I was out with the girls yesterday evening and over several glasses of Cosmopolitans we got to discussing the "Perfect Man". One of my friends, AJ, said she'd seen somewhere a baking gag that one could buy - on the lines of "Bake your perfect man!" Now wouldn't that be a delicious experience. Mine would be made of chocolate!
So what would your perfect man be like? I really do not have to think twice about this one. It's easy - a mix between Daniel Craig and Jamie Oliver! Now where can I get my hands on that kind of baking mix, ladies? On the outside a 100% Daniel Craig, including every one of the six packs and those magnetic blue eyes. The inner qualities, I would divide between the rugged charm of DC's character James Bond and the slight madness and cooking freak of JO!
Before I get caught up in my wild fantasy, let me get to the real issue of this post!
Potatoes! A common vegetable that often is underrated. The Indian kitchen provides us with a multitude of varieties to cook the potato, making it in my eyes a very versatile ingredient.
Last month's Bollywood Cooking session shared with you an amazing spicy okra with onions, a recipe from the dazzling the Bollywood Cookbook, by Bulbul Mankani. The okra recipe is a favorite of one of India's hottest stars Saif Ali Khan (a baking mix with a peppering of him would not be too bad either!).
This month I thought I would feature another recipe from the cookbook, given the fact that this month's Monthly Mingle features Indian cuisine in the spectacular MM theme Bollywood Cooking. This time, thanks to Bulbul, I am able to give away an autographed copy of this cookbook to one spectacular entry. I already have a few good looking entries and look forward to more. You have till May 5th to send me your entries.
Coming back to the recipe. The recipe is one from the legendary Bachans. If there were ever to be something like a Royal Family in India I am sure the Bachan family would regally fit the position. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about their life and especially about their eating habits. You see a person in a totally different light when you know what their food likes and dislikes are. A dish that instantly intrigued me was this Aachari Alu - potatoes in a mango chutney sauce. I cannot remember ever having tried this combination of flavors before and it was perfect for a recent Indian dinner party I gave.
The recipe's main star is the potato and a little bit like Cinderella's tale, the drab looking spud is turned into a glamorous dish fit for the red carpet with the magical addition of mango chutney. The great thing about this story is that there is no pumpkin at the strike of 12 - just a lot of satisfied smiles all around.
And Prince Charming will be eating out of your hands!
Printable version of recipe here.
8 large potatoes, peeled and cut in quarters
3 tomatoes, chopped
2 onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 tablespoons mango chutney sauce, without mango pieces.
Handful of fresh coriander leaves, chopped
Salt and pepper
Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan. Sauté the onions on high heat until golden, then add the tomatoes. Under regular stirring cook the mixture until it turns into a thick paste.
Add some salt and the turmeric powder. After a minute throw in the potatoes and approx. 50 milliliters water. Covered and on low heat, simmer the potatoes until soft and the water has evaporated - this takes about 15-20 minutes.
Stir in the mango pickle sauce and a sprinkling of pepper. Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves and serve with warm rotis or pita bread.
Nothing could be more simpler yet so exquisite. If you have your own homemade mango chutney sauce - perfect. If not use your favorite store bought chutney instead. This was a brilliant addition to my Indian dinner and all my guests kept asking what the secret to the dish was. When adding the chutney make sure it is not the really sweet stuff. I make a mild one which is sweet, spicy and a bit sour, so all the flavors highlighted the potatoes perfectly.
Look forward to all your wonderful Bollywood Cooking entries.
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