How to make it

  • Peel or clean off potato skins
  • Cut into quarters or cubes (if potatoes are large)
  • Heat oil and sprinkle in Panch Phora
  • When the seeds brown, add the chopped onion
  • Fry gently for a few minutes
  • Add cilantro, turmeric, salt and chilli powder.
  • Add potato, stir well and sprinkle with hot water
  • Cover saucepan tightly on a very low heat for 20 minutes
  • Shake pan from time to time to prevent potatoes from sticking to pan bottom
  • Sprinkle with Garam Masala and lemon juice and for a further 10-20 minutes, checking the potatoes for softness every so often
  • Do a final shake to ensure potatoes are covered evenly with the seeds, and serve.

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  • debra47 9 years ago
    Just gone back to this one myself and noticed an oversight for American cousins. 454 grams = 1lb , so 500 gm is approximately 1 pound or 1lb 2oz to be almost exact! Mr Debra47/
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  • huxter 10 years ago
    Thanks for this idea ---it will be on our table tonight !!!---served with some goat curry .
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    tomagreb ate it and said...
    Brilliant recipe. It is very popular at my place and everyone thinks I'm such a clever cook!
    PS Love the metric measures
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    sunny ate it and said...
    This sounds wonderful Debra - great post. I made curry last night and wished I had potatoes to try this, will do it soon. = )
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  • debra47 12 years ago
    Hi Guys - thanks for all your great comments and questions. My husband made this so I'll ask him to reply:

    Mumtazcatering - Nigella Seeds are fascinating - I have to admit I first heard of them on a British TV show 'The Apprentice' (similar to one you have with guy with funny hair!). The contestants had to buy some along with a number of other very different items. They had no idea what they were! Anyway, we didn't use them in this dish as we had none and had to substitute with Caraway seeds, which were fine, but I'd love to use the real thing - so we'll be searching this weekend - we'll report back how different the dish is when totally authentic! I did know they are very good medicinally, but not much detail - fascinating about your daughter.

    Jennifer - sorry about the metric measurements - we've kind of had to accept them in the UK, even though WE still have miles, inches and pounds - people of a certain age never converted! 500g is just over 1lb - which is 453.59 grams to be exact, but we usually say 500g as near to 1lb as makes no difference!

    Uhannigan - "Dry" and "Wet" basically is easy to follow.Most curries are meat and/or vegetables cooked in a sauce prepared from spices and some kind of wet ingredient like coconut milk, yoghart, tomatoes, stock, etc. Less well known but equally as good are dry curries like this, which are essentially steamed with little moisture (but enough) which help to absorb the spices.

    Hope this interjection answers all your questions?
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  • uhannigan 12 years ago
    Sounds great. I'm also wondering what 500g would weigh--the metric system passed me by. Also, I have often wondered what is the difference between "dry" curry and other curry. I've ordered it from restaurant menus, but it has come in a sauce and tastes like other curries.
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  • jenniferbyrdez 12 years ago
    This looks wonderful. You'll have to tell me how much 500g of taters is tho. I don't do grams or liters or ?
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    mumtazcatering ate it and said...
    hi debra thanks for the recipe just out of interest did you know that the nigella seeds have many medicinal uses? my daughter is in final year studying pharmacy and her research project was on the nigella seed she obtained a distinction for her research on the antimicrobial testing of the seeds.i make a similar one without the panch pora but will be cooking it with it in future
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