Sunday, June 9, 2013

Aloo Puri - Punjabi Style...

I have been literally in "sabbatical" from blogging for almost a year now. Am simply overwhelmed with so many things and though I still cook almost everyday, I just find blogging a big task and keep pushing it away.

Keep telling myself I should start before I can see cobwebs on my blog and here I am today - hoping to post it before the end of the day.

Its the usual Ladies and Children monthly birthday party - and this month I am suppose to make a side dish that goes well with Puri - Aloo Puri or some called it as Puri Bhaji.

I wanted to make something different with it and look around and found this http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/aloo-poori-punjabi-aloo-poori/#comment-85081  Thanks Dassana for sharing  a wonderful recipe.

What made me to try this recipe is the only use of ajwain and nothing else..Ajwain is something I have only used when making muruku to give the aroma.  I also know every indian household use to have a bottle of omathani - ajwain water for digestion and stomach discomfort.

Believe me frying the ajwain in the hot oil ( I had mine mixed with ghee and oil) just was so brilliant. The whole house was filled up with this nice aroma.

Ajwain = ஓமம் (omam) in tamil
 
Lets look into the recipe. I actually used a kilo of potatoes for this party.

Aloo Sabzi
 
  • 4-5 medium size aloos (potatoes), peeled and diced
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 garlic, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 or 2 green chili, chopped or sliced (optional)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp ajwain/carom seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder/amchur
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 to 3 cups water
  • a few coriander leaves for garnishing

  •  
    Method
     
    1. Heat oil.
    2. Add ajwain and fry them
    3. Add onions and fry till it is soft.
    4. Add ginger, garlic and chilli till the rawness smell of the ginger/garlic disappear.
    5. Add tomato and stir till the tomatoes are soft and mushy.
    6. Add the turmeric, red chilli powder and asafoetida, mix well
    7. Add potato, mix well
    8. Add salt to taste and mix well.
    9. Add water to the potato and pressure cook it for about 3-4 whistles till the potatoes are cooked and soft.
    10. Remove lid and let it simmer for a few more minutes at the same time with the back of a spoon press a few of the potatoes sort of  to mash it.
    11. Once you get the right thickness according to your preference, sprinkle some amchur and garam masala
    12. Mix well and garnish with coriander leaves
    13. Serve with hot puris

    2 comments:

    mamasita said...

    Hello Sathia..you are so rajin..who knows one day you'll have a small TV cook show..:)
    Welcome back to the blog world..no cobwebs just that sweet cooking aroma..^_^

    sathiarani said...

    thanks Mama for your wishes... just hoping to continue to cook and pen them down...hope all is well at your end..

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