Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hing Jeerey ke Aloo



When Lavi announced RCI- Lucknow, I was really thrilled since I had recently tasted some fabulous Lucknawi/Awadhi/Nawabi food for the first time at Swadh Desi, a newly opened restaurant in Bangalore. I couldn't wait to try some out at home. A book called Dastarkhwan-e-Awadh, I believe is the only known cookbook dedicated solely to this form of cooking. I was lucky enough to find some recipes from that book online here (Jan-Mar 2006 Issue). This Hing Jeerey ke Aloo was simple to make and oh-so-delicious. Thanks, Lavi for hosting this and Lakshmi for starting this wonderful event.




Ingredients:
3 large potatoes, cut into big chunks (recipe calls for baby potatoes)
Salt to taste
1 tbsp ghee (I used ghee/oil combo)
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
1/8 tsp hing/asafoetida
2 green chillies chopped
1 tsp ginger grated
2 tsp anardana powder/pomegranate powder
1 tsp red chilli powder (I used paprika for less heat)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Boil the potatoes in a pan with water and salt. Cook until tender but not mushy. Drain and keep aside.
Heat the ghee in a pan. Add asafoetida, stir on medium heat until it puffs up. Add cumin seeds and stir until they begin to pop. Add the ginger and green chilies and fry for 30 seconds. Add potatoes and stir-fry for a minute.
Add pomegranate powder, red chilli powder and turmeric powder; stir-fry until the masala turns dark brown and evenly coats the potatoes. Remove and adjust the seasoning.

Incidentally, this is my 100th post. It only took 2 years and 8 months to reach this milestone! :) I go through phases in blogging, as do many, I guess. You'll find me posting every few days for a few months and then I disappear for weeks on end! Right now, I'm going through the "cook, click, post" phase, which hopefully will last for sometime. Let's see!! :)

43 comments:

Asha said...

Happy 100th post! Haha!! It took me almost a year to make 100th too but a million dishes later of course! ;D

Hing aloo looks gorgeous, perfect crust. Great entry! :)

Varsha Vipins said...

Looks so so yummy..Neva knowing this is a lucknowy' dish,I make it too ..ofcourse minus the Pom powder,which is like white elephant for me..neva seen such a thing..mebe thats what s giving the dish the desi n yummy taste..:)
Congrats on the 100 th post Vani..waiting for many more from you..:)

Sandeepa said...

Congrats dear and may this phase last longer

Jeera Aloo looks fabulous, I love it too but never added hing, lovely

Madhu said...

Jeera aloo looks very yummy, congrts on your milestone.

Mangala Bhat said...

hey jeera aloo looks soo yummy ..congrats dear .:)
Happy 100th post..happy cooking

Ashwini said...

Congratulations Vani for the 100th post..Aloo looks yumm.Lovely pics..love the flavor which hing gives..

A_and_N said...

Its a beautiful picture :)

Lavi said...

Iam drroling over these jeera aloo's. Thanks for the lovely entry Vani!

Sharmila said...

What a lovely bowlful Vani! Congrats on the 100th. :-)

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Lovely and tempting Potato subji. Beautiful colour.

Sia said...

congrats vani:)both u r ur blog is a precious addition in my life:) i am glad that u r in cook, click and post mode. he he he...
and that hing-jeera aloo looks delicious. this is the second potato stir fry recipe i have come across today and i am gonna make some as soon as i get home. food blogging is not good for my waistline ;) and yeah, gorgeous pic!

Priya said...

Congrats for ur 100th post Vani...Jeera aloo looks gorgeous...

Happy cook said...

Congrats and i want to have this potato with my rotis.

indosungod said...

Vani, I am a potato addict and with such gorgeous pictures what is one to do. I have baby potatoes and I am cooking this up soon.

Congratulations! Glad to hear you are in a good phase now with the blogging :)

Cham said...

Congrats on ur century and wish many more delicous.... I always love ur spot , the pict is stunning Vani.

Vani said...

Asha - thanks! :)

Varsha - thanks for the wishes! I make the jeera aloo with garma masala and ginger-garlic paste too. I guess it's the ingredients like ghee, hing and anardana powder that makes it Lucknawi.

Sandeepa- thanks for the wishes, hon!

Madhu - thanks :)

Vani said...

Asha - thanks! :)

Varsha - thanks for the wishes! I make the jeera aloo with garma masala and ginger-garlic paste too. I guess it's the ingredients like ghee, hing and anardana powder that makes it Lucknawi.

Sandeepa- thanks for the wishes, hon!

Madhu - thanks :)

Vani said...

Asha - thanks! :)

Varsha - thanks for the wishes! I make the jeera aloo with garma masala and ginger-garlic paste too. I guess it's the ingredients like ghee, hing and anardana powder that makes it Lucknawi.

Sandeepa- thanks for the wishes, hon!

Madhu - thanks :)

Vani said...

Mangala - thank you :)

Ashwini- thanks! yeah, hing did add a nice flavor to the oil and the aloo.

A&N - thanks :)

Lavi - glad you liked it. Thanks for hosting this!

Sharmila - thank you! :)

Vani said...

Lakshmi- thanks for stopping by and the nice comment :)

Sia - thanks, hon! you know you are important for me too, right? Amazing the friendships we form coz of blogging, alwa? I agree, food blogging leads to bigger waistlines and other fatty depostis one does not need :)

Priya - thanks so much :)

HC- thanks and come on over and get some ! :)

ISG - thanks! yeah, it's the good enthu phase now. Making most of it :)

Cham - aw, thanks so much for the lovely comment!

sra said...

Vani, those potatoes are to die for! I was telling Lavi she's made life difficult by announcing a vegetarian Awadhi, I still haven't found any veggie recipes from Lucknow.

And congrats on your milestone - yours is one of the first blogs I'd come across - but I got used to your phases and don't seem to visit as often as I would like. I've recently put your blog on my reader so i won't miss your phases now. :-D

Smitha said...

Happy 100th post!! I love hing jeere ke aloo...So simple so rustic n so yummy

Pavithra Kodical said...

Happy 100th post :) This curry is so simple and delicious..

Vani said...

Sra- thanks for the comment! I know what you mean - it's easy to forget when someone isn't actively blogging. Glad u added me to your reader. I'm a recent recruit and I have you too. Got one site that has a few veg recipes. Sent youthe link too. TC!

Smitha- thanks. It was very simple to make and definitely yum! :)

Pavithra- nice t see you here! thanks. It was simple and delicious :)

Priya Sriram said...

Congrats on your 100 th post Vani! Delicious Aloo!! :) As usual, pictures are wonderful, they remind me of all authentic Indian food... :)

DEESHA said...

this does look delicious .. never tried adding hing to these kinda curries .. love such homely simple Indian food

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow superb recipe....Congrats on your milestone post. Keep rocking...

Arathi Sridhar said...

hing aloo looks yum! Great blog Vani!

Uj said...

Anything with Potato and I am interested...Looks yummy. I have tried only jeera aloo never used Anardana powder. Got to search in the Indian stores next time.
Congratulations on your 100th post :) Glad that you are in a very nice phase now. Will add you to my reader as I do not want to miss any of your wonderful recipes :)

Vani said...

Priya - thanks :)

Deesha - hing made a diff. do try :)

Kitchen Flavors - thanks :)

Arathi - thanks for stopping by and your comment :)

Uj - thanks! have added you to my reader as well :)

LG said...

Congratulations dear. Wishing you many more centuries. POtato sabji looks tempting. Did I tell you that I tried your upma recipe (the one which had sambar powder in it) and it turned out to be winner at home. Thanks for your recipe.

Sanghi said...

Excellent recipies and wonderful clicks Vani..! first time here and you have a great space! Do visit mine :)

lothi said...

hey vani congrats on your 100th post! picture is awesome n luks yummy..
One gud news i'm expecting n thats y culdnt post anything. Now i'm in India and will be back in a couple of month. How was ur vacation?

Vani said...

LG - thanks and glad you liked the upma!

Sanghi - thanks for stopping by. WIll be over to check your blog :)

Lothi- congrats!! will leave you a comment on your blog .

Jaya said...

Vani,
congrats on 100th post and dont worry I also completed 100 post in two years ...LOL...
again congrats and let it cook,click post more...
hugs and smiles

meeso said...

Wow, great looking potatoes!

Namratha said...

That's a wonderful dish, and easy too! You have a nice space here, thanks for stopping by my blog :)

delhibelle said...

Heeng Jeeray ke aloo look so delicious! My aunts and mom make these the same way, except the turmeric and anardana. Will try this way next time

Shubha said...

Vani the snap is looking so good.... I just love the aloo jeera bhaji... yummy dear

Vani said...

Jaya - thanks! nice to know I have company :)

Meeso- thanks :)

Namratha- thank you for taking time to cooment. I still haven't gotten over your Prada bag :)

Delhibelle - nice to know that your mom & aunts mke it the same way. I liked the flavor of anardana in this version.

Shubha- thanks! :)

Nabeel said...

I am a big fan of allo, but never heard of Hing Jeery. The picture looks delicious

Vani said...

Nabeel - thanks :)

marudhus kitchen said...

nice simple recipe