Friday, August 31, 2012

Potato masala - pressure cooker recipe

This is a one pot recipe to make potato masala for dosa and poori. I got this recipe from my mom during one of our conversations about food. I would always follow the elaborate method of boiling the potatoes, peeling them and mashing them for the masala. This recipe is a shortcut and you can make it just before your guests arrive. 
Yields the same quantity you see in the picture

Potato masala - pressure cooker recipe

Potatoes - 2 medium sized
Onion - 1 medium
Tomato - 1 medium
Green chillies - 2 or 3 (adjust according to taste)
Mustard, jeera, urad dal and curry leaves for seasoning
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Oil - 1 -2 tbsp
Lime juice - 2 tbsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Fresh cilantro for garnish

1. Peel the potatoes and cut into cubes.
2. Chop the onion and green chillies.
3. Chop the tomatoes finely.
4. Pour oil in the pressure cooker and season with mustard, jeera, urad dal and curry leaves.
5. Add the onion and green chillies and saute until soft and add the asafoetida.
6. Next add the tomatoes and saute for 1-2 minutes.
7. Add the cubed potatoes, turmeric powder and salt.
8. Add about 1/2 cup of water and give it a good stir.
9. Close the pressure cooker and switch off after 3 whistles.
10. Wait a while and open the cooker and stir. Check for salt. 
11. Add the lime juice and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Serve with masala dosa or poori. I served the potato masala on the side with dosa and chutney.

1. If using for dosa add less water. 
2. Use a potato masher if required. I just use the back of the spoon to mash and stir the masala.
3. After opening the cooker if the masala is a bit watery, just let it boil for some time. Do not use the lid when boiling. This helps evaporate some of the liquid.

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