Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Potato Thoran

Recipe No: 207
We love anything and everything with Potato and this used to be one of my favorite Thorans growing up… one vegetarian dish that I ate without my Mother forcing me…
Ingredients                                              Serves 4-5
  • Potato cut into thin long pieces…..2 Cups (1 really big Potato, sliced into 1 1/2 cm long pieces)
  • Oil…………………………....................2 Tablespoons
  • Mustard seeds…………...................1/2 Teaspoon
  • Dry Red Chilly……………................2 (Split into 2)
  • Shallots sliced…………….................2 big
  • Green Chilly sliced thin.….............2
  • Curry Leaves…………………............1 sprig
  • Grated  Coconut…….....................1/3 cup (unsweetened)
  • Turmeric Powder………………………1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt as needed
Method of Preparation
  1. Mix together Coconut, Turmeric powder and Salt really well and keep aside till ready to be used.
  2. Heat Oil in a pan on medium high heat and splutter the Mustard Seeds.
  3. Add Dry Red Chilly, Shallots, Curry Leaves and Green Chilly; fry till it starts to brown along the edges.
  4. Add drained Potato and saute for a minute.
  5. Make a well in the middle by pushing the Potato to the sides of the pan and place the Coconut mixture in the middle.
  6. Cover the Coconut mixture with Potato from the sides; close the pan; lower the heat and let it cook for 4-5 minutes or till the Potato is just cooked.
  7. Open it and mix everything really well and saute for 30 seconds before serving hot with Rice.
Notes:
  • Don’t forget to keep the sliced Potatoes in cold Water to prevent it from browning. But , drain it well before making this dish.
  • Don’t overcook the Potatoes as it will mash and form clumps easily.
 





Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…

6 comments:

Kurinji said...

Yummy thoran and glad to follow u !!!

kurinjikathambam

Kitchen Flavours said...

Simple yet delectable...

Priya said...

Can have it anytime with anything, fabulous thoran..

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Super....lovely space...glad to follow...

FunWidFud

aipi said...

wow, looks simply delicious, love the flavors going in there..

US Masala

Sarah Naveen said...

same pinch..I love this...and made it last week
That looks so perfect and delicious..yumm yumm!!

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