FOR THE LOVE OF POTATO

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We Indians love our potatoes, it forms an inseparable part of the Indian kitchen. But, it’s interesting to note that it did not even exist on our soil more than four centuries ago. However, since its advent on the Indian shores at the  commencement of 17th century, the tuber manged to gradually create a niche for itself in every regional Indian  cuisine. Thus, the repertoire of potato recipes is very extensive and it’s tough to sum up all of them in a single article. So, I have captured five of my favourite potato delights from different regional cuisines here:


  1. Batata Vada

Mumbai city’s most famous street food preparation has batata or potato at its core. The vada is a piquant potato fritter. The best way to enjoy the vada is by stuffing it in a piece of laadi pav smeared with a spicygarlic chutney and eat it piping hot in the rains.

Mumbai city’s most famous street food preparation has batata or potato at its core. The vada is a piquant potato fritter. The best way to enjoy the vada is by stuffing it in a piece of laadi pav smeared with a spicygarlic chutney and eat it piping hot in the rains.


  1. Aloo Posto

This is the most celebrated potato preparation of the Bengali cuisine. Chopped potatoes are sautéed in mustard oil with green chillies, cumin seeds and khuskhus (poppy seeds) to arrive at this delicacy.


  1. Aloo Pitika

This dish from the Assamese cuisine is the easiest potato recipe I have come across in my culinary journey. Various regions serve this same dish by different names, the most common urban lingo is Mashed potatoes. Mashed boiled potatoes are mixed with fresh green coriander, green chillies and drizzled with mustard oil or butter before serving.


  1. Tuk Patata

In this dish from the Sindhi cuisine, diced potatoes or patata are flattened and double-fried till they turn crispy. Once ready they are served with a sprinkling of red chilli powder, amchur (dry mango powder) and salt.


  1. Urullakizhagu Stew

In Kerala, chopped potatoes or urullakizhagu are fried with whole spices and onions along with coconut milk to arrive at this highly aromatic, milky-white stew.­

I highlight this very versatile, healthy and highly consumed ingredient The Potato to drive attention to Annamrita, a project that also focuses on health and feeds a huge volume like 1.2million children every day across India. Its various versions of rice based dishes especially khichdi forms the lifeline of many hungry needy children in municipality and slum schools. Just like the potato that forms a quintessential part of nearly every Indian household, similarly Annamrita has resolved to provide nutritious meals to every needy school in India to make for a brighter and stronger India. This is Annamrita’s resolve and I urge everyone to fully extend their support to it.

ABOUT THE BLOGGER:

Saher Khanzada is a marketing professional who pursues her passion for the world of food through her personal blog, www.thebombayglutton.com Her blog has been recognised with awards two years in a row at the coveted India Food Bloggers Awards.

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