Potato and Pea Curry With Yogurt, Cumin, and Ginger

"This Madhur Jaffrey recipe pairs peas and potatoes with cumin, ginger, and a pinch of asafoetida. If you can't get asafoetida, substitute with equal parts onion powder and garlic powder. This recipe cries out for the freshest peas you can find; it will work with frozen peas (and may even cook faster) but won't taste quite the same. Adapted from a recipe by Nick Kindlesperger at Serious Eats. http://bit.ly/iSroPf"
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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the potatoes, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until a knife easily slips into the flesh, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes in a colander, and allow to cool for a few minutes. Cut the potatoes in half, and then remove their skins.
  • Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add the asafetida and cumin seeds. Let them cook for 10 seconds, and then add the potatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are lightly browned, two to three minutes.
  • Add three tablespoons of yogurt, the peas, the ginger, the salt, and the cayenne. Stir well, and let cook until the yogurt is absorbed by the potatoes. Add another three tablespoons of yogurt and the coriander. Stir and let cook until the yogurt is once again absorbed.
  • Add the rest of the yogurt, stir, and let cook for one minute. If you used frozen peas, you are done at this point. If you used fresh peas, add three tablespoons of water, turn heat to low, cover the skillet, and cook until peas are tender, four to six minutes. Serve the curry with rice.

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