Monday, September 07, 2009

Samosa-Spiced Mashed Potatoes

Don't let the long list of ingredients intimidate you- this recipe is as easy as it is delicious. It's a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes, or whip up a fresh batch just for this recipe. Serve as a starchy side to Indian or Middle-Eastern main dishes. Especially good with Country Captain Chicken, or Garam Masala Lamb Chops.

3C hot mashed potatoes
¾ C cooked green peas (optional)
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 med onion, peeled & finely chopped
1 clove garlic
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 ½-in. piece fresh ginger root, peeled & finely minced or grated
½ tsp tumeric
½ tsp garam masala
½ tsp salt
2 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp coriander

Prepare the mashed potatoes and peas; set aside to keep hot. Measure and combine the spices in a small bowl or ramekin. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion, garlic & spices. Cook gently 5 minutes or until onions and garlic are soft and clear, and just beginning to brown. Add mashed potatoes and peas, then stir in lemon juice. Mix well, remove from heat, and serve.

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