Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Aloo Bathua - ready in a jiffy

My colleague often mentioned Bathua leaves to me. He is an excellent cook and a perfectionist in almost everything he takes up. When I found these at the local vendor, I picked them up. The vendor gave me some 5 different names for the same and bathua was the only one that got my ears pricked up.

In a recent article, The Hindu had a recipe based on Bathua leaves and I adapted the same. It was so delicious that it was gone in minutes and I could not take a photograph.

Ingredients(Serves 2 as a side dish) :

  1. 1 large bunch of bathua leaves
  2. 4 medium potatoes
  3. 2 tsp oil
  4. 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  5. 1 tsp red chilli powder
  6. 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  7. 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  8. A pinch of turmeric
  9. Salt to taste
How I made it :
  1. Boil the potatoes till 3/4 done. About 1 whistle on high and 3-4 minutes on sim in a pressure cooker.
  2. Clean the bathua leaves. In a different pressure cooker, give 1 whistle on high for the leaves.
  3. Cut boiled potatoes into small cubes
  4. Roughly chop the boiled bathua leaves. Drain the water and reserve so that it can be used diluted for making rotis.
  5. Heat oil in a pan.
  6. Throw in the cumin seeds.
  7. Once the cumin seeds crackle or change colour, put in the red chilli powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder.
  8. Swirl it all around for 15 seconds.
  9. Throw in the chopped potato cubes.
  10. Fry on sim for about 5 minutes.
  11. Add the chopped bathua leaves.
  12. Adjust salt. Add the garam masala.
  13. Serve hot with rotis.