Ingredients 4- Yukon Gold Potatoes, medium sized 2 tbsps- Poppy seeds 2 tsps Masala Powder For theMasala Powder 3 cloves half inch scrap of Indian Cinnamon,
3 small green cardamoms
1 tsp roasted and powdered corainder seeds 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds, 1/4 tsp Shahjeera or Black Cumin seeds 1 tsp or more [according to taste] of black peppercorns, roasted and powdered.
Method: roast each spice separately and grind to a powder. It will be about 2 tbsps or more. Use only 2 tsps of the powder.
1 Cup of finely chopped onions 1 tbsp garlic paste 1 tbsp ginger paste 3/4 tsp turmeric powder 1/4 Cup thick Coconut Milk [optional] 1/2 tsp paprika powder for color [optional] 1 tbsp thick coconut milk for garnish Oil/ Ghee
Potatoes: Boil the Potatoes with salt Drain and slice the potatoes in half, Scoop out small balls from the halves with a melon scoop or round-cup steel spoon! Keep aside.
Poppy Seeds: Bring about 4 tbsps of water to a boil, take off the heat and soak the poppy seeds in it and keep aside for 15-20 minutes, then grind to a smooth paste.
Heat oil or ghee/clarified butter and saute the onions until soft, add ginger and garlic paste and saute until the water/moisture evaporates. Allow to cool and grind to a smooth paste. Pan fry the potatoes in a little oil or ghee. When they start browning a little, add the roasted spices and turmeric powder and then the onion paste, Allow it to coat the potato balls well. Increase the heat, [ if you want a darker colour for the curry, add paprika powder and brown the gravy, making sure that the potatoes don't get mashed up in the process!] Add the poppy seeds paste and let it come up to a boil.
Cook for a couple of minutes, At this stage add 1/4 cup hot water. turn heat to low, Cover with foil and seal well. Cook for 20- 30 minutes. [If you want to add coconut milk, take off the heat, add the 1/4 cup and stir well.]
Serve with a drizzle of coconut milk and a garnish of finely chopped coriander.
This imparts a milder flavour than the traditional South Indian Kurma, made with mixed vegetables, coconut and poppy seeds!