Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Puffy Poori/Puri N Purple Potato Sides

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My only request before you are put-off by the purple potato -- Give it a try. I don't know if purple potatoes are available everywhere but they come in little netted packages in the gourmet-foods section of the supermarket. What prompted me to try this potatoes? Curiosity, why else? Now I am hooked. These mildly sweet bodied potatoes look gorgeous and taste awesome(even better than red or golden potatoes) when made into curry that goes so well with Poori/Puri and Yogurt Rice.

For the Potato Sides:
  • Purple Potatoes - 6-8, small ones, cut, boiled,peeled and roughly smashed
  • Red Onion - 1, large, vertically slit
  • Gralic - 3 cloves, minced
  • Mustard & Urad dhal - for seasoning
  • Green Chillies - 4-5, vertically slit (A tsp of cracked Pepper may be used instead)
  • Curry leaves - Leaves of 2 stalks, cut chiffonade-style  (optional)
  • Salt - for taste
  • Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cilantro - for garnish
For the Puffy Poori/Puri:
  • Wheat Flour - 1/2 cup
  • Kachori Mix - 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Warm water, for kneading
  • Canola oil, for deep frying
For the Potato Fry:
  • In a pan, heat oil, add the mustard and urad dhal. Once the mustard starts sputtering, add the garlic, onions and fry until the onions are browned.
  • Add the green chillies/cracked pepper and smashed potatoes.
  • Sprinkle salt and a little water. Gently stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with curry leaves and cilantro.
For the Poori(Mini):
  • Mix all the ingredients except for the oil with the warm water and make a thick dough.
  • Divide the dough into small portions, about the size of a chickpea.
  • Roll it into small circles and do not dredge it in flour(The puri will absorb more oil this way. Dip in oil and roll).
  • In a deep pan, heat the canola oil.
  • Deep fry the rolled-out dough until they puff up and slightly browned.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve with potato sides.
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