Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Potato Bhaji / Batate Bhaji


This is a very easy potato bhaji recipe and it goes well with roti or dosa. This also makes good stuffing for grilled sandwiches and masala dosa. It can be prepared a day in advance and makes a good dish for picnics, parties or tiffin boxes.

Ingredients

5 boiled and mashed potatoes
1 cup chopped onions
2-3 green chillies
1 teaspoon urad dal
2-3 methi (fenugreek) seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon
cumin seeds
one strand curry leaves
1/8 teaspoon asafoetida
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
handful of cilantro or coriander leaves (
chopped)
lemon juice (optional)
2 teaspoon oil
salt as per taste


Method

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds splutter add turmeric powder, cumin seeds, asafoetida, methi seeds, and urad dal. Fry till the urad dal is pink. Then add chopped green chili and curry leaves and coat it well with the masala. Add the onion and fry the onion is transparent. Add the mashed potatoes and 1 cup water. You may add raw cubed potatoes, but it is quicker to make this bhaji with boiled potatoes. Cook till all the flavors blend well. Garnish with coriander leaves and lemon juice.


Variations:
-Add 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala or maharashtrian goda masala for more flavor if you plan to have it with roti or bread.
-Add a handful of cooked peas.
- Add little more water to the potatoes to make the bhaji liquidish.


Preparation time: 30 minutes
Serves: 3-4

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