The famous British Author, AA Milne once said – “What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.”
The ever so humble and versatile ingredient, potatoes are widely used in numerous Indian cuisines. Only a few know that the world’s most desired root vegetable was brought to India by the Portuguese. Boiled, baked or fried, potatoes invariably constitute a favorite comfort food in India. A rich source of carbohydrate, potatoes are generally shunned by dieters. But if you are India, you’ll certainly have your share of potato in one form or the other.
Don’t believe me, here’s a list of 8 insanely popular potato dishes Indians just can’t live without!
A famous Punjabi cuisine, Aaloo Methi is a delectable combo of aaloo, fresh methi (fenugreek) leaves plus a whole lot of typical Indian spices. Known for its unique taste packed with nutrients, methi also offers several health benefits. That makes this dish, tasty as well as healthy!
One of the most coveted potato recipes of Indian cooking, Dum Aaloo adorns a royal, festive feeling in its very texture and flavor. The dish is prepared by simmering baby potatoes in yogurt base gravy with added spices. Subtly rich in flavor Dum Aaloo are least bit heavy and make up a perfect lip-smacking dish served with flavored rice or rotis.
Crispy, salty and crunchy, Potato Chips are one of the most popular snack all over the world. Though method for preparing chips has been the same globally, but tweaking the ingredients a bit, all with the Indian spices is when you’ll actually get Aaloo Chips. Homemade chips are far tastier and healthier than what we generally get on retail outlets. With salt according to taste, less oil and crispier than anywhere else, Aaloo Chips certainly make our favorite tea time and pastime snack.
It’s a sheer pleasure to watch simple potatoes being turned into something so amazing. When potatoes, marinated in all Indian spices and sautéed in oil, are served your way, you can be sure that your taste buds are in for a treat. Topped with delicious chaat toppings including sev and moong, people can be seen munching on chatpata aaloo chat in various Indian streets irrespective of any season.
Batata bhajii or Aaloo Pakora is another one of the most famous Indian street snack. The golden and crisp aaloo pakoras are cooked soft which instantly melt in mouth. To further add to its taste, the pakoras are generally served with imli ki chutney or pudine ki chutney. An amazing snack to munch on, especially in monsoons and winters, and are perfect to warm up your tea with family and friends.
These fried, triangular turnovers are one favorite Indian snack that finds its place in nearly all chaat and bakery menus. Savory comfort food at its best, samosas are offered with crisp outer covering with soft potato stuffing inside. The popular Indian snack goes extremely well with a hot cup of cutting chai – especially on a rainy day and is typically served with sweet and sour chili sauce.
Crisp outside and butter soft inside, spicy aaloo tikki is an extravagant treat to the taste buds. Delicious as it is, the name of the dish itself is sufficient to have your digestive juices flowing in your mouth. And once you taste it, there’s just no looking back! Prepared by using a shallow fry technique, aaloo tikki has a crisp outer covering with soft and spicy inner crust comprising of potatoes, spices and green peas.
The best way to start your day is with a plate of freshly served Aaloo Parantha. Wheat flour dough stuffed and rolled with potatoes makes up a substantial breakfast. You can either gorge it down with a spicy aam ka achar or pudine ki chutney, a large dollop of homemade butter, tomato dip or plain curd. Whatever be your choice, you’re simply going to love it!