Aloo Simla Murch

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Aloo Simla Mirch - curried potatoes with red bell pepper
  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 t mustard seeds
  • 1/2 t cumin seeds
  • 2-6 fresh green chilies
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1-2 T oil or ghee
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 t coriander powder
  • 1/2 t turmeric
  • pinch of hing [asafoetida]
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro or parsley

    1. Boil or microwave the potatoes, leaving them slightly underdone. Cut into 1" cubes
    2. Chop onion and garlic very fine, a food processor works well for this
    3. Select 2-6 green chilies, for example, Serrano, jalapeno or cayenne to taste. Remove seeds & vein and chop coarsely. Can substitute canned green chilies, but may have to add red pepper flakes for heat. Cut thee red pepper into 1/2" strips
    4. Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet [or equivalent]. add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds stir fry for a few seconds releasing the flavors. Then add onions, green chilies and garlic and sauté on medium heat until the onions turn light brown ( 10-15' )
    5. Add the chopped tomatoes, turmeric, hing and coriander powder and salt to taste. Continue to cook for 5'
    6. Add the potatoes, mix, then simmer with cover on for 4-5'
    7. Garnish with parsley or cilantro

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