This is one of the simple easy recipe. I got this Aloo bartha from one of my bengali friend. This is there usual side dish they have in Bengal, Bihar some of the north Indian Parts. First time when i tasted it I loved it. The only different is the mustard oil that gives the mustard falour to it and offcouse potato tastes good with what ever we mix with it. :) !! I'm from Karnataka and never tried making any recipe with mustard oil. But in North India Most of the dishes they add mustard oil only.
I'm sending this Aloo Bartha Recipe to Sia's - Monsoon Spice for her Ode To Potato and to DK - Culinary Bazaar to her event The Potato Fe(a)st. I'm so gald to send this recipe as this 2008 is a year of , International Year of the Potato (IYP) by United Nations to raise awareness of Solanum Tuberosum. Thank you Sia and DK for your effort to make it and letting us know about the importance of potatoes.
Some of the facts of Potatoes,
The potato belongs to the Solanaceae or nightshade family whose other members include tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and tomatillos. This sentiment probably inspired the potato's scientific name, Solanum tuberosum, since solanum is derived from a Latin word meaning "soothing".
There are about about 100 varieties of edible potatoes. They range in size, shape, color, starch content and flavor. They are often classified as either mature potatoes (the large potatoes that we are generally familiar with) and new potatoes (those that are harvested before maturity and are of a much smaller size)
A baked potato is an exceptionally healthful low calorie, high fiber food that offers significant protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Food ranking system qualified potatoes as a very good source of vitamin C, a good source of vitamin B6, copper, potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber. Potatoes also contain a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity. Among these important health-promoting compounds are carotenoids, flavonoids, and caffeic acid, as well as unique tuber storage proteins, such as patatin, which exhibit activity against free radicals.
- Blood-Pressure Lowering Potential.
- Vitamin B6-Building Cells.
- Vitamin B6-Brain Cell and Nervous System Activity.
- Vitamin B6-Cardiovascular Protection.
- Vitamin B6-Athletic Performance
Whether mashed, baked or roasted, often consider potatoes as comfort food. It is an important food staple and the number one vegetable crop in the world. Potatoes are available year-round as they are harvested somewhere every month of the year.
This Aloo bartha taste good only with mustard oil... !! So this was my first try for mustard oil and its yummy !! Its easy and simple to make when your are tired or lazy to cook :D !!...
3 Potatoes of medium size
1/4 tsp Termeric powder
2 tblsp Mustard oil
1/2 tsp mustard
2 Red chillies
2-3 tblsp Coriender leafs/ Cilantro chopped
Salt as per taste
1. Bake the potatoes with the skin in Micro wave for around 4-5 minutes. Orelse boil the potatoes.
2. Peel out the skin of the potatoes, If they are baked in micro wave.
3. In a pan heat up 2 tblsp of mustard oil, add mustard seeds and red chillies. This is just the seasoning.
4. Add the seasoning to the peeled potatoes, add termeric powder, salt, chopped cilantro, and smash them to a smooth paste.
5. Aloo bartha is ready to be eaten with Roti, Chapathi or Rice.. :) !! Enjoy !!
Sending it to Sia's...
And to Dk's..
About Potatoes from - Wikipedia and WHFoods