How to make South Indian style spicy shallow fried Potato roast
Recipe #25 OPOS Cookbook Project: South Indian Curries
There is absolutely no denying the magic of this dish ! Every south indian worth his/her salt, loves and relishes this potato roast very much. My mom makes absolutely lip smacking potato roast and is a Sunday regular at my place. So without much delay, let’s get to making this recipe the OPOS cookbook way,
Next step would be to add the south indian spices. Here is the mix I use – for 400 grams cubed potatoes, I used 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp sambar powder, 1 tsp red chili powder, 1/4 tsp hing and 1 tsp salt. This is my choice of spice mix. Feel free to use what you and your family likes. Optionally, use black pepper to instead of red chili powder to make it a nice pepper fry. You can add a teaspoon of besan or gram flour as well.
Mix the spices into the cubed potatoes to coat them well.
Next, we will cook the potatoes in a pressure cooker. In a 2 liter pressure cooker, add 5 teaspoons of water. The water layer will help in creating the necessary steam to cook the potatoes to perfection. I avoid adding oil at this step, to rule out burning. Oil with dry spices is a sure shot formula for cooker bottom to char. Now, close the lid, fix the cooker whistle and cook at med-high heat or 900w in an induction stove for 3 whistles. This takes about 4-5 minutes. After 3 whistles, switch off flame and release the pressure manually.
Once you open the PC, you will see that the potatoes are cooked perfectly and there is no raw smell to the spices. For those who don’t care much about roasting the potatoes, or are conscious about oil usage, can chose to consume the potatoes after this step. Yes, yummy spiced up potato curry with zero oil !
For a nice golden pan roasted version – heat 3-5 teaspoons of oil in a non-stick pan or wok. Add the cooker potatoes and then roast them at low-med heat for 5 minutes. Don’t toss them around too much.
I usually just put the potatoes in the pan and let it cook for 5 minutes without disturbing them. This is more than enough to get a nice golden crust on top.