Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Weekend Herb Blogging with The Humble Tiffinbox Lunch: Adraki Aloo Tamatar

Adraki Aloo Tamatar/ Gingery Potatoes  and Tomatoes

Cut Salad: Crisp Turnips, Radish, Onions, Carrots, Green Chilli Pepper, Lemon

This lunch menu of  light rotis/chappathis with a Adraki Aloo-tamatar/Gingery potato and tomato curry  and a simple 'cut salad'  of winter vegetables would be 'at least made once' for many of us. Of North Indian provenance...this can be re-invented in endless ways, all of of them delicious. 

It lends itself to your whim on the go with the basic staples in your pantry: potatoes and tomato. It sounds simple and an any 'whichever way' kind of dish but when it comes together balancing the tart sauce with the hearty potatoes, the heaviness cut by the flavour of ginger, it is a perfect accompaniment to the humble, light phulka/ roti or the fried puris/pooris. You can avoid one spice or the other,  but cummin and ginger are the essential ones.
1 medium large red-skinned potato, cut into chunks = 1 1/4 cups
2 roma tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp of grated ginger
1/2 tsp of cummin seeds
1/4 tsp aniseed
1/4 tsp Shahjeera or black cummin
2-3 dried red chillies
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Pinch of asafoetida powder

Cut the potatoes into chunks
Heat 2 tbsps of vegetable oil
Temper the cummin, aniseed and shahjeera
Add the broken red chilli pieces
Immediately add the potato chunks
Sprinkle turmeric powder and toss well to coat
Add a little water and cook until the potatoes are almost done
Add chopped tomatoes and water if needed
Add grated ginger
cook for another 8 minutes or until it has a saucy consistency
Garnish with chopped coriander.
This recipe goes to the Weekend Herb Blogging # 311, started by Kalyn's Kitchen and continued by Haalo,   hosted  this week by Brii.


  1. beautiful pictures...I am amazed that the three utensils in the carrier stand at such an angle just allowing a peek at what is inside:)

  2. Amazing recipe.... Looks yum..Gr8

  3. Super delicious side dish,can have it with anything..

  4. Delicious and flavorful potatoes..drool worthy

  5. Cumin and ginger, would never ovoid these
    beauties :) This is just lovely and I can see how beautifully it all comes together!

  6. Wow.. Amazing and delicious curry...

  7. Hi Shri,A Versatile Blogger Award is waiting in my space.Please Come and collect it.

  8. Really humble and yum recipe tiffin box....

  9. great pics! i would love to try this recipe... what is asafoetida powder?

  10. Thankyou! Ela will send you the information.

  11. Love the pictures of this post. It is making me hungry. Potatoes chapatis and a salad is such a satisfying meal!

  12. Such a yum tiffin box Shri..if I were to take this to my office I will eagerly wait for the lunch time. Beautiful, crisp pictures..especially the 3rd one.


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