Aloo Achar (Potato Salad) - yumm! It's so delicious that whenever you think of it, you want to make it in order to fill your craving! Also, it is one of the dish that you have during festivals but again it's one of the staple dish when you think of having chuira (pronounced as "chyu-raa") or beaten rice. The recipe is same as that of Karela Achar (Bitterground Pickle) as listed in my last blog post. The only difference would be Cucumbers instead of Karela. Most people have their own way of making this dish. If you have carrots and radishes or Daikon, you can use them as well. If you do not have small Kerau, you can use frozen peas as well. In this case, I forgot to soak Small Kerau overnight, so have used frozen peas. Below is the recipe and I hope you will like it!
Makes about 6 - 8 servings
Pickled/Baby Cucumbers - 3
Potatoes - 3
Chopped Red Onions - 1/4 cup
Frozen Peas - 1/4 cup (thaw)
Lime - 1/2
Brown Sesame Seed powder - 3 tbsp
Mustard Oil - 2 tbsp
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Salt and Chili powder to taste
Turmeric Powder for taste and color
Cilantro to garnish
Add water as needed
Optional: Green chilies if you like it hot.
Steps to follow
Boil potatoes until they are cooked. Then, cut them into bite-size halves as you would for Karela Aloo Achar. Quick Tip: When you boil potatoes in a pressure cooker or in a saucepan or microwave, sprinkle some salt so the salt goes into when it's cooked. Dice cucumbers as well. In a bowl, add the boiled potatoes, cucumbers, 1/4 cup chopped red onions, 1/4 cup frozen peas (thawed) and sprinkle some chopped cilantro.
Add Boiled Potatoes, Cucumbers, Peas and Onions
In the meantime, heat the 3 tbsp mustard oil on a medium heat and add fenugreek seeds until it turns dark in color.
Fenugreek seeds on heated oil
When the seeds turn black in color, remove from the heat.
Remove darkened seeds from the heat
While the oil is being heated, add 3 tbsp Brown Sesame Seed Powder to the mixture along with spices such as salt and chili powder to taste. Squeeze lime to the mixture. Add turmeric powder on the top so you can pour the heated oil on top of it so you get the taste and color for the dish. Pour on top of the mixture.
Add spices and heated oil onto the mixture
Mix well. Add water as needed.
Quick Tip: You may serve it immediately once ready but for better results, you may want to place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour so the spices can blend for that delicious spicy taste.
Aloo Achar is now ready to be served with Roti or Beaten Rice or Chips or even Rice! Enjoy!