Tamarind Potatoes with Spices (Imli Aloo)

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Sweet tamarind, spices and potatoes make for a perfect dinner accompaniment. Where is spring? At least the trees are budding and London has been getting a wee bit of sunshine, though it is mostly just raining tears. Cool temperatures call for comfort food. Homemade spice mixtures really add to this dish. I will also note that if you suffer from insomnia as I do that this is a wonderful late night snack.

Tamarind Potatoes with Spices (Imli Aloo)

I served this with some spicy black-eyed peas. Sour cream or yogurt helps to cut down the heat if desired.

Tamarind Potatoes with Spices (Imli Aloo)

Tamarind Potatoes with Spices (Imli Aloo)Tamarind Potatoes with Spices (Imli Aloo)
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Cuisine: Indian
Published on May 6, 2011

Tangy and spicy potatoes cooked with tamarind and Indian seasonings

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  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp or paste
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, butter or oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon asafetida
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 4 whole dried red chilies, broken into pieces
  • 3 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon chat masala (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mint
  • small handful of fresh cilantro or parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • Scrub the potatoes and roast for 40 to 50 minutes or until tender in a 425° oven. Let the potatoes cool, then peel and chop into 1-inch or bite-size pieces.

  • Meanwhile, soak the tamarind in 1 cup of hot water for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve and reserve 3 tablespoons of the liquid.

  • Heat the ghee, butter or oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium heat. When hot, toss in the asafetida, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, red chilies and the tamarind water. Stir for a minute or so, then add the cooked potatoes to the pan and stir well.

  • Now add the ground coriander, chili powder, cayenne, garam masala, chat masala, mint, coriander or parsley, and salt to the pan. Turn down the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently and tossing the potatoes occasionally, for 5 to 10 minutes or until the potatoes are lightly browned. Serve hot.

Makes 4 to 8 servings
Tamarind Potatoes with Spices (Imli Aloo)

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Unknown said...

I am absolutely drooling over those, love the texture, color and how they look overall :)

Kitchen Shaman said...

Oh Yeah. I'm loving the discovery of tamarind, and these potatoes will be a hit in my house. Can't wait to see the Black-eyed pea recipe.

MapMaster said...

Delicious! I could eat these by the plateful.

Priya Suresh said...

Slurp, lipsmacking potatoes..yummy..

Claire said...

Oh these look fantastic. I look forward to the black eyed peas recipe that you make to go with these, too.

Champa said...

Really nice of making potatoes.

Johanna GGG said...

how interesting - great use for leftover roast potatoes which I do occasionally - sounds delicious

Anderburf said...

This sounds great! I recently got some Himalayan pink salt from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I'll have to try them out in this recipe.

Relish said...

As always its delicious recipes, love it. Thanks for sharing the post.

Malia said...

So delicious! Really enjoyed the flavor of these potatoes, Lisa!