Kiran Somanchi

Posts Tagged ‘Garam masala’

A New Twist on an Old Tradition

In Indian, Recipes on April 1, 2011 at 11:48

Potato Stir-fry I often catch myself thinking I was a better improviser in the kitchen. It takes a lot of skill to be able to take what you have in the pantry and the fridge and churn out a delicious dish quickly and without much prep work or planning.

Well, tonight was the night where I got to practice my iron chef like mad skills and make something delicious in less than 30 min. using ingredients I already had. It’s a twist on a dish I have seen my mum make dozens of times when she didn’t have the energy to prepare an elaborate meal. It’s a pretty simple dish involving potatoes, onions, and capsicum. Here’s the recipe:

2 medium potatoes

1 medium onion

1 medium capsicum

1 small green chilli chopped

1 clove garlic minced

2-3 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp caraway seeds

1 tbsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp turmeric (for color)

salt to taste

handful of freshly chopped coriander for garnishing

The nice thing about preparing this dish is that you pretty much add all ingredients at once and sit tight. You don’t have to worry about sweating the onions, softening the potatoes or any of that bullshit. Just chop the onions, potatoes, and capsicum to approximately even sizes so they cook quickly and evenly.

In a wok, heat the olive oil on medium for a couple of minutes and add the green chilli, garlic, and caraway seeds. Fry for a couple of minutes until the garlic starts to brown and all onions, potatoes, and capsicum to the wok. Mix all ingredients evenly so the vegetables are all coated with a nice golden layer of olive oil. Potatoes_2011_03_24_0002.CR2Add the garam masala, cumin, coriander, paprika, and turmeric and continue mixing to season all the vegetables. Fry for 15-20 min. or until the potatoes are soft.


Add salt to taste. In my case, I didn’t add any turmeric, but that’s just personal preference. Enjoy!