Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rustic Baby Red Potato Fry

                                        Rustic Baby Red Potato Fry

I was amazed the first time when I saw the variety of potatoes available here in the USA.Its available in 4 different colors red,gold,brown and recently in the wholefood markets I am seeing the purple ones.This edible tuber is on my list to grow  for this summer.It is beleived that it grows fast and easy to cultivate them.I was talking to one of my co-workers ,she is from Soviet Union and she mentioned Potatos are very vital part of their meal.She said she grew up eating potatos everyday .She said they would just sautee with anything.I agree with her its such a versatile tuber that could be combo-ed with any veggies ,greens,legumes.But I cook potatos only once in two weeks or sometimes once in three weeks .Potatos as such contains good carbs but when it is deep fried or fried in oil it adds calories.In my house we love potato fry .It shows up in my kitchen once in 2 or 3 weeks.I always have a couple of them handy ,incase if I have surprise guests or sometimes on weekdays due to lack of time I will turn them in to a quick subji/curry to go with rice or rotis.Anyway coming to its versatality I remember sometime back I saw a recipe for potato kootu.The recipe I am going to present today is a simple one.You might think what is so great about this recipe that has to show up in a blog.I feel proud to put it here ,my Toddler Daughter who is a picky eater  had 3-4 of these cuties.Do you see the reason behind it :).


1.Boiled Red Baby Potatos  15Nos(with skin)

2.Oil -4 tsp

To Marinate

1.Salt to taste

2.Turmeric Powder 1/2 Tsp

3.Redchili Powder 1Tsp

1.I boiled the potatos for 2 whistles in a pressure cooker.You can boil them on stove top for about 15Mins.
2. Punch the boiled potatos with a fork.This is done for the spices to get marinated well.Dont overdo.One   gentle punch is good enough.
3.Marinate the Potatos with the above ingredients for about 1/2 hour.

To season

1.Mustard Seeds 1/2Tsp

2.Chana dal 1/2 Tsp

3.Urad Dal 1/2 Tsp

4.Jeera/Cumin Seeds 1/2 Tsp

5.Asfoetida a Dash


1.Heat a heavy bottom pan/kadai heat the oil and add the seasonings mustard seeds,chana dal,urad dal,jeera/cumin seeds,asfoetida

2.Add the marinated Potatos.Adjust the salt

3.Fry until the potatos turn golden brown.

4.Enjoy !!!!


1.If you remove the skin the marinating time can be minimized.

2.During seasoning you can add curry leaves.

3.At the end you can chopped basil or parsley.I added few chopped basil to mine.Tasted good.