Sunday, December 25, 2011

Potatoes in yogurt gravy

It is unusual to have temperatures in the mid 40 to 50s this time of the year. Two years back I was shoveling 10 inches of snow from our drive way. And although I  do like snow and the idea of white Christmas  it is  nice to have  days like this in December. But it is still very cold outside and a good excuse to cook fried food, like poori and sabzi. I made this potato vegetable that my nani (grandmother) used to make on special occasions. To go along with it she always made dal poori which was delicious. I truly enjoyed eating poori and sabzi after a very long time!
Here is the recipe

2 large potatoes boiled and cubed
1 ½ cup yogurt
1 tbsp. chickpea flour (besan)
1tsp mustard seeds
1tsp cumin seeds
2-3 black cardamom
2-3 cloves
1tsp fennel seeds
2 green slit green chilies
2-3 whole red chilies
1 tsp. turmeric
½ tsp. asafoetida
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tbsp. kasoori methi
1/4 cup chopped sweet peppers or bell pepper
Salt to taste
1 tbsp. oil


Heat some oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin, fennel, cardamom, cloves, green and red chilies and asafoetida. Once the seeds splutter, add turmeric and potatoes. Stir for 2-3 minutes until potatoes are well coated with the spices. Add a cup of water and cook for another 3-44 minutes then whisk the yogurt very well with the chickpea flour and gradually add it to the potatoes. Stir continuously for 2-3 minutes until it comes to a boil.. Add salt, kasoori methi, sweet peppers and curry leaves. Cook for another 5-10 minutes. Garnish with cilantro. I like to add a final tempering of ghee cumin seeds, asafoetida and red chilli powder, just before serving.


  1. Mmmmmm....absolutely love anything which involved yoghurt and gram flour! And this is really up there in my list of comfort foods that are easy to make too!

  2. The colours look gorgeous and I loved this recipe; have never made potatoes in a buttermilk/yogurt gravy. Bookmarked. Wish you a wonderful year ahead!

  3. Mouth-watering dish-puri fooli nahi sama rahi hai-ye khana khakar Americans will live long without any problem-Hum aspatali khana kha rahe hai-joke.

  4. This looks absolutely mouthwatering dear!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  6. Wow! That was the first word out of my mouth when I saw the title and picture. This is an amazing dish and I bet the flavors were incredible!

  7. This looks YUUUUUUUUUM. I havent tried potatoes in yogurt and ur platter is tempting me to give a hand on this Bookmarked!!. Wishing u and ur fly a prosperous and wonderful new year. BTW amazing clicks and hope the fruit cake will turn out perfect.

  8. A really unique yogurt recipe. Must try. Happy New Year to you and r family.

  9. Gorgeous!!!! Aaah the yogurt gravy looks soo much soothing on this rainy day today...

    A very Happy New Year !!

  10. That looks so mouthwatering -- i want some :)

    Happy New Year to you and the family :)

  11. Another delicious dish. I make yoghurt curry frequently (I love yoghurt) and the idea of adding potatoes is wonderful.