Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lasun Batata / Spicy Garlicky Baby Potatoes

One more of my Ma's special dishes..Knowing my love for potatoes, its a surprise I haven't made this in a really long time...

I had some friends over for lunch and decided to make this...It was a real hit, they even packed the remaining for their dinner !! If you like it with a little more gravy to have with rotis, you can add curd to the masala..My aunt makes it like that and its called 'jumping potatoes' !!

lasun batata

Peeling garlic isn't really one of my favourite things to do..I used to buy peeled garlic from the stores earlier, but ever since one of the vegetable vendors here told me that they rub kerosene on the garlic to make it easier to peel, I have stopped buying them...Do check with your stores before you pick up peeled garlic...
And let me also mention here that the 12 cloves of garlic I used in this dish are the regular Indian sized garlic cloves. I had to mention this since the garlic I've seen in the US is about 3-4 times the size of the ones here !!

You can make these as spicy as you like. I have used my stock of Byadgi chillies from Bangalore, which give a lovely red colour, but aren't that spicy..

What you need -

15-20 baby potatoes
10-12 cloves of peeled garlic
15-20 red chillies (use as per your preferred spice level)
small ball of tamarind / 2 tsp tamarind paste
salt to taste
3-4 tbsp oil

What you do with it -

Boil the baby potatoes in a pot of hot salted water
Peel and set aside
Grind the peeled garlic, tamarind and red chillies into a smooth paste, without adding water
Add salt and grind once more
Apply this paste on the potatoes and keep aside for 10-15 mins
Heat half the oil in a heavy bottom pan and then put the potatoes in it
Stir occasionally and fry on a low heat, adding the remaining oil, as required, for about 20 mins or till the ground paste has blended well with the potatoes and there is no raw smell
Serve hot with rotis or dal and rice


Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks very tempting n yummy!

Lal said...

Seeing this pic during lunch hour is making me desperate :(

Miri said...

Oh I have heard about the famous Jumpin' potatoes from S and have been wanting to try this for a long time! Looks delicious

Sayantani said...

Oh my god dint know this about readymade peeled garlics. I dont have any househelp right now and this weekened only was thinking of buying peeled garlics...buut now I have to check. the potatoes look awesome...love garlic and red chillies. perfect for me.
Between since you helped me lot in baking bread cant help telling you that I have finally started baking great breads. thanks to Suma and gloripan brand...the dough now rises as per my order every time.

Sayantani said...

Between Arch would you like to participate in Arusuvai friendship chain. you can check this for further information.

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Oh so yummy!!I'll cut down the chillies but the chillies u have sound oh so good!
love the addition of tamrind to the garlicky potatoes!

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Oh so yummy!!I'll cut down the chillies but the chillies u have sound oh so good!
love the addition of tamrind to the garlicky potatoes!

notyet100 said...

yummmm this looks ,perfect with chapati

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, they looks absolutely mouth watering.

Sayantani said...

thanks for being a part of Arusuvai, will contact you through mail.
got gloripan from Spar hypermarket in Koramangala (Oasis building). they come in pouches and its an instant powdered yeast.

Sayantani said...

Arch, can you please mail me at

PreeOccupied said...

Kerosene on garlic. Yuck. Can you grow your own garlic now? :-)

My husband loves garlic, I have a feeling your beautiful-looking baby potatoes will be much loved in my home too.

Malar Gandhi said...

Garlic flavoured potatoes sounds yummm to me:)

Nags said...

i make something very similar with sambar powder :D

Vani said...

The potatoes look great, Arch! Such a simple masala too, which I really like. Bruschetta with soup is such a lovely dinner combo, esp on a winter night.

Yeah, moved to Madras for N's work. We'll be moving back to BLR in April.


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