If you never make a curry dishes before, the thought of whipping one up from your own can be a little intimidating, especially when it comes to the spices used in the curry. There are probably over hundreds different varieties of curries around the world. The kinda spices used in each of the curry may be slightly different here and there. For example in Indonesia, we use spices and herbs like turmeric, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, curry leaves, sometimes cardamom, etc. I’ve seen several different curry recipes from different countries and one ingredient I found in commonly used in mostly all curries is turmeric. Turmeric gives the curry a nice yellowish/orange color and usually a little goes a long way too.
When I made this curry, I kinda fusing Indonesian and Indian curry together and somehow simplify the ingredients so that everyone who want to try this hot potato curry, can. I grew up with “Indonesian taste bud” (if I may say so) and I love Indian curry at the same time. So, here it is 🙂 We love it!
- 1 1/2 lbs of potatoes (peeled and cut into large cubes. You can leave the skin on too if you prefer)
- 1 large onion (diced)
- 3 cloves garlic (finely minced)
- 1 Tbsp fresh ginger (finely minced)
- 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
- 5 green chili peppers (leave them whole)
- 1 tsp of mustard seeds
- 1/4 cup of loosely pack curry leaves (optional)
- 1/4 cup of water (more if you like the curry for saucy)
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro (finely chopped)
- 2 Tbsp of grape seeds oil or oil of your choice
Preheat a large skillet, add in oil. Add in the mustard seeds, and fry for about 30 seconds. The mustard seeds will splitter splatter in there, so don't panic. The seeds will turn dark brown. Add in garlic, ginger, and onion. Saute until the onion is really soft, about 3 minutes or so. Add in the green chili peppers and turmeric powder and saute for another 1 minute. Add in the potatoes and stir to mix everything. Add in about 1/4 cup of water (or more if you want it more saucy) and bring to a boil and then cover and lower the heat to let the potatoes cooked for about 30 minutes. The potatoes should be soft but not to the point of too mushy
Uncover, and have a taste, add salt to taste. Add in the curry leaves and stir to mix everything. Turn off the heat. Sprinkle with the chopped fresh cilantro and serve immediately