I was not too successful at it... Just added everything I could think of... then did some damage control...and voila... my recipe was born!!!!!
I started off, wanting to make a potato fry recipe that I read in one of the food blogs that I follow. It was fairly simple and I thought it would be an ideal accompaniment to go along with this afternoon's lunch. Then one brainwave hit another till a huge Tsunami of ideas struck. And thus the recipe was born.
- Potatoes - 3
- Peas - 2 cups
- Shallots - 10-15
- Green Chilly - 2-3
- Garlic - 5-6 cloves
- Ginger - 1 inch piece
- Cashew - 3 tblsp
- Tomato puree - 5 tblsp
- Hung Curd - 1/2 cup
- Cream - 3-4 tblsp
- Kasuri Methi - 2 tblsp
- Amchur Powder - 1 tsp
- Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
- Salt to taste
- Oil - 2 tblsp
- Jeera - 1 tsp
- Bay Leaf
- Cloves - 3-4
- Green Cardamom - 2-3
- Black Cardamom - 2
- Star Anise - 1
- Nutmeg - 1/4
- Nutmace - 1
- Khus Khus - 1-2 tsp
- Saunf - 1 tsp
- Boil potatoes and peel. Cube them and set aside
- Thaw peas if frozen. Else boil them with potatoes.
- Grind the sallots, chillies, ginger and garlic to a fine paste.
- Roast items 17-25 on an iron skillet and dry grind them
- Soak cashews in warm water and make cashew paste.
- Beat the curd well, mix the dry garam masala in the curd and set aside.
- Mix cashew paste to this mixture.
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Splutter jeera and add the bay leaf.
- Add the onion paste and fry till raw smell disappears.
- Add tomato puree and fry well.
- Add the curd/cashew/garam masala mixture and cook till it becomes thick and dry.
- Add turmeric, salt and amchur powder.
- Add kasuri methi and mix well.
- Add water and let it boil.
- Add the potatoes and peas and cover with a lid.
- Allow to cook for 5-10 mins.
- Add cream and remove from fire.
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This can be had with roti's or mixed with rice. You could alter the taste by adding tamaring/more tomato puree or reducing the quantity of garam masala. Since this dish is laden with garam masala, if you mix it with rice, it tastes like pulao/biryani.