Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mathura ki Dubki Wale Aloo ki Sabji

Well the above title can be roughly translated as Potato dipped in mathura's water. Isn't it a funny name? This is one of the simplest curry with no onions, no garlic and no tomatoes. Just spice powder's and potatoes.

During Navrathri season we had gujrathi neighbors who used to invite small girls (i.e. the girls who haven't attained puberty). It is a custom to worship young girls during the festival of navrathri.

I used to look forward to eating the food rather than the pooja. There used to be numerous items served like puri, sweets and this particular aloo ki subji. And I still have that lingering that in my mouth. Finally I found the recipe.

Ingredients:

Potato : 3-4 (Boiled. peeled and slightly smashed)
Green Chillies : 3-4 (finely chopped)
Cumin seeds/ jeera: 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves : 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
Water : 2 cups
Oil : 1 tsp
Salt according to Taste


Spice Powders:

Ginger Powder: 1/2 tsp or 1 inch ginger finely chopped
Chilli Powder : 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder: 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida : 1/4 tsp
Amchur Powder : 1 tsp
Garam Masala : 1/2 tsp

Procedure:
1. In a deep bottomed pan add oil, jeera and once the jeera starts spluttering add green chilli followed by chopped ginger in case you are not using the ginger powder.
2. Off the flame and all the spice powders except Garam Masala and Amchur and let the spices roast for 1/2 a min.
3. Add the smashed potato (don't smash all the potatoes, keep some small pieces in the curry) and mix with the spices.
4. On the flame and keep it on medium and add 2 cups of water and cook till it starts boiling.
5. Once it starts boiling add garam masala and Amchur powder.
6. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve with hot poori's. In the picture I have served it with neer dosa (as I had not made poori's :P)