Tea-time snack: How to make Masala Baby Potatoes

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Potatoes have to be the most loved vegetable in Indian cuisine. No chaat (snack) party is complete without a lot of potato dishes. The samosas, the kachoris, the pani puris… nothing would be the same if you remove the potato from them. So today I thought of making a snack/chaat with just potatoes. Not a stuffing, but purely as is. There’s actually very little room to go wrong with potatoes.

Wash them, cut them and toss them with spices. Yesterday when I went to my grocery shop, I saw a whole bunch of baby potatoes and that’s what inspired this dish.

Preparation time: 10 mins| Cooking time: 15 mins| Serves 2-3

300 gms baby potatoes

1 sprig of curry leaves

1 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp chaat masala

1/4 tsp red chilli powder

Juice of 1/2 lime

Salt to taste

2 tbsp Olive Oil

• Wash the potatoes and pat them dry. Do not peel the skin. Some of the skin might come off when you pat them dry.

• Cut into halves or quarters depending on the size of the potatoes.

• Heat oil in a non-stick pan.

• When the oil is hot add the cut potatoes and cook covered on low heat for about 5 minutes.

The potatoes will become slightly tender.

• Now add all the spices and the curry leaves and again cook covered for another 10 minutes.

Toss them around a couple of times in between. If you think the potatoes are sticking to the pan, you can add a little water on the lid of the pan. This would help the steam built inside the pan to condense. We don’t want a lot of water but just enough for the potatoes to become tender.

• Remove in a serving dish and drizzle lime juice and a pinch of chaat masala on top. Toss well and serve hot as a tea-time snack!

Note: While I have used baby potatoes for the dish, you can use any sized potatoes. Just cut them into bite size pieces.