Who would not like potatoes??? Potato is one vegetable that people of all ages like. And, almost all the time, any dish with potatoes tastes good and also comes out well the very first time it is made. During my childhood days, our family used to go to Rukku Maami's (my Maami's name is Rukmani) place for lunch parties and the highlight of the lunch would be her potato fry with onions. I just love it. Even when my Mom tries to make it my Maami's way, we used to feel that it doesn't taste as good ;-).
Ingredients (about 3 servings):
Potatoes - 3 to 4 medium sized ones
Onion - 1 medium sized or 1/2 big one thinly sliced
Green chillies - 2 slit
Curry leaves - a few
Cooking oil - 2 table spoons
Coconut oil - 1.5 teaspoons
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Urad dhal - 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon (vary this to suit your taste)
Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste
1. Boil, peel and cut potatoes into small cubes and set aside.
2. In a pan, heat some cooking coil, add mustard seeds and wait for them to splutter. After the mustard seeds splutter, add urad dhal, green chillies, curry leaves and asafoetida and fry until the urad dhal turns light golden brown in color.
3. To step 2, add the onions and fry until they turn light golden brown in color. To the fried onions, add some red chilli powder and salt and fry for 2 more minutes.
4. Add the boiled potato cubes to the onions and shallow fry the mixture from step 3 on medium heat. This takes about 5 - 10 minutes.
5. Just about 30 seconds before turning off the stove, add the coconut oil and mix everything well. Coconut oil gives it all the flavor and it is my Maami's potato only then.
I personally feel that potato fry of any kind goes very well with any rice variety and also roti variety. It is one universal dish that can pair up with anything ;-).