Potatoes With Onions (Pyazwale Sookhe Aloo)

Course : Curry
Serves: 6
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6 medium potatoes
5 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/8 teaspoon ground asafetida -- (or) 1/8 inch lump asafetida
1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
2 1/2 teaspoons whole black mustard seeds
1 medium dried red peppers -- ( to 3)
1 medium onion -- coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon garam masala
2 tablespoons lemon juice

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

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