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Bataata Nu Shaak (potatoes cooked Gujarati style)

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1 lbs. potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/8 tsp. heeng (asafoetida)
1/2 tsp. haldi (turmeric powder)
1 tsp. laal mirchi (red chili powder)
1/2 tsp. rai (mustard seeds)
1/2 tsp. sabut zeera (cumin seeds)
1/2 tbsp. sabut zeera (cumin seeds), toasted and ground into a powder
1/2 tbsp. sabut dhaniyaa (coriander seeds), toasted and ground into a powder
1 tbsp sugar
2 small hot green chilies
1/4 inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled
1 medium tomato, chopped finely
2 tbsp. cilantro leaves, chopped, for garnish
salt to taste
2 - 3 tbsp. canola oil

  • In a coffee grinder make a fine paste out of the ginger and the green chilies. Use as little water as you can. Set aside.
  • In a kadai (Indian wok), heat the canola, throw in the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fry until the seeds begin to crackle. Be careful as they splatter. You can cover with a lid.
  • Quickly thereafter add the asafoetida, turmeric, chili powder and the ginger-green chili paste. Stir fry for a couple of minutes until the oil separates. Make sure to not let the spices and the paste get burnt. Keep a little water on the side of the stove. Add drops of water whenever the pan gets too dry.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and fry the masala. Fry for a few minutes until the tomatoes have wilted.
  • Add the potatoes and mix well. Add 2 cups of water, the sugar and salt to taste. Cover the kadai with a lid and cook until the potatoes are done. Sprinkle the ground cumin and coriander seeds. Mix and cook for another minute. Garnish with cilantro greens and serve hot.

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