All in! Bombay [potatoes] Express

23 Nov

Normally Man Woman don’t buy potatoes. So ignorant is Man Woman of potato culture, that we had to buy one of the pre-packaged 1kg bags of potatoes from the supermarket which has the ‘good for…’ list on it because we were too ashamed to ask our local green grocer which potatoes we need for what (incidentally, we needed potatoes that wouldn’t go floury or crumble).

As a result, we had a lot more potatoes than we two people would normally know what to do with. Man suggested a Bombay Potatoes, and as Woman googled what this actually was, we decided that the flavouring was too good to leave to potatoes alone. All in!

All in Bombay Express! (serves 4)

  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 3 – 4 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground chili
  • 1 cm piece of ginger finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced
  • 3 – 4 mid-sized potatoes (already par-boiled)
  • 1/2 C lentils, soaked and cooked
  • 4 leaves of rainbow Swiss chard (does Swiss chard need capital ‘S’?)
  • 1/2 C peas
  • 4-5 medium very ripe tomatoes
  • plentiful salt

Prior to everything else, par or totally boil the potatoes. Prepare and cook lentils.

Heat oil (about a tablespoon or two) in a large pan. When hot, add mustard seeds, then other spices, ginger and garlic. Add potatoes, lentils and peas. Cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Add tomatoes cooking until they reduce down slightly. Finally add swiss chard (or other greens) about 2 minutes before serving.

Keep tasting to adjust spices to own peculiar tastes.

Top with chopped coriander and yoghurt if so desired. Can serve alone or with naan or rice.

Estimated cost: £1.50 (got some really cheap tomatoes)

Musical accompaniment:  Afrocubism


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