Monday, June 15, 2009

Hara Aloo

This is a curry that I first made almost 9 years ago and is a recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor. I remember my friend & me enjoying it quite a bit but unfortunately I lost the recipe and didn't make it after that. So I was thrilled to see this on Lakshmi's blog and was able to recreate it after all these years and it was really delicious. My family really liked it and I particularly relished this with curd rice - very satisfying. Hara Aloo translates to green potatoes and the coriander leaves lend such a bright, fresh burst of flavour and offers for a great varatiation to our ubiquitous potato fry. In her recipe, she's first baked them in the oven and though that's a fabulous idea, with the hot weather that prevails, I didn't want to switch on the oven, so instead tossed them on a wide pan in 2 batches.

HARA ALOO (Spiced Coriander Potatoes)


Ingredients:

Potatoes - 4 medium, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
Onion - 1/4 of a big red one, sliced thin into 1 inch pcs (optional)
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tbsp + 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Water - couple tablespoons

To Grind:
Coriander (Cilantro) leaves & stems - about a cup, washed
Green chillies - 5
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 2 small cloves

Method:

1) You could toss the potato slices in some oil (the 2 tbsp) & salt and bake them in an oven until browned or pan fry them in a wide pan as a single layer until lightly browned. Flip over and cook the other side as well. I had to do 2 batches to finish all the potatoes. Remove them and keep aside.

2) Meanwhile grind coriander leaves, green chillies, garlic & ginger to a slightly coarse paste.

3) Heat a tsp of oil in the same pan and add cumin seeds, then add the ground coriander paste and cook this for a few minutes (so the raw smell goes away). Rinse the jar of the mixie with a few tbsp of water and add this to the fried paste and a bit of salt to taste.

4) Toss in the potatoes at this juncture and stir gently (with a spatula) so they are coated with the coriander masala. Keep the flame on a medium high until all the water is absorbed, which only takes a few minutes.

5) After that, reduce the flame to medium and keep tossing the potatoes until browned and dry. Serve with rice and rasam or my favorite combination curd rice and this - bliss.

41 comments:

  1. I can believe why you were thrilled to find the recipe in another blog as the potatoes look so so delicous.

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  2. Nice and yummy..loved the round cut of potatoes..

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  3. Nice variation on the usual potato fry, Laavanya. Looks awesome! :)

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  4. Thatz a very nice recipe. looks really yummy.

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  5. Lovely potato curry Laav.MMMMM.... it's very appetizing.

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  6. Delightful! My mouth is watering already.

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  7. Manoj would just love this...looks so tempting, great flavors.

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  8. my my,.am so liking its texture..will try it for sure..:)

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  9. Looks yummy and tasty, i could have that entire plate!!

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  10. ooh, tempting aloo! looks so crunchy and yummy :)

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  11. Oh yeah, those look great! YUM!

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  12. Hara Aloo looks delicious, nice recipe yaa!

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  13. Wow...thats a different aloo curry...looks so colorful and delicious :) I must make this soon!

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  14. What a creative way to dress up potatoes. Baked or pan fried, I am sure these are just delicious!

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  15. mmm...yummy! i have seriously never heard of this recipe..but it looks fantastic..and if you say it was good...i will have to try it...

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  16. There's very little I haven't done with potatoes. This is something I've never tried. This is the second dish- the first being Vaishali's coriander adai-in as many days that I'm seeing that uses a good amount of coriander leaves. I really don't use it much except maybe in the occasional chutney. It is always used just for garnishing and my bunch of coriander always starts to rot before I get to it.
    I will have to try hara aloo. :)

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  17. Love the recipe, this will make a nice snack too with a chutney or a yogurt dipping sauce I think.

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  18. Looks like a fresh recipe due to the addition of coriander

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  19. wow what an interesting recipe ! i love potato and coriander. will try this soon.. you have a lovely space !

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  20. lovely yummy recipe... i love coriander recipes...

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  21. nice... I made paneer this way :-) http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2008/07/hara-bhara-paneer.html

    Should try with potatoes.

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  22. I have already starred and kept in my reader,sure going to try this!!

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  23. I have always made this with tomato base,with coriander sounds good and interesting.Nice recipe!

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  24. Sanjay is a perfect cook and your aloo looks amazing and love the lush color of the aloo!!!

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  25. wow nice recipe. havent even hard of this. should give a try.

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  26. woow..so very temptating!will try soon Laavanya!

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  27. I just finished making a potato curry for dinner, and I wished I had seen your recipe before that :)
    That looks so delicious.. corriander leaves for sure will add a nice kick to the dish.. bookmarking..

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  28. Yummmmm...they look wonderful and can just imagine how great they must taste !

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  29. This looks very different. The other day, I had a big bowl of wedges ready to go into the oven and there was no electricity! I left it in the fridge, didn't have the energy to pan-fry them.

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  30. well said about curd rice n potato ... unbeatable combo:)
    Bookmarking this hara aloo recipe. will try soon.

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  31. Lavanya, that is a whole unique dish and it sounds so yummy..I will sure give this a try.

    First time on your page, its very exquisite. I am tagging it right now..

    Your recipes and great..Keep us enlightened...

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  32. Delicious one! looks so tempting. I love potatoes and I am sure I will love this too.

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  33. Thats a different and delicious recipe... Yummy!

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  34. love this recipe , new for me, will give this a try for sure soon

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  35. you hara aaloo looks yummy...i make the recipe in a different way in a low fat version will post it soon....first time here n liked your blog.

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  36. I tried this recipe for the new years eve party as side dish. Turned out awesome and so yummy that my friend didnt took it out at the time of dinner. She wanted to have all of it alone. Only the ladies in the kitchen got a chance to take one piece of it... Got so many compliments fot it. Thank you so much.

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  37. Poonam so very happy to hear that you tried and loved this dish... :)Happy New Year.

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