Friday, August 14, 2015

Tama Aloo (Bamboo Shoot and Potato Curry)

Introduction

Tama Aloo - one of my favorite dishes. I used to like while I was a kid, and I still do. Also, this is one of the dish I sure do make it yummy. Well, most of the times it works well. Anyways, back home, tama aloo is always there as one more dish during the feast. In our house, it used to be always there no matter if you have a feast or not, and I am sure that might be one of the reasons why I like it so much. The spicy and sour taste kicks in really well whether you serve just Tama Aloo or with beaten rice or even rice.

Makes about 8 - 10 servings
Tama Aloo

Ingredients Needed

  • Rajma - 1/2 cup
  • Chana - 1/2 cup
  • Black eyed peas - 1/2 cup
  • Small Red Potatoes - 2
  • Red Onions - 1 cup
  • Water - 3 cups
  • Tama (Sour Bamboo Shoot) - 2 cups
  • Urad Daal (Kalo Daal) - 1/3 cup
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt and Chili Powder to taste
  • Cumin Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Vegetable Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger Paste: 2 tsp
  • Garlic Cloves Chopped: 3 cloves
  • Roma Tomatoes Chopped - 2
Optional: You can add lemon as per your taste

Steps to follow

Soak Rajma, Chana and Black eyed Peas overnight.
Soaked mixed beans - also mix potatoes into it
In a pressure cooker, heat oil on a medium heat. Add fenugreek seeds onto it.
Heat fenugreek seeds into vegetable oil
When the seeds turn dark in color, add Urad or Maas or Kalo Daal into it.
Fry Urad Daal
After 2-3 minutes, add onions and stir until it's light brown in color.
Add onions
Then add all beans and potatoes.
Add beans and potatoes
Cook for few minutes and then add all spices and ginger paste.
Add Ginger Paste and all other spices
Cook for 5 minutes and then add water.

Also, add chopped garlic to the mixture.
Chopped Garlic
Cover with a lid and bring about 6 to 7 whistles. Turn off the heat and let it stand for few minutes. 

Open the lid of the pressure cooker. Turn on the heat. Add tama (sour bamboo shoot) and tomatoes and bring to a boil. You may want to add water from Tama's bottle which has sour taste where you would not need to add a lemon to bring that sour taste. Add about 2 - 3 tbsp.
Add bamboo shoot
Then add tomatoes
Lower the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and the Tama Aloo with mixed beans is ready to be served.

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