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Potato Raita

December 30, 2011

 The potatoes are getting slightly ropey now and I’m having to cut more bits off, but I had boiled some which I was going to mash because Jeaniegran (who’s staying with us for the festive season) said she hadn’t had a mashed potato for ages – years possibly (doesn’t seem feasible to us in this household, but there you go).

However, I was looking in the fridge for some butter to mash with the potatoes and I found some yogurt which really needed eating: the idea of a potato raita was born. I don’t know if this dish existed before, but it does now.
Put some cooked, chopped potatoes in a bowl and add some salt.  Take a teaspoon each of cayenne pepper, yellow mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin seeds and dried mint and fry these up in about a tablespoon of oil. After a few minutes add some yogurt – about a quarter of a pint (5fl oz in England) maybe a little more, mix it up, remove from the heat and and pour over the potatoes. Mix together.
I had intended to refrigerate it, but the spicy smells had enticed the beloved into the kitchen.  He was quite excited by this potato raita, took the bowl (I quickly took a photo) and sat down with a spoon – said it was delicious, fantastic, really good (his powers of description faltered a little) transported him back to sitting at a street cafe beside the beach in Gokarna – the mustard seeds popped pleasingly in his mouth, the cumin seeds did too and the mint added a tough of exotica. Nuff said!
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