Monday, 25 May 2015
NOTUN ALOO R DUM / NO ONION / NO GARLIC
This is a winter speciality back home. It is during winter only we used to get small potatoes which is called 'notun aloo' meaning new potato... perhaps grown in Nainital....a beautiful, picturesque hill station in the Himachal range. I never could or can equate its scenic beauty with potato fields. Yet to visit the place, I am sure the inquisitive me will look for potato growing areas and justify the sellers shouting in early december mornings.... 'didi Nainital aloo niye jan'.... at times they go to the extent of suggesting recipes.... I never mind...I could feel the warmth. Missing home is not only about missing family but every little thing taken into account.
So, since childhood Nainital meant both..... a beautiful tourist attraction and the source of small round, new potatoes flooding the markets in winter. So far savouring its beauty is concerned, its in our retirement plans to explore the beautiful, incredible homeland, just the two of us. They say a lifetime is not enough to explore through all the places of our homeland. Coming to NOTUN ALOO R DUM, here we get the small potatoes throughout the year so I do not have to wait for a winter season to prepare it. At my home these small potatoes were prepared without onion/garlic. I follow the same recipe. This goes very well with plain chapatis or a vegetarian pulao. Let us see how the recipe is.
Small Potatoes : 300gm
Tomato : 2 medium
Ginger Paste : 1 tbsp
Cumin Powder : 1 tsp
Coriander Powder : 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp
Salt : As required
Cumin Seeds : 3 pinches
Bayleaf : 1
Sugar : 1/2 tsp[can be skipped]
Oil : 4 tbsp
Coriander Leaves : 2 sprigs
Wash and boil the potatoes over gas oven till it is 60% done.
Chop the tomatoes and coriander leaves and wash separately.
Once cold, peel the skin with fingers alone.
Rub turmeric and salt keeping it either whole or cutting it half.
Heat oil in the wok. Fry the potatoes in batches till light brown.
Drain the oil and keep aside.
Temper same oil with cumin seeds, bayleaf.
Add the ginger paste and fry till the raw smell goes away.
Add the chopped tomatoes and fry till it melts.
Add the salt, turmeric, red chilli powder, cumin and coriander powder. Saute well till the raw smell goes.
Add the potato pieces, fold in well. Stir for 2 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup water and boil for 3 minutes.
Add the sugar and chopped coriander leaves. Stir, its done!!