I had posted the potato song with coconut masala long ago. Somehow I never felt like posting this version. This is a must in all Konkani recipe sites/food blogs. I always thought, there is nothing important in this particular recipe which needs a separate post. What would you prepare if you are given onions, potatoes, chili powder, oil, tamarind and salt? Obviously even the person who don’t have a clue of cooking will come up with some similar dish :). Then you might ask, why am I posting it today? My answer would be, just try it yourself even though you have a refrigerator full of different vegetables, just ignore them for a moment and make this one. You will not regret it.
Song(in Konkani) is usually a very very spicy reddish colored dry side dish. One of my reader had left a nice comment when I posted the coconut version. As she says, when we eat this, you start to sing. You start to whistle since it is so spicy. Your eyes, nose, ears start watering :). I normally don’t make this dish so hot, since I can’t tolerate so much heat. But even after so much spice, it is a heavenly experience. You can reduce the amount of chilies to suit your taste. It goes very well with rice and daali thoy.
Traditionally red chilies and tamarind are ground and added to the potato mixture, but I prefer to use chili powder to save time.
2 large potatoes
3/4 cup chopped onions
1-2 tea spn coconut oil
1/2 tea spn tamarind extract or 3-4 pieces of tamarind
1-2 tea spn chili powder or 6-7 red chilies
All the measurements are approximate, use as much as required. So reduce it if required.
Boil and peel potatoes. Cut them into big pieces
If using red chilies, grind them with tamarind to a smooth paste. (If chili powder is used directly, mix it with tamarind juice).
Heat oil and fry onion till they are translucent. Add potatoes, salt, chili and tamarind paste. Mix well.
Serve hot with rice.
Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 15mins