Thursday, February 7, 2008

Roasted Potato and Bell Pepper Poriyal/Masiyal

Sometimes I impress myself. This was a creation from a moment of inspiration. I was thinking of making a potato poriyal (side dish) when I realized that I had some bell peppers (capsicum) in the fridge. So, I thought, why don't I put them together? Then, it occurred to me that I could take it one step further... I could take baby potatoes, roast them in the oven, and then use them to create a new dish. The consistency was close to a masiyal, but not quite. Hence my ambivalence in naming it. Call it what you want!

The result? So good that my husband took one bite and said, "Are you going to blog this??!! You absolutely should!" And now, I share that awesome recipe with all of you. :)


Small red potatoes - about 8
Bell pepper - 1 medium, chopped
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Green chillies - 6-8, or to taste, chopped
Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp

For seasoning:

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig


1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Clean potatoes, drizzle them with a little oil and salt. I chose to leave the skins on the potatoes because they are tender, but you can peel them if you want.

2. Spread oiled potatoes on a cookie sheet/sheet pan and bake at 450 F for 40 minutes, turning once halfway through the cooking time.

3. Remove potatoes and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.

4. Using a fork or potato masher, lightly mash the potatoes. The goal is to break them up a bit, not turn them into mashed potatoes! Alternatively, you could chop the potatoes if you prefer a more uniform look or mash them if you want a more smooth texture.

5. Now, heat a pan with oil and do the seasoning. Add onions and bell peppers and fry for 3-4 minutes.

6. Then, add garlic and saute until onions are translucent. I like the bell peppers to be crisp but tender. If you want them softer, just cook it a bit longer.

7. At this point, add all of the masala powders and fry for a few seconds until the raw smell disappears.

8. Add the potatoes and required salt and stir gently to combine. Reduce the heat to low and leave it on the stove for 2-3 minutes for the flavors to combine.

9. Turn the heat off, adjust salt, and enjoy as a side dish with sambar, rasam, chappati, rotis, etc.

Hope you guys like this as much as we did. Am sending this to Sia (ode to potato event) of Monsoon Spice and Dhivya (potato feast event) of Culinary Bazaar as this is potato month!


DK said...

This is such a wonderful combo! Sometimes innovativeness bring such delight that we are surprised ourselves hehehe! Guess ur blogging spirit shows keeping ur husbands comment in mind. Mine does the same.. :) Luv it..

Luking fwd to your mail with the dets :)

Bharathy said...

The combo is interesting, Kalai!
A good change from the regular Uraulai kari!!Bell peppers add a unique flavour to any curry! :)
Truly deserves to be shared.Thank you :)

Bharathy said...

BTW Kalai..Slow down girl :) post each day!! Phew!!

Srivalli said...

sounds nice..will try it sometimes

Asha said...

Great combo!:))

Sagari said...

thats one of the comforting curry

Kalai said...

Divya, thanks so much! Will send you the email today. Glad your husband is like that too! :)

Bharathy: My thoughts exactly! It was a really awesome change and tasted sooooo good!!! Do try. As for the number of posts... I have a really bad memory. So, if I wait too long, I'll surely forget what I did!! :)

Srivalli, I'd love to hear how it comes out when you try it! :)

Ashakka: Thanks so much! :)

Sia said...

i am amazed at the creative of some bloggers and the dish they come up with. this recipe sounds quite simple yet lip smackingly delicious. thank you kalai for this wonderful entry:)

Kalai said...

Sagari, it is definitely comforting. Especially since it's so cold here these days!!

Sia, I agree that so many bloggers are so creative. I am so glad to have found so many treasures from all of you! This dish is definitely simple and definitely delicious! My pleasure to be able to contribute. :)

Uma said...

Good one. My fav. combo.

Happy cook said...

Delicious Combo

Kalai said...

Uma: Thanks so much! Pls do try it and let me know. :)

Happy Cook: Thanks for visiting! It is delicious! :)

DEEPA said...

very good one !!!

Laavanya said...

The roasting must've given the potatoes a great flavour. I like the combination of potatoes and bell peppers too... sounds tasty!

Kalai said...

Thanks, Deepa!!

Roasting gave it a really nice flavor, Laavanya! Trying potatoes and bell peppers together was a first for me, but one that I definitely plan to repeat! :)

bee said...

this does sound awesome. aren't your feeds appearing in taste of india?