POTATO AND LEEK FRY


POTATO AND LEEK FRY
I brought some leek stalks this week to prepare soups but they ended up in a completely different dish…I am glad they did! If you love lots of onions in potato fries or other non-vegetarian dishes, you are sure to love this one. This potato fry had lots of onion flavor but that did not overpower the dish. I have used my grandma’s recipe here. She uses fennel seeds in almost everything, so I have stuck to that and did not use any other spices. If needed, a teaspoon of garam masala can be added along with the chili and coriander powder.

INGREDIENTS:
Medium size potatoes, 3.
Red onions, medium-size, 4.
Leeks, 2 stalks.
Ginger-garlic paste, 1 teaspoon.
Fennel seeds, ¼ teaspoon.
Mustard seeds, ½ teaspoon.
Chili powder, 2 teaspoons.
Coriander powder, 2 teaspoons.
Salt as per taste.
Curry leaves and cilantro for garnishing, 1 sprig of each.

PREPARATION:
Wash the potatoes and cook them in a pressure cooker or microwave with the skin on and let it cool. When the potatoes are cool enough to be handled, peel the skin and mash them into large pieces. Discard the green part of the leeks and then cut the white portion vertically once. Rinse them over running water to remove the sand in between. Dice them into small pieces and keep aside. Dice the onions finely. Remove the curry leaves from the sprig and chop the cilantro finely. Heat a pan with some oil. When the oil turns hot enough, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add the diced onions and curry leaves and sauté them for a few minutes. When the onions are well caramelized, add ginger-garlic paste and fennel seeds and sauté for a few more minutes. Then add the chili powder, coriander powder, salt, and mix everything well. Keep frying them for a minute or two until there is no raw smell emanating from the powders. Then add the mashed potatoes and leeks, mix everything, and keep frying under medium flame for 5 minutes. It can also be cooked closed under low-flame for 5 minutes until the potatoes absorb all the flavors and they get a roasted texture. A few more teaspoons of oil can also be added at this stage to aid in caramelizing, I have omitted that. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with rotis or rice.

35 comments:

Shama Nagarajan said...

surely a different recipe dear...looks yummy

Parita said...

i adore leeks and this dish is sure a winning combination!

Prathibha said...

when it was available for me I did not know what to do with Leeks and now we dont get them in India...hmmm..Thanks for sharing dear.

Ann said...

never did anything with leeks, this sounds so new and yumm

Ann said...

Sounds great Gita !!Leek is my fav too

Vrinda said...

I lov onion flavor..looks like a nice combo Gita..yummm

Padma said...

Very rare combo Gita... nice try it looks great :)

Hari Chandana said...

Lovely combination gita.. looks very good :)

Laavanya said...

I'm sure i'd love leeks but for some reason i never pick them up - lovely idea to pair them with potatoes in this curry.

Yasmeen said...

Leek and fennel seeds in potatoes,I'd love to try this (:

Pooja said...

Looks delicious! Never used leeks before!

Superchef said...

this looks different..ive used leeks only in soups so far!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Grandma's recipes are always fantastic. Love the smell of onion and fennel:)
Potato n leak fry sounds party to me.
Good way to include leeks. Nice recipe.

Divya Vikram said...

Havent had leeks in anything other than soups. Looks yummy!

Preety said...

nice n innovative one gita

Kitchen Flavours said...

New combo.....looks yum...love that tandoori fish too....

Valarmathi said...

A different combo. Looks yummy.

Preeti Singh said...

Leek are very famous here....I add them in noodels and few dry vegi....you have given a new and enjoyable recipe.... thanks for sharing..

Priya said...

SUch a delicious combo, should give a try, looks yum!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

As usual,a fusion recipe from u :) Sounds gud!

littletastebuds said...

Never tried leek this way.will try this for sure.looks yum.

Ashwini said...

never tried leeks..looks yummy though

Priti said...

Ah new recipe again..looks interesting and ur tandoori fish looks so inviting :)

rekhas kitchen said...

I can imagen the flavor of the potato fry leek and fennel gives a great aroma nice combination Gita looks yum yum yummy.

Suparna said...

wow..something very unusual! looks good, Thanks for the recipe Gita.

sangi said...

Hi dear,This is really new to me...
will surely try...

Chitra said...

i've not seen leeks here..anyways nice dish:)looks yumm!!

Smitha said...

Potatot and leeks. It's a very differnet recipe. Nice

Doloncookbook said...

First time saw this combo ... Looks very delicious ...

vidhas said...

l have not used leeks, new to me. Surely will try.

ARUNA said...

that's a cute arrangement Gita!!!

Astra Libris said...

Oh my goodness, SO incredible!! I adore leeks and potatoes together - you are soooo brilliant for turning them into this gorgeous recipe!! I'm in raptures of delight, reading the description!

Ilana Bar-Hai said...

I thought I ought ot let youknow that I have been maing this for our family passover seders here in Israel. Very popular with everyone. Now I wonder if I can replace potaoes with Jeruslaem artichokes for my diabetic type 1 brother...

Ilana Bar-Hai said...

I thought I ought ot let youknow that I have been maing this for our family passover seders here in Israel. Very popular with everyone. Now I wonder if I can replace potaoes with Jeruslaem artichokes for my diabetic type 1 brother...

franig said...

This recipe is fantastic, thank you for sharing it, I've made it a few times :-)