Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Papar-er Tarkari

This is a mouthwatering Bengali preparation. It is also very simple and easy to make.

  • 4 large potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 urad papads broken into pieces
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 to 3 tsp red chilli powder (if your papads are too peppery then go easy on the chilli powder)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups water
Wash and peel the potatoes. Chop them into large pieces. Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Once the seeds start spluttering add the potatoes and fry over medium to high heat till they are evenly brown on both sides.

Add the dry spices. Note that this recipe does not need garam masala. Keep it basic. Add the salt but not too much. Now add the water and bring it to a boil. Throw in the broken papad pieces and cook till the papad pieces are soft and completely done.

Serve hot with chapati or rice!

Happy Cooking!