Absolutely honored and delighted that Allergy Foodie came in 2nd in the search for the ‘Top 25 Food Allergy Mom Blogs’ organized by ‘Circle of Moms’ (a network of 6 million mothers). A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all my supporters who continued to vote over such an extended period – the contest lasted a little over 3 weeks! This event has fuelled my passion further to make the world a safe, fun and empowering one for all those with life-threatening food allergies including my child. A world where no child with food allergies has to fear that some mean kid may put peanut butter in his lunch box and has hope for a better tomorrow in terms of cure and more. Am I envisioning utopia? Maybe, but every big thing starts off with an impossible dream.
The words of Tagore – a poet and Nobel laureate come to mind:
‘Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free…
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action…’
So, this post is by way of my Thanksgiving for the opportunity to get my voice heard and features one of my all-time favorite comfort foods growing up – ‘crispy, diced potatoes’. Yup – potatoes are one my favorite vegetables if you can call it that 😉
Crispy Diced Potatoes
- 6 medium-sized Potatoes (preferably Yukon gold)
- Oil: 1 tablespoon
- Mustard seeds: 1/4 teaspoon (optional)
- Turmeric: 1/2 teaspoon
- Paprika: 1 teaspoon
- Salt to taste
- Peel the potatoes and wash thoroughly.
- Cut into small 1/2 inch cubes as follows:
- This is how the cubed potatoes look – arent they cute? 🙂
- Heat the oil in a dry heavy bottomed wide vessel on low to medium flame.
- When the oil is hot add the mustard seeds carefully. You will hear a mild popping sound as the mustard seeds heat up.
- As the popping slows dows (much like while popping corn) add the potatoes and the turmeric powder.
- Stir thoroughly so that the cute cubed potatoes are evenly coated with turmeric. Cook covered and stir every 3-4 minutes.
- In about 20 – 25 mintues (depending on the type of potato) it will be almost cooked. Add the paprika powder or chilli powder ( if you like to turn up the heat) and salt.
- Stir well and continue cooking uncovered for to the desired level of crispiness…
- Serve as a part of the Thanksgiving side dish spread. Alternatively, it can be servved as an appetizer atop a crouton, cracker, bread or tortilla. Of course, ensure that whatever it is served with is AF (Allergy Friendly)!As
A word of caution – there is probably no food out there that is hypoallergenic in the true sense of the word. So, people could be allergic to potaotes too though the incidence of it is far lower than the top 8 food allergens as of today.