Recipe by Chef Edlear
This recipe is from Mridula Baljekar's 30 Minute Vegetarian Indian Cookbook. The leftovers make a great omelet filling, or eaten cold in a wrap. I usually forgo the dried chiles, and use a comparable amount of red pepper flakes.
- 2 -4 tablespoons canola oil or 2 -4 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 3⁄4 teaspoon black mustard seeds
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin seed
- 1 -2 dried red chilies, chopped or 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1⁄2-1 yellow onion, finely diced
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small green chili pepper, seeded chopped (optional ingredient)
- 4 1⁄2 cups peeled cubed potatoes (1 inch cubes)
- 1⁄2-1 teaspoon salt, to taste
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 4 cups chopped fresh spinach
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat the oil over medium heat. When it's hot, add in the mustard seeds. When they start popping, add in the cumin seeds, then the chile/red pepper flakes. Stir for a few seconds. ( I sometimes have trouble with getting my mustard seeds to pop. I always suspect that it has to do with their age, but I'm only guessing there. If they don't pop in a reasonable amount of time, I just proceed. It's never affected the flavor of the finished dish).
- Add the onion, garlic and green chile if you're using one. Stir fry these for 5 minutes, adjusting the heat down partway through the fry time.
- Add the potatoes and increase the heat a little. Stir fry for 5 minutes, then cover, turn the heat back down a bit, and cook for 4 minutes. I lift the lid and give them a quick stir halfway through this time. The potatoes and onion will be starting to brown at this point.
- Stir in the salt and spices. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and continue to cook for 10 minutes. Give a quick stir after the first 5 minutes.
- Add the spinach and increase the heat. Stir in the spinach as it wilts, then cover pan again, reduce heat again and let cook for another 7 minutes.
- Remove the lid and test one of the potatoes, they should be cooked through at this point. (if not, recover and cook a bit longer) Reduce the heat a little and continue cooking to evaporate any remaining juices from the spinach. Stir frequently during this time to avoid sticking.