Sunday, July 25, 2010

Purple Potato Saute Spiked with Chives

                             Purple Potato Saute Spiked with Chives

As we could feel summer officially the temperature in my part of the world on some days goes up to 107 degree F.In the months of December, January we literally cry for warmth but in summer complain about the heat .Chuckles. I found those cute little purple potatoes in the whole foods market last week and couldn’t resist buying them. Several recipes, thoughts crossed my mind .But my over growing chives plant craved some attention and I am using in all possible dishes. Chives has mild onion flavor and you could use them in Mediterranean dishes or bean salads or in anything you don’t prefer strong onion flavor. I add them to my bean salads, in whole grain crepes some times in curries. I add them to my cream cheese it is exotic as a spread along with toasted bread with olive oil and sea salt. Technically it is believed that colored potatoes provide more fiber and minerals than the white ones’s recipe super simple can be prepared on stove top or in an oven. You got enough time to roast it in an oven its more crisper and tastier than the stove top ones. Enjoy it with plain rice/breads .Add couple of variety of vegetables like carrots and cauliflower to the potatoes and enjoy it with a bowl of warm boiled brown rice. Its heaven on a rainy day.


Purple Potatoes -4(Medium Sized)

Chives Hand full (Chopped)

Mustard Seeds 1Tsp

Chana Dal 1Tsp

Urad Dal 1Tsp

Red Chili Powder 1Tsp

Cumin seeds /Jeera ½ Tsp

Oil 2Tsps

Salt to Taste


1. Wash and Dice the potatoes along with the peel to 1inch small pieces.

2. Heat a Wide Bottomed pan and when it is ready to season add mustard seeds,urad dal,chana dal,jeera and add the diced potatoes once the mustard seeds start to splutter.

3. Sprinkle the potatoes with little water and turn it on medium flame.

4. Add salt and close the pan with a cover. Check constantly for not being burnt

5. In about 15 Minutes the potatoes will start turning to be soft .Leave it on low flame for another 5 minutes and Switch off.

6. Garnish with chives and give a toss.

7. Potatoes are ready to be consumed .Add a Cup of cooked brown rice.

Boom turns out to be a one pot meal.

Oven Version

Preheat the Oven to 350 degree farenheit

1.Wash and cut the Potatoes along with the peel to 1 inch pieces
2.Mix all other ingredients with the potatoes
3.Add the Chopped chives the last five minutes before taking the dish out of the oven.If you like the burnt flavor add them at the initial step along with the potatoes.

4.Turn the mixture into a baking bowl

5.Bake it for 30 Minutes.It is ready