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Potatoes Cooked With Garlic And Sesame Seeds

Cuisine: Indian
Type: Vegetables
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

2 lbs 908g / 32ozMedium-sized boiling potatoes
5 tablespoons 75mlVegetable oil
1 tablespoon 15mlSesame seeds
3   Good-sized cloves garlic - peeled and slivered
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlGround turmeric
1/8 teaspoon 0.6mlGround asafetida
1 teaspoon 5mlSalt
1/8 teaspoon 0.6mlCayenne pepper - optional

Recipe Instructions

Peel the potatoes and cut into fingers ("French fries"), 1/3- to 1/2-inch thick. Put fingers into a bowl of cold water for half an hour or more. Drain and wipe dry.

Heat the oil in an 8- to 9-inch skillet [or wok] over a medium flame. When it is hot, put in the potatoes and cook them, turning once or twice, for 8 to 10 minutes. The potatoes should be partially cooked and not browned. Remove potatoes with a slotted spoon to a plate and set aside.

Put the sesame seeds into the same skillet. Stir once. Now add the slivers of garlic, continuing to stir and fry over a medium flame. When the garlic begins to turn brown [the browning happens quickly], put in the turmeric and asafetida. Stir once.

Now quickly add the half-cooked potatoes, salt, and cayenne. Stir again. Cover. Turn heat to low and cook gently until potatoes are done. Stir frequently.

NOTE: Gujarati French fries.

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