Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spicy stir fried potatoes with crunchy spinach

Potatoes roasted in ghee, with aromatic spices and topped with crunchy n’ delicate fried spinach. It’s a simple everyday stir fried potato - simple soulful, everyday meal.
Stir fried Potato  spinach, crunchy, easy, delicious, vegetarian recipe
Stir fried Potato  spinach, crunchy, easy, delicious, vegetarian recipe

I have yet to meet a person who does not like potatoes. This is one universal vegetable that is probably used in every household. Something to say about a plain old potato. From culinary houses to street food, it has seen it all. Potato is not only versatile, but it’s long shelf life ; a blessing - when nothing else in the refrigerator - there is always potatoes. We love stir fried potatoes, and it’s our go to meal on super busy days, actually busy is just an excuse ;)

When I posted the image of the peeling potato ( image above ) on Facebook, some of my friends asked me if this is how I peel my potatoes. It’s amazing how I almost never use a peeler and am not even sure if I have one in my kitchen, this is how I have peeled potatoes all my life and seen my mother do the same. I never thought of it as a skill, but am told that it is. I think I have the cutest set of friends. I think I must thank my Mother for teaching me my knife skills, even though she had a helper in the kitchen, we were always asked to peel, chop and do the prep work. That’s a different story that I always found a way out of work and my sister would end up doing most of it … followed by endless fights on how I get away without doing much. Well, I was kind of a tomboy and did most of the chores outside home, going to the post office, bank…would give me some time to goof around and blame it on traffic or long lines at the bank. It’s a surprise how I learnt so much while growing up. So many things come to me without thinking much, I just go back to how mom did it…Amazing how our brain is always learning. Well, that’s only true to cooking, as mathematics is a different story, it’s a miracle that I remember how to add and subtract. 

Well, this recipe is super simple too….I assure you it’s a best seller! Absolutely delish and approved by all ages, a great side for parties. 

Stir fried Potato  spinach, crunchy, easy, delicious, vegetarian recipe

4 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
2 cups finely chopped fresh spinach

3 tbsp ghee or oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
juice of half lime or one lime if the lime is tiny.
salt to taste

oil to deep fry
2 tbsp rice flour

Peel the potatoes, cups them and soak in warm water.
In a pan heat ghee. Add mustard, cumin let it splatter, add the potato and roast, when it is half cooked,  add the red chili, cumin powder, salt and sprinkle some water and cover till it is cooked.

Heat oil in a pan to deep fry.

Take the chopped spinach and sprinkle 2 tbsp of rice flour or corn flour and toss. Deep fry the spinach  in batches. Let it cool. Dish out the potatoes and sprinkle the spinach just before serving. Do NOT cover the dish, if you do that then the spinach will lose it’s crunch.

Stir fried Potato  spinach, crunchy, easy, delicious, vegetarian recipe

Stir fried Potato  spinach, crunchy, easy, delicious, vegetarian recipe
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  1. AMAZING POST!! You came back with a bang and photographs are spectacular! Can't stop myself from looking at them again and again.

  2. Irresistibly yummilicious !!! And the pictures are to die for !!!!! Can't take my eyes off !!

  3. what a combo.. I never tried this also the pic soooo tempting.. Must try bookmarked Simi

    1. Veena, let me know after you tried it - thanks :))

  4. I have a family who is not potato friendly! :( It makes me sad that I cannot cook potatoes often... seeing the way you peel your potatoes, I wouldn't dare because I am very good at cutting my fingers! :) I could lay my hands on that bowl and have it alone without any sides... delicious!

  5. Lovely combo and scrumptious dish!



  6. Wow looks yummy. .will definitely try this side dish with crunchy spinach. .We love potatoes too! Lovely clicks. .

  7. I love the way you have captured this dish. Looks VERY delicious.

  8. New fan here! Love this simple and flavor-packed recipe. Enjoy following you on pinterest as well.

  9. I think you are right---I don't think I have met anyone who doesn't like potatoes either. Fab recipe. The picture of the cooked dish was more than I could take. I LOVE potatoes by the way. Soooo since I think you are wonderful cook, but you managed to get out of doing much there and your sister got stuck-----well she must be a cook extraordinaire??? And are you close now? Lol

    1. Carol, thanks ! yes my sister is an extraordinary cook. She lives in India so geographically she's not very close - but we are very close and have a lot in common.


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