potatoes with mustard seeds and onions

potato-onion-dish1.jpg chris and i made this dish last nite...it's one of our faves and we haven't had it in awhile. yum!!  it's from a really great cookbook we have from madhur jaffrey called "flavors of india"

potatoes with mustard seeds and onions:

a few T of olive oil

1 tsp brown mustard seeds

2 T *urad dal

2-3 dried hot red chilies, broken into pieces

2 medium onions, chopped

1-1 1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground turmeric

1/4 - 1/2 cayenne pepper

1lb of potatoes, peeled and chopped....we have used a mix of regular and sweet potatoes and that's tastey too.

1 medium sized tomato, chopped

a pinch of *asafetida

.......we always make this recipe with a pot of coconut rice in the rice maker.......

* from any indian grocery store

heat oil in large pan on medium high heat.  when hot, put in mustard seeds, urad dal and chilies.  stir until mustard seeds pop and the dal turns red..this will only take a minute or so.  add onions, cook til onions begin to brown on edge. add salt, turmeric, and cayenne and stir.  add potatoes, tomatoes and asafetida stir and fry for a couple minutes.  then add a cup of water and bring to a boil.  cover, turn the heat to medium and cook vigorously for 10 minutes and the water is absorbed.  you may have to adjust the heat.  remove the cover.  stir and fry the potatoes on medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes to get a rich reddish-yellow color.

this recipe is really good with salad and crusty bread too.