Day before yesterday, I had my first taste of Potato Podimaas. I'm not a huge fan of Tamil food usually, in fact I think it's a little monotonous, the daily fare of sambhar and rasam and curd, but once in a while, something like this comes along and makes me reconsider my opinion on the whole genre, so to speak.
Now, to get on with the story. I had spent the entire day in a shopping mall with my friend's mother (less a friend's mother and more a friend, really) we had eaten lunch outside, and had gone back to their home. She had managed to skip cooking lunch but had a very hungry husband and son waiting at home for some home-cooked dinner. She was tired after the whole day, and decided to make some tomato rasam and potato podimaas for dinner.
I ate the podimaas and loved it so much that I borrowed the recipe and made it last night at home. This is the ideal bachelor cooking, and I am told it can be made with raw banana as well... or really, any vegetable that can be mashed well after boiling. Cheers!
3 medium sized potatoes (boiled & mashed)
4-5 green chillies
1/2 inch ginger cut into very fine pieces
2-3 tsp lime juice
A pinch of turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1tbsp of cooking oil
For the seasoning:1/2 tsp each of mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal.
1 sprig curry leaves
Heat the oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds first & when it begins to splutter add the rest of the seasoning. Now add the cut green chillies and ginger, fry for a minute & then add the mashed potatoes & salt. Mix everything well, cover it & let it cook for five min. Remove from heat and add lime juice.
Your scrambled potatoes are ready.