Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Potato Podimaas (aka Potato Crumble)

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.


dharmabum said...

the raw banana version tastes even better, imho.

and if you wil come home someday, sunday preferably, u might further reconsider your notions about the genre :)

RS said...

Hey Dharma, thanks for checking on this blog so often. Which area are you in/around? No, I won't barge in, but people always get curious when an invitation is thrown at them :-)

dharmabum said...

:) anna nagar. and yes, u may barge in, at the risk of finding me terribly inebriated. with sufficient warning though, i tend to behave :)