Recently, I was reading an article about American Chefs having discovered Mustard Oil as a finishing oil in salads. It was a deja vu moment as it transported me to a time when I was a kid and used to love a dish hugely popular in Eastern India called ‘Aloo ka Chaukha’ which literally translates into ‘Potato Mash’ – go figure 🙂
If mustard oil is a heretofore unheard of ingredient, refer to my previous post – ‘Mustard Seeds, Mustard Oil and more…‘
Here goes…mashed potatoes aka ‘aloo ka chaukha’. Listening to one of my favorite Holiday classics, Santa Baby , Taylor Swift’s version as I whip up this delectable dish – perfect countdown to my son’s favorite day of the year 🙂
- Idaho Potatoes: 2
- Red Onion: 1
- Mustard Seed Oil: 1 tbsp
- Oil: 1 tbsp
- Dried Red Chilli: 1 (totally optional)
- Salt to taste
- Boil and peel the potatoes. Transfer it to a large container ensuring that there is no moisture from the water used to cook the potatoes.
- Roughly mash the potatoes with a fork or masher. Dont mash it too smooth because this type of mashed potatoes is best enjoyed rustic 🙂
- Heat 1 tbsp of any AF (Allergy Friendly) oil in a small saucepan. Dice the onions and saute it in the heated oil till it becomes translucent. Add it to the mashed potatoes.
- Now with a pair of Chef Metal Pincers, hold the stalk of the red chilli and roast it over the stove fire.
- Add the roasted red chilli to the mashed potatoes. Remove the stalk and crush the chilli in the bowl.
- Now, add the mustard oil and salt. Mash it all together – potatoes, onions and the crushed red chilli. Voila – gourmet mashed potatoes are all set to add to your table decor 🙂
- If mustard oil is not something you fancy, use any allergy friendly oil.
- Skip the red chilli if it is too much heat to handle!
- On the other hand, if you want to up the heat quotient saute 1 thinly sliced fresh jalapeno pepper or green chilli with the onions before adding to the potatoes.
- Use raw, diced onion instead of sauteed onions – of course, ensure that you dont have a hot date just after that 🙂