Friday, July 14, 2006

Potatoes in Gravy/Aloo gravy

Dear Foodies,


This was a dish that came out of boredom eating the usual potato fry. I wanted to make some kind of gravy and dint want to follow my usual style of boiling onions and tomatoes in water, cool and blend them to give the base for the dish. What I tried this time was to blend them raw and then cook. The difference in the texture and taste was significant and I liked it a lot better than my usual gravy.
I made Jeera rice along with this, it is one of my favourites and is also very easy and quick to make. I have also added the recipe for the Jeera Rice at the end of this post.

Back to the Potatoes, here's my recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 6 nos - Potatoes
  • 4 Tbsp - Oil
Spices:
  • 3 nos - Cloves
  • 2 nos - 1 inch Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 nos - Cardamom/elaichi
  • 1 tsp - Fennel seeds/Saunf
  • 1 tsp - Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp - Red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp - Garam masala powder

Soak for 10 mins in luke warm water:
  • 1 Tbsp - Poppy seeds/Khus khus
  • 2 Tbsp - Broken Cashews

Blend the soaked ingredients along with:
  • 2 nos - Onions, roughly chopped
  • 4 nos - Tomatoes ( I used one can of chopped tomatoes)
  • 3 nos - Garlic pods
  • 2 nos - Green chillies

Procedure:
  1. Boil the potatoes in some salt waterand peel. Before boiling them, you can randomly prick the potatoes with a fork which will help in cooking them uniformly. If using baby potatoes you can use them whole else cut them into quarters after boiling them.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp of oil in a wide pan and slightly roast the boiled potatoes such that a thin outer crust is formed.
  3. Heat the rest of the oil in another pan and add the whole spices.
  4. Once they slightly change color add the blended paste and simmer till the oil separates. Add some water to the mixture if its too thick or it will bubble out and spoil your kitchen.
  5. Add the powders and the potatoes next and let the gravy simmer for around 7-8 mins by which time the potatoes will take in the spices.
  6. Before turning off the heat you can also add some cream to lend a rich taste to the gravy. The cashews and poppy seeds used give a nice creamy texture and also tone down the spices a bit.
  7. Serve hot with Indian breads like naan/paratha/rotis or mild rice variations like pulao/jeera rice.

Note:
  • You can skip the roasting of the potatoes. I was in a mood of some crunch in the recipe and so roasted them a bit.
  • I guess you could add other vegetables like diced carrots, peas, cauliflower to this gravy.

Jeera Rice :

Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp - Cumin seeds/Jeera
  • 2 nos - Elaichi/Cardamom
  • 4 nos - 1 inch sticks of Cinnamon
  • 2 nos - Bay leaves/Biryani leaves
  • 1 nos - Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 nos - Garlic pods,sliced (optional)
  • 3 cups - Rice, pre-soaked in water for 30 mins
Procedure :
Heat some oil in a wide saucepan and saute the whole spices, once the raw smell vanishes add the garlic pods and onions and saute till the onions are transparent. Now add the rice and mix till the spices blend well and saute for about 1-2 mins. Transfer it all to a rice cooker, add water, salt and cook.

10 thoughts:

Menu Today said...

Hi,
Nice recipe. I also prefer frying potatoes.

Priya
Roasting them does add that extra edge to the recipe :-)

archana said...

The gravy sounds very rich, poppy seeds,cashew nuts !!! A must try,have book marked it. Thank you Priya. Will you please blog about the simple jeera rice when you have time ?

Priya
I did write about the recipe in the second para, but now I have added the recipe in detail right at the end of this post. Do chk it out :-) And I tried the Chilli Parotta's today...I just loved it, Thank u so much :-)

Krithika said...

Aloo gravy looks good. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Priya
Glad u liked it Krithika, do let me know if u try it out :-)

Vaishali said...

A great-sounding recipe, Priya. Cashews...hmmmm...must try them out with potatoes. Thanks for the idea.

Priya
Boredom is the mother of invention" at work here !! I made your Gajbaje for dinner today and I loved the taste and its so damn easy to make !!! Its going to be a regular dish from now on.

BDSN said...

The gravy sounds so yummy and with jeera rice it should have been a bomb!!! Wud definitely luv to try!!!

Priya
It definitely was yummy, BDSN. Do try it out, hope your having a wonderful time :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey
This is a version of dum aloo.

Priya
Hey Anon, this dish does have similarities to Dum aloo, but I have not cooked it in "dum" and also dum aloo is a bit more spicier and the gravy is richer than this. Will post the recipe for Dum Aloo soon.

Sowjanya said...

hey priya,

Thats really yummy. cool pics yaar.

KrishnaArjuna said...

Great pictures Priya! This recipe almost resembles dum aloo. I tried the same a couple of week ago.

DeepzUnlimited said...

Hey Priya,

I tried the recipe yesterday.. it turned out yummy :) ... i liked the idea of frying potatoes and that added crisp.

keep posting these kind of simple, easy to cook everyday recipes.... n the pic's are eye catchin....great going!!!!

Deepu

Linda said...

Hello Priya,

Thank you for the link! I have added your blog to my links as well. This Aloo curry recipe will help me alot; the step-by-step is wonderful and it looks just delicious :)

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