These spicy potatoes are best enjoyed with hot fulkas and made in microwave so effortlessly that you will fall in love with it instantly! Have fun with microwave cooking!
It’s high time to start a new section here at Flavor Quotient! Trust me I was planning for something new at Flavor Quotient for quite some time now and finally zeroed in the section to start with. This is very first recipe of the new section – Microwave cooking! Excited? You bet I am! Microwave cooking is much underplayed at least in India which is really unfair!
Even I neglected microwave cooking for a while, but when I finally started cooking in a microwave, I fell in love with it. It is fast and fuss free and perfectly suitable for today’s busy and speedy life where we need to complete multiple tasks within too short time. This new found love materialized with my recent purchase of the new microwave oven as my 10-year old solo oven was to be retired. With the new smart oven I am totally knocked out! (But of course my first will still be my conventional oven, always!)
I will start this new section with basic and simple recipes to be cooked in microwave. The very first recipe in this section is spicy potatoes! Potato is a quintessential vegetable in Indian cuisine and it is very well loved in west as well. Hence this topped the list while I was charting down the recipes. This spicy potato is a very simple recipe fully loaded with incredible taste and came out perfect in the microwave. If you are not well versed with microwave cooking, then I earnestly urge you to start with this power-packed recipe; you will fall in love in no time.
We are so excited for this new section of ours that we even created the video for the recipe to be of maximum help. You will see how easy this recipe is and I bet you will thank me for making your weeknight meals incredibly amazing both in terms of taste as well as ease!
Few things to highlight about microwave cooking. You will need few essential equipment to successfully churn out a microwave recipe – a medium/large size microwavable bowl/dish and hand gloves or mittens. I would suggest you to keep one bowl for curries and one shallow dish for stir-fry items as you will see in my video. Also glass/borosilicate bowls/dishes are preferable over the plastic ones for micro cooking. Plastic bowls are ideal only to reheat food for shorter time.
Just in case you still do not want to cook in microwave, you can make the same recipe in the conventional method. This spicy potato is a great side with hot fulkas (Indian flat bread). You can also roll up your fulkas with these spicy potato as a stuffing and drizzle some tomato ketchup on top; it will make a great lunch on the go!
- Potato – 4, large
- Onion – 2, chopped
- Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
- Asafetida (Hing) – ½ tsp
- Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
- Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
- Dry red chillies – 2, broken
- Curry leaves – 10 to 15
- Green chilli – 2, broken
- Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
- Freshly chopped coriander leaves to garnish
- Salt to taste
- Wash and pat dry the potatoes, no need to peel them yet. Using a fork, pierce the potatoes in multiple places. Place the potatoes in a microwave safe bowl half filled with water. Cook the potatoes in microwave on high for 15 minutes. Please note that smaller potatoes will take lesser time to cook, so do check them halfway between the cooking time.
- Once cooked, let the potatoes cool down for 10 minutes. Then peel and cut them into small cubes. Set aside.
- In a microwave safe dish, add the vegetable oil. Microwave it on high for 2 minutes.
- Next add asafetida, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chillies, curry leaves, green chillies, chopped onion and turmeric powder. Mix everything well. Microwave on high for 2 minutes first, take it out and stir well. Again microwave on high for 3 more minutes. Onions should be soft and translucent by end of this step. If your microwave is of lesser power, cook it for a minute more.
- Add boiled potato cubes to the dish and season with salt to taste. Mix well. Microwave on high for 8 to 10 minutes. Give a final mix and the spicy potato is ready.
- Sprinkle freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with fulkas or rice.