Preparation / Directions:
Boil potatoes in their jackets. Peel them and mash coarsely with a fork or hand masher. Heat the oil in a 10-12 inch skillet over medium heat. When hot, first put in it the asafetida; after it has sizzled for a few seconds, add the cumin and mustard seeds; then in 10 seconds or so, the red pepper(s). Use 1 for mildly hot, 3 for very hot.
When pepper changes color (1 to 5 seconds), put in the chopped onions and turmeric. After the onions have cooked 3 to 5 minutes and turned brown at the edges, put in the mashed potatoes, salt, garam masala and lemon juice. Fry, stirring and mixing, for 5 to 7 minutes.
To serve: Place in a warm dish and serve with Indian bread or remove whole red pepper and serve as an appetizer on top of Melba rounds. The