Potatoes Cooked with Garlic and Sesame Seeds

Course : Vegetables
Serves: 4
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2 pounds medium-sized boiling potatoes
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
3 cloves garlic -- peeled and slivered
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/8 teaspoon ground asafetida -- ground
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper -- optional

Preparation / Directions:

Peel the potatoes and cut into fingers ("French fries"), 1/3- to 1/2-inch thick. Put fingers into a bowl of cold water for half an hour or more. Drain and wipe dry. Heat the oil in an 8- to 9-inch skillet [or wok] over a medium flame. When it is hot, put in the potatoes and cook them, turning once or twice, for 8 to 10 minutes. The potatoes should be partially cooked and not browned. Remove potatoes with a slotted spoon to a plate and set aside. Put the sesame seeds into the same skillet. Stir once. Now add the slivers of garlic, continuing to stir and fry over a medium flame. When the garlic begins to turn brown [the browning happens quickly], put in the turmeric and asafetida. Stir once. Now quickly add the half-cooked potatoes, salt, and cayenne. Stir again. Cover. Turn heat to low and cook gently until potatoes are done. Stir frequently.

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