Sesame potato vegetable (Aaloo Til ki sabzi )

This simple potato recipe is quick and easy to cook. Since childhood potatoes have always been my favourite yam, but with carbs threatening an overdose, I may have reduced the number of dishes I cook with potatoes but it still remains my favourite plant. Ok, raise your hand if you don’t like potatoes… everyone loves potatoes! I have cooked various potato dishes from simple chips, wedges and mash to potato fritters, hasselback potatoes and everything in between. Be it the aaloo parathas, pancakes, salads or vegetables, I love to cook them all.

We generally cook dry potatoes with regular spices or sometimes in gravy but never with sesame, this was the first time I experimented potato with sesame(Til) and it was delicious… and disappeared soon!

Sesame can trigger allergic reactions to some people so be sure of it, if you have not used sesame before. We have generally seen a lot of dry sesame seeds sprinkled on buns and burgers or sesame paste used in the middle eastern cuisines as Tahini, but combing sesame with the Indian Aaloo ki Sabzi has given it a real interesting flavour. You can serve this dish with crispy lachcha parathas, A layered and flaky Indian flatbread which is pan fried in some ghee.

SESAME POTATO VEGETABLE

Prep time: 15 min | Cooking time: 15 min | Serves: 4

  • 5-6 medium size potatoes, boiled, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp dry white sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp amchoor powder (dry mango powder)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3-4 green chillies cut vertically /slit into half
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh coriander leaves, for garnish
  • salt & red chillies to taste
  1. Boil 5-6 medium sized potatoes and remove skin on cooling. Make sure the potatoes are adequately cooked  to enable you to cut them into 1 inch pieces.
  2. Heat oil in the fry pan over medium flame, add sesame seeds and saute for a minute, add cumin seeds and green chillies and fry for a few seconds.
  3. Add cubed potatoes in the fry pan and stir-fry for a few minutes till all the sesame seeds are mixed well with the potatoes.
  4. Add in amchoor powder, garam masala and salt and mix well.
  5. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

 

TIP

When you buy sesame seeds, they are usually raw. Since they have a high oil content they can become sour, so store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Toasted sesame seeds are delicious: I heat a small amount in a skillet in medium heat and stir them occasionally. They are ready when they start popping.

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