Happy new year and a wonderful 2015 to you all! In true January style I could sit here telling you about my resolutions for a healthy diet or a detox after all the holiday indulgence. But then again its winter and freezing cold outside so who really wants to be eating salad when they can opt for lightly spiced stew like aloo ki sabzi/ potato curry and fresh piping hot puris!
Of course I believe everything in moderation but to be honest for me winters are all about food that satisfies our senses and our soul. Indian spices inject the required warmth, so a simple humble Dal with rice could do it or even a slow cooked Parsi spiced lamb dish.
This Punjabi aloo ki sabzi is a stew like potato curry that is brimming with goodness of ground spices, ginger and hearty potato. You could opt for chapatti as a choice of bread for an everyday meal but deep fried puris make it so much more delicious! There are various different ways of cooking this sabzi in communities of India and our family recipe includes even fewer ingredients than this one. This has got to be my favourite one and as much as the combination of puri aloo is great for festivals and celebrations it’s also one that as Indians we devour into for breakfast (yes you heard that right). So put that salad down and give this a go. January will bring much needed comfort in a bowl of curry!
Recipe for deep fried Puris are in the bread section of the website.
In a dry frying add the cumin seeds and roast on a low flame for 2-3 minutes. The seeds will begin to change colour slightly and release their aroma. Turn the heat off and cool the cumin seeds. Now crush them to a coarse powder in a pestle and mortar or coffee grinder and set aside.
In a heavy bottom sauce pan heat the oil on a medium flame. Add the asafoetida and chilli, cooking for a couple of seconds. Now add the grated ginger and stir well making sure it doesn’t stick to the pan. Fry for 2-3 seconds and add the chopped tomatoes.
Fry the tomatoes on a medium heat for 5-6 minutes, they will start to go mushy and soften. At this stage add the tomato puree and stir well for a further minute. Turn the heat low and add the boiled cubed potatoes, stir well coating the potatoes in the tomato gravy. Add the cumin powder, coriander powder and chilli powder along with the sugar and salt. Stir well and add the water. Bring to a boil and simmer on a low heat with the lid on for 3-4 minutes stirring halfway through. Add a little more water if its too thick although your looking for a slightly thicker gravy rather than a watered down consistency.
Garnish with coriander and serve with puris or chapattis and some onion salad.