Growing up, generally my Mom was the ruler of the kitchen. But that didn’t mean my Dad couldn’t hold his own. I remember distinctly when I was 7, he brought home a few cans of fruit and declared he was going to make fruit cobbler. And he did and it was pretty tasty and exotic for a kid like me who was most familiar with Indian sweets and birthday cake. He also went through phases where he would make the best chocolate chip pancakes or coffee milkshake. My Dad lost his mother when he was in his teens so he learned early to do many household tasks for himself. For example, he prefers to do his own laundry and ironing and takes great pride in his crisp, pressed shirts.
Talking to my friends growing up I understood that my Dad was an anomaly for his generation. And maybe that was why when my Mom would leave to go to India by herself, she didn’t seem worried. Dad was able to handle all the day to day household responsibilities down to the cooking. Although, I will say that we generally ate some variation of lentils, potatoes, and Indian whole wheat flatbread every day while Mom was gone. When she returned I remember not wanting to see another potato for a quite a while.
Of all his potato creations, this one is still going strong and we often request Dad to make his jeere wale aloo or cumin crusted potatoes. It is simply spiced with cumin seeds, ground coriander and dried mango powder or aamchur (available at Indian markets or online) – which is the game changer in my opinion. It gives the potatoes an addictive tang that is crave-worthy. The dish comes together pretty quickly after the potatoes are boiled. They would be great with masala egg scramble or any tandoori ribs. And they are most definitely kid approved. Just leave out the green chili if you are worried about the heat level.
|4 servings||10 minutes|
|Cook Time||Passive Time|
|30 minutes||15 minutes|
Potatoes are sautéed and covered in a blend of cumin, coriander and dried mango powder or aamchur.
- 1 lb potatoes - I like Yukon Gold
- 2 tbl flavorless oil - I like grapeseed
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 green chili like jalapeno or serrano, minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp sour mango powder or aamchur **
- Cover the potatoes with water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook at a simmer for 15 minutes until they are cooked through and a knife can pierce the potato all the way to the center.
- Drain the potatoes and let them cool.
- Once they are cool, cut them into 1 inch pieces.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once oil is shimmering, add the cumin and green chili (if using) and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the potatoes and sprinkle with the salt. Let the potatoes cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes until the turn golden. Stir and let the other sides cook undisturbed so they also take on the golden hue.
- When the potatoes are almost done, add the coriander and aamchur and stir well.
- When you are happy with the color of the potatoes, they are done! Serve immediately. Although you can store leftovers, these taste best fresh.
Nilong Vyas says
Would you use a non stick pan?
Shveta Berry says
Yes, i always use non-stick. Let me know how you like them!