon sized(or slightly larger) balls and keep aside. Mix the ingredients for the filling together. Make sure there are no lumps from the potatoes. You could squeeze in a few drops of lemon juice to this filling. A fourth of a lime will be enough.

Roll out the dough into to make a chapati. Make sure the chapati is thin. Now add a spoon full of the filling and spread it out evenly with a spoon making sure you don’t tear the chapati. Add this filling onto one half of the chapati. Fold the other half and press the edges. Slowly lift this and place it on a tawa/griddle. Sprinkle a few drops of oil and roast the paratha well on both sides. Leaving you with some pictures. 

Mashed potato filling Rolled out chapati Add the filling

RECIPE 2: Potato and Raw banana cutlets

Here’s what you need:

* 1 raw banana (cook/steam the banana, remove the peel and mash it)
* 2-3 boiled, peeled and mashed medium sized potatoes
* 2-3 green chillies / red chilli powder (depending on your taste)
* Salt to taste
* 1 finely chopped onion (0ptional)
* A sprig of finely chopped coriander

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Make sure there aren’t too many lumps from the potato or banana. Make a ball and press it into a cutlet shape between your palms. Coat with bread crumbs on either side (you can work without the bread crumbs too). Shallow fry on a griddle.

Very, very tasty…

You could completely do away with the banana and make just pototo cutlets. Or you could add boiled and mashed carrots, beans, peas and make veggie cutlets. Use your imagination to vary the veggies..

Pictures…

RECIPE 3: Aloo Mattar (Potato and Green peas curry)

Here’s what you need:

*4 medium sized potatoes, cut into cubes of about a 1 inch
* 1 cup of green peas
* 2 finely chopped onions
* 2 ripe chopped tomatoes
* 1 tea spoon of ginger and garlic paste
* 1 teaspoon of red chilli powder
* 2 teaspoons of garam masala powder
* 2 tablespoons of oil
* Salt to taste
* Pinch of sugar

In a deep pan heat oil. To this add the ginger garlic paste and onions. Once the onions are soft, add the tomatoes. Stir and cook well till the tomotoes are completely soft. Add the garam masala, chilli powder and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the peas and potatoes. Add about 2 cups of water and close the pan. Cook on medium heat till the potatoes turn soft. The peas will cook very quickly, so no need to worry about them. Keep checking once in a while to make sure the water has not evaporated. Add salt and sugar (I always add a pinch of sugar to all my dishes as I feel it balances out the spice). It’s your choice if you wish to leave out the sugar.

***Alternately you could boil the potatoes before hand and cut them to cubes. Then add them at the last stage when you feel the peas are cooked. After adding potatoes just cook the curry for a couple of minutes. ***

The consistency of the curry is how you would like it. Add more water if you want it be watery or if you wish to savour it with rice.

Serve hot with chapati or white rice.

Note: If you don’t have garam masala powder, just add the salt, chilli powder and pinch of sugar. It will taste equally good.

Pictures..

Hope you enjoyed the recipes! Have fun making them and let me know how it turns out!

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5 comments

  1. These recipes look fantastic, the photographs look very appetizing and they will help when I follow your recipes. I have never made Paratha, this will be very adventurous for me. I have all of the ingredients apart from coriander, I may have to pop out and get some! ‘Potato and raw banana cutlets’ look and sound tasty, I have never seen such a combination of ingredients cooked like this before. The ‘Aloo Mattar’ looks delicious as well. I will definitely try these three recipes and will let you know how I get on. I am now feeling very hungry and looking forward to making them.

    1. Thanks a lot Lucy!
      You could try without the coriander, it will still taste good.
      All the best! Waiting to see pictures…

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