Friday, December 17, 2010

Potato's In Tangy carrom Gravy/Khatte Aloo ajwain main

I was going through Priya's http://priyaseasyandtastyrecipes.blogspotcom post on this recipe yesterday , preparing a dish with Ajwain/carom as the main ingredient caught my fancy and I checked to see if I had all the condiments to prepare this. I was so thrilled with this preparation as it turned out much more than I had  expected,I knew it would be good but it would taste exquisitely fantastic was beyond my expectation.This dish also comes in handy whenever you find yourself in ," No vegetables" situation. I was  also caught in one of those dire situations yesterday :( with just potato's and thankfully tomato's to my rescue.

Priya has made this without the potato's and for all I know probably this is how this dish is supposed to be,but being the huge fan of potato's that I am, I knew I had to add potato's to this tangy ajwain sauce. So apart from adding  the potato's to this recipe,I have not made any big changes. Yes-I have sliced the onions instead of chopping them  and increased the number of tomato's and dry roasted the masala fresh.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4

Ajwain/carom seeds: 1 tbsp
Coriander seeds: 1 tsp
Red chilli dry: 3
Cumin: 1tsp
Black peppercorn: 1/2 tsp

 Take all these and dry roast them and then wait for these to cool down. Grind these in a coffee grinder to a fine powder .

For seasoning:

Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Methi dana/Fenugreek seeds: 1 tsp
Curry leaves: 7-8

Onion: 1 large finely sliced
Garlic cloves: 6 finely chopped
Tomato: 2 medium sized sliced
Potato's: 2 medium -sliced into 8  long pieces vertically
Tamarind pulp: 1 cup
Olive Oil: 2 tbsp
salt: 1 tsp

Take 2 tbsp oil in pressure cooker and when hot add the seasonings to it along with chopped garlic. Now once these start to splutter add onions and saute them till they turn translucent. Now add tomato's to this and  continue to cook till you start to see the oil appear at the edges. Now add potato's and  mix thethe dry masala powder  with the tamarind pulp and add this to the tomato's & onions and cook till everything blends together well and evenly. Now add 1/2 a glass of water and pressure cook it for 4-5 minutes. Wait for  the steam  to release and take the lid off and garnish with chopped coriander before serving,I kept the gravy a little thick as I wanted to enjoy this with roti's.


  1. hey hi, first time here.. nice blog and congrats on the awards.. wish u many more...
    never tried a recipe with ajwain.. will try it soon..

  2. this is a good one--the colour n texture alls me out !

  3. This looks really delicious Kavita. I want to try it soon :)

  4. Looks delicious and flavourful K.

  5. I love potatoes too. What a lovely red colour of the curry.

  6. Never used ajwain before but this looks so delicious, what a great idea to whip this dish when you're out of other veggies..

  7. Love the color of the gravy,,I have never tried any such gravy flavored with ajwain..Will try out this delicious gravy soon!!

  8. Love the red color..looks so delicious and inviting, adding ajwain sounds superb.

  9. it is very rich n lovely kavitha...interesting recipe..
    Tasty appetite

  10. Kavita-Such a comforting and yummy dish. So unusual. Love the spices you used.
    Also, I love your stuffed portobello mushrooms, your cute Christmas decoration for your previous posts. You are so sweet and giving, also sharing.

  11. Woww Kavita, beautiful gravy dear, adding potatoes sounds absolutely delicious..thanks for trying..

  12. I bet this will go fantabulously well with hot poories..the color you got is gorgeous!!

    US Masala

  13. i am a big potato fan too :) the tomato lends a nice color to the gravy, looks perfect!


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