MASALA SMASHED POTATOES
1/2 cup white onion, finely chopped |||| 1/2 cup green pepper, finely chopped |||| 1 can diced tomatoes |||| 2 tablespoons Shahi Paneer Masala spice mix |||| 4 red potatoes
1. Saute onion and green pepper until tender. Then add the tomatoes and spice mix to the skillet. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the mixture thickens.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes, diced into large chunks with skins still on. Boil the potatoes until they are soft and tender.
3. Combine the curry mixture into the potatoes and smash them together. Add a little bit of milk or chicken broth to make the potatoes more creamy.
Standin around in my kitchen, making expletives out of the letters on the fridge, everyone ate the paneer chunks out of my leftover curry. (Paneer is cheese cubes that function like tofu in many Indian dishes.) This was Indian cuisine at its finest – cold leftovers eaten straight out of the pan with Tostitos chips. I’ll call it college Indian.
Any how, now I have just the leftover tomato/onion/green pep mix. Oh, and this curry was super spicy because I had a ditsy moment and added waaaay too much of the spice mix. In order to dull the intense spiciness I was planning on adding roasted potatoes to the leftovers, but the smashed potatoes ended up being a great last minute call. The recipe posted here is sort of a guess at how to make these mashed potatoes when they aren’t leftovers.
But that’s the thing about Indian, once you get familiar with the spices, its so easy to make. And I think its kind of healthy. Although a lot of dishes contain butter or cream, most are packed with veggies. This recipe is just too easy and delicious to pass up. If you can’t make it out to the Indian store for the masala mix, just substitute with curry powder from the grocery store.
ROASTED GARLIC and BACON SMASHED POTATOES
1/2 head of roasted garlic |||| 4 slices of bacon, chopped |||| 5 red potatoes |||| 1/4 cup sour cream |||| 1/4 cup milk |||| 2 tablespoons butter |||| salt and pepper to taste
1. Directions for roasted garlic here.
2. Boil potatoes.
3. Fry bacon.
4. Smash everything together.
Okay, so this isn’t the most creative recipe ever. But damn, these potatoes are fine.