Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Potato podimas

Potato is an almost universal favourite among vegetables. Chips, fries, a simple potato roast or this equally simple podimas - it sure is one vegetable that is hard to resist. A podimas is a simple stir fry of mashed potatoes tempered with some spices and topped with a dash of lemon juice. Anyone who has grown up in a Kerala Iyer household will be able to attest to the fact that this, with rasam and pappadam, is a much loved meal.

What you need:
Potato - 2 large baking potatoes or 4 medium sized, boiled, peeled and mashed
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Green chilli - 2, minced
Ginger - 1 tbsp, julienned
Curry leaves - a few
Juice of half a lemon

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. When the mustard seeds pop, reduce the heat and add the chilli and ginger. Saute for a minute and add the mashed potato, salt and turmeric powder. Mix well and heat for at least 5 minutes. Switch off heat. Add lemon juice and stir to mix well.

Variation : Leave out the lemon juice and add 2 tbsp of freshly grated coconut to the podimas.

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