Sunday, May 13, 2007

Khus wale Aloo (Potatoes with Poppy & Dill)

Potatoes are an all time comfort food. Which is why I am always looking for new and innovative ways to cook this versatile vegetable. I was inspired by one of my favorite blogger Ashwini's til aloo recipe. Only thing is I didn't have any sesame seeds on me, but had 2 packs (don't even ask!) of poppy seeds and lots of fresh dill! While that explains how this dish got altered, I must say this a super simple recipe with guaranteed satisfaction. I have made this for 2 dinner parties so far, and has been an absolute hit. One of our guests recently mused how such a simple dish can balance subtle flavors so perfectly making every bite an amazing explosion flavor!

The crunchiness of the poppy seeds blends perfectly with the softness of the boiled potatoes and freshness of the dill leaves.

Potatoes with Poppy & Dill Recipe
1. 3-4 medium size potatoes
2. 1/2 tbsp white poppy seeds
3. 1/2 cup finely chopped dill
4. 1/4 tsp ginger paste
5. 1 tsp cumin seeds
6. 1 tsp mustard seeds
7. 1/2 tsp garlic paste
8. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
9. 2-3 red chillies
10. 1 tsp lemon juice
11. 2 tbsp oil
12. Salt to taste

1. Boil potatoes in salted water and cut into medium sized cubes
2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they begin to splutter add cumin seeds and red chillies and roast for a minute
3. Add ginger-garlic paste and roast. Add turmeric powder
4. Add poppy seeds and roast for 30 seconds
5. Add boiled potatoes and dill
6. Add lemon juice and salt to taste
7. Let it all mix well together and cook for another 2 minutes

Serve with Naan or Chapati.

Enjoy :)


Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Dhana ...
First time to ur blog....Lovely recipes... I love them all... great blog...

Dhana said...

Thanks Sukanya! Am glad you enjoyed the posts. I just checked out ur blog and loved the informative aspects :)

Anonymous said...

great recipe....thankz

Dhana said...

Thanks Dilip. Just visited your site. Impressive work on the FAHC stuff.

Richa said...

hi dhana, very unique recipe, would like to try it sometime. so do you add the poppy seeds in the tadka or after u add alu?

Dhana said...

oops, good point Richa! I just updated the recipe with the poppy seeds addition :).
Btw, I made your Parwal aur Kale Chane yesterday and it was a huge hit at home!!

Richa said...

thanks for the update dhana, i'm delighted to know that u & ur family enjoyed kale chane/parwal recipe, it's a fav at my home as well :)