So what do I do when I have not much groceries at home? Or lets say when I need to have pure veg… even without onions…? or maybe those days when I have everything but do not feel like spending more than a minute in kitchen… in short am feeling lazy to cook…? These are the days when Solanum tuberosum comes handy… well coming from a degree in Botany I was eagerly wanting to use the scientific name of what is commonly called as ‘Potato’. The most common ingredient in so many India recipes is actually neither a vegetable nor a fruit, it is instead a tuber. Full of vitamins, minerals and fibers, potatoes are usually considered ‘unhealthy’ since the popularity of low-carb diet as they are high in starchy carbohydrates. However, potatoes prepared in a healthy manner like baking or boiling are good vis-à-vis french fries or chips.
So this preparation with boiled potatoes is probably a time-saver, healthy yet tasty recipe. Since we both love potatoes, since we both want to focus on healthy food and since there are so many days when I suffer from laziness… ‘Aloo Methi’ has found a special place in our household and my blog. Go ahead and embrace this simple and easy concoction of aloo/potatoes and methi/fenugreek.
- Potatoes, peeled, boiled and cubed – 4 medium
- Bay Leaf – 1
- Whole Garam Masala:
- Green Cardamom – 2-3
- Cloves – 2-3
- Cinnamon – 1 inch stick
- Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
- Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
- Ginger paste – 1 tbsp
- Tomatoes, finely chopped – 1 medium
- Green chillies, chopped or slit – to taste
- Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
- Cumin powder – 1 tsp
- Coriander powder – 1 tsp
- Red chilli powder – to taste
- Fenugreek/Methi leaves/Kasoori Methi – 1 bunch or 2-3 tsp (if using kasoori methi)
- Yogurt, well beaten – 1 tbsp
- Salt – to taste
- Sugar – to taste (optional)
- Oil – 1 tbsp
- Peel the potatoes, wash and cut them into small cubes and boil them till cooked but not mashed.
- Wash Fenugreek Leaves (if using fresh) well (2 to 3 times) in a tub of water and chop.
- Place leaves in a medium bowl and sprinkle salt on them. Mix well and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.
- Heat oil in a pan, add the bay leaf and whole garam masala, saute for a minute.
- Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
- Add ginger paste, green chillies, tomatoes and fry well.
- Add turmeric powder, cumin, coriander powder, red chilli powder, salt to taste and Fenugreek leaves or Kasoori Methi. Mix well and saute for a minute.
- Add the well beaten yogurt on low flame and mix well.
- Add the boiled and cubed potatoes. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Uncover and cook till the desired consistency.
- Add sugar if desired and mix well.
- Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Ain’t it fast n easy ?