Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Potato- Fox Nut Curry | आलू मखाना करी | Vegan Curry


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Hi!!
Hope all my readers are hale and hearty and enjoying the monsoon. The city I live in is still to see a proper rainfall but I’m happy as the temperature has come down a bit…I’ve learnt to thank God for small mercies!!! My eyes and sinus is improving too, thanks for enquiring about me and all the concern, I’m truly touched!!
I’m still not into elaborate cooking as heat of the burner troubles me, so I’m more into quick preparations. I’m avoiding roasting my masala for curries and missing it too, hopefully will cook and post an elaborate recipe in a few days, till then enjoy reading my quick preparations, and I also personally feel there are many more cooks and readers who indulge in quick cooking and these posts are definitely useful for them.
This curry is very simple to try, quick to make, needs few ingredients and yet there’s no compromise on taste. Many people have this false illusion that if the curry has many ingredients and exotic spices added the recipe and preparation is good, I mean with all the exotic things going into it it is bound to be good,what’s so big about it? But the trick and art is in using few ingredients and making the food tasty.
I feel like mentioning my great granny here….she had seen tough times in her life and towards the end of her life she just had enough to meet her day to day needs but she had a warm heart, which welcomed all her guests with a smile and out of the little food that she could afford and cook, she would serve them. The lentils she cooked literally had a spoon of oil with bare minimum spices but the flavor and taste was just awesome, I’ve not yet tasted a better daal than what she made.
I had asked my readers on my fan page that which recipes using potatoes they would like to read in my blog, one of the readers wanted potato-vari but vari is not easily available here but the instead of fox nut the vari can be fried and added in this preparation. One just needs to keep the spice level up when using vari.
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Preparation Time: 15mins

Cooking Time:10mins

Serves:4

Difficulty Level: Easy

Ingredients

1tbsp ginger, grated
2green chilies, sliced
1/2 cup tomato puree ( I used readymade)
5potatoes, boiled and hand crushed
1cup fox nut
1tsp mustard seeds
3 –4tbsp oil +  1tbsp oil
1/2tsp turmeric powder
1tsp red chili powder
2tbsp coriander powder
1/2tsp sugar
salt to taste
about 2-3cups water

Method

Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan and roast the fox nuts on a medium flame till crisp. Remove in a plate.
Heat the remaining oil and add the mustard and let it splutter. Add the chilies and ginger, sauté for few seconds.
Add the tomato puree and sauté till oil separates. Add the spices, salt and sugar.
Mix in the crushed potatoes and cook in the spices on high heat for 2-3mins.
Add water and bring it to a boil. Once the curry boils, tip in the fox nut. Cover with a lid and cook till the fox nuts soften and absorb the flavor, also the curry has to reduce to a semi thick consistency.
Serve hot with rice or Poori/ chapati.
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Tip:

The fox nut can be deep fried but it soaks a lot of oil and hence I avoid frying them and prefer roasting till they are crisp.
The tomatoes add sourness to the curry, to balance the sourness sugar is added.

Sending this to my event 'Only' Crazy For Potato, guest hosted at Nivedhanam.
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24 comments:

Amrita Roy said...

Easy dish..looks tasty too

Sapana Behl said...

Lovely curry and wonderful clicks...

Anonymous said...

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Veena Theagarajan said...

nice combo

Ramya Krishnamurthy said...

lovely clicks and easy to make curry

Vimitha Anand said...

Very healthy gravy

Mayuri's jikoni said...

I love fox nuts. Unfortunately we do not get them in Kenya. Can't wait to go to India to try this recipe out.

Mayuri's jikoni said...

Love makhanas but unfortunately we do not get them in Kenya. Can't wait to go to India to try out the recipe. In the meantime have shared your recipe with my daughter.

Gayathri Ramanan said...

looks so delicious..nice clicks

kitchen queen said...

delicious lip smacking curry.

Anu Shoj said...

i recently go this and was waiting to look up for a recipe...thanks for sharing...beautiful clicks ...
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Priya Anandakumar said...

lovely and delicious curry, very beautiful clicks...

Divya Shivaraman said...

Now i knew how to cook fox nut...everytime i see this in a Indian store rack...i wonder what to do...may be i can buy this now

Akila said...

Very tempting

SJs Food Court said...

Hey Pari...

I thought of using Makhana many a times, but never got any idea other than shallow-frying it with butter-herbs! Thanks for this yummy recipe... I will definitely try it out soon...

sangeetha pn said...

good one pari.. :)

Wer SAHM said...

recently i started using lotus seeds , wow it tastes grt n now i got curry to try from here.thx dear

Uma said...

Looks so delicious. Nice dish.

Priya Suresh said...

I dont mind inviting myself to ur place to enjoy this delicious and completely a new curry.

divya said...

Beautiful pictures..looks delicious...

Chitz said...

Easy & powerful dish.. Yummy with rotis :)

Rachana said...

Thats one delicious curry!

Harini M said...

Completely new one Pari and amazing clicks :)

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

Delicious curry!! love makhana dishes!!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!
Sowmya
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