Baby Potatoes in Yogurt Sauce

1 Oct

Baby potatoes look so adorable they make me want to pop them into my mouth whole. When I can resist that urge, this is one way I like to cook them.

You Need:

  • Baby potatoes – 300 grams
  • Yogurt – 2 cups
  • Turmeric powder  – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Roasted cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Red chili powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt – to taste
  • Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated
  • Garlic – 3 cloves, crushed
  • Nigella seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard oil – 2 teaspoons

How To:

Wash the baby potatoes well. Boil them unpeeled for 10 minutes. Keep aside to cool to room temperature.

If you wish to peel the skin off, go ahead but when the peel is thin and smooth, I like to cook them with the peel on.

Using the prongs of a fork, prick several holes through each baby potato. This is to allow the sauce to seep in.

Whisk the yogurt well with a pinch of salt, roasted cumin powder and a pinch of red chili powder.

Heat two teaspoons of mustard oil in a pan. Splutter the nigella seeds, then add grated ginger and crushed garlic. When garlic begins to turn colour, slide in baby potatoes.

Cover and cook, turning occasionally, till the skin on different sides of the potatoes starts to look and crisp and brown. After 10 minutes, the potatoes will be nearly done. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, salt to taste and a pinch of red chili powder. Mix well and cook till the potatoes are well-coated with the spices.

Turn the flame to low and gently fold in the yogurt mixture with the baby potatoes. Cook on low flame for another 5 minutes, by when the yogurt will mix well with the masalas and the sauce will come to a homogenous color.

Serve with rice, salad and a dry vegetable accompaniment such as masadelar bhindi strips.

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Notes:

  • You could stir in a pinch of garam masala just before taking baby potatoes in yogurt sauce off the fire. Personally I prefer this without garam masala.

    Coming to think of it, I prefer many a dish without garam masala even when the traditional recipe demands it. The flavor is too overpowering, don’t you think? Before garam masala lovers charge at me with sticks and swords, here are recipes in which I happily use the spice: recipes with garam masala :)

  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves or dry kasoori methi.

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10 Responses to “Baby Potatoes in Yogurt Sauce”

  1. preetam October 3, 2011 at 7:03 PM #

    great recipe. my family loved it. even my 3 year old enjoyed it.

    • S October 3, 2011 at 9:01 PM #

      Lovely to hear that preetam.

  2. Juan Carlos October 13, 2011 at 1:00 AM #

    Looks delicious … now if I could only figure out where to find Nigella seeds. Love learning new ingredients but it will be challenging to find them in Paris!

    • S October 13, 2011 at 9:58 PM #

      Hi Juan, Is there any Indian grocery store nearby? You should find nigella seeds there. Are cumin seeds available? You could use that instead – it changes the flavor slightly but tastes great anyway.

  3. Jim October 28, 2011 at 8:00 PM #

    Your recipes look really good! My wife and I are definitely going to try them. They are healthy recipes and we are into healthy choices. Thanks for a great blog!

    • S October 31, 2011 at 12:13 AM #

      Thank you Jim. Cheers to healthy eating!

  4. Prerna February 14, 2012 at 10:13 PM #

    I read this while in office, and I was drooling (in my head of course!)! Will be trying this one very very soon! thanks for sharing and by the way a brilliant site- the recipes, look, content- it all comes together beautifully.

    • S February 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM #

      Hey Prerna, Thank you for your generous words :)

  5. Gerlinde in Dallas September 28, 2012 at 11:57 PM #

    Your potato dish looks really delicious. I’m hoping it won’t be too difficult to find Nigella seeds.; I’m especially curious about them.

    • S September 29, 2012 at 12:05 AM #

      Hi Gerlinde, I hope you can find them. If nowhere else you’ll surely get them in an Indian grocery store.

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