Balti is a Hindi term which refers to a steel or an iron pot in which the food is cooked. It is supposed to bring out the flavor of the food. Now, where can I look for a Balti pot in USA? I used my usual non-stick cooking pan.
Balti potatoes is a dish born solely for potato lovers. Sliced potatoes cooked in oil with minimal seasonings, onion, green chilli and garlic. Simple dish to be served with any slightly heavy curry.
You can make it without all the dry spices for kids.
Ingredients (serves 4 as a side dish)
6 medium potatoes, scrubbed and eyes removed
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
6 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced lengthwise
1 green chilli, sliced
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
4 small dried chillies
2 tbsp. canola oil
Salt to season
extra coriander leaves for garnish
Heat a big pot and pour in the oil.
Add all the dry spices and when it starts to splutter, add in the sliced onion
When slightly browned, add in the sliced garlic and green chilli.
When the garlic starts to brown too, add the sliced potatoes and the chopped coriander leaves. Season with salt.
Let the potatoes cook for 10-15 mins on medium heat. Be careful as the potato slices may stick to the pot. You need to gently stir till all the slices are cooked.
Serve warm with extra coriander leaves.