This dish is one of my favorites for the regular chapatti veg combo. Winter time, who really wants to go for salads??? Piping hot curries with some Indian flat breads like chapatti or phulka or fried bread like puris are just perfect to warm up your cold days. Of course, as I’ve mentioned several times, that moderation in everything, is what I believe, and what will sustain. But to be honest, the climate change, especially chilly nights and cold windy days puts you in a mood to indulge in something spicy, steaming hot and utterly flavorsome.
This potato dish is a common food found in Delhi. A simple easy to make dish, the only drawback I see is the usage of oil in a pretty good amount for stir frying the potato. Brimming with bout of onions and fresh coriander when infused with hearty potatoes imparts a flavor which is perfect accompaniment for the chapathis and cold wintery nights. Cilantro or fresh coriander is a herb which kick starts my senses to a state of trance. This wonderful herb or condiment not only imparts aroma for your food but is also fully loaded with nutrients especially proteins.
This Mediterranean herb forms a part of savory dishes both in modern as well as traditional cuisines. Ancient Greeks used cilantro essential oil as an ingredient in perfumes whereas the Romans used this herb to mask the smell of rotten meat. Apart from its culinary uses, it has been found to possess certain notable plant derived chemical compounds which have disease preventing and health promoting properties. The leaves, roots and stems of cilantro plant have been found to have antiseptic and carminative properties.
Cilantro herb is very low in calories and contains no cholesterol. However, its deep-green leaves possess good amounts of antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which may help reduce LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood. The herb is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is essential for red blood cell production. The human body uses manganese as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. In addition to its fresh and aromatic flavour, cilantro is rich in vital vitamins and antioxidants like beta-carotene, vitamin C and folates.
A natural deodorant, cilantro acts as a natural internal deodorant as it contains a large amount of chlorophyll that can detox the body from the inside out. By flushing out toxins from the liver, kidney and digestive tract, it helps to remove excess bacteria from the body that would otherwise set out and accumulate in your armpits and feet. Chlorophyll can inhibit bacteria due to its high oxygen content and therefore, this herb helps your body deodorize and smell great.
It is rich in iron which is beneficial for people with lower haemoglobin levels and cures anaemia. Magnesium, on the other hand, facilitates proper functioning of the nervous system and strengthens the bones. Chewing of raw cilantro leaves is helpful for people suffering from bronchitis and asthma. The oil extracted from cilantro has antiseptic properties that help in curing mouth ulcers.
We all long for a healthy glowing skin and it is a well-known fact that skin health depends upon internal health to a great extent. Just like the rest of the body, our skin also needs proper nutrition to maintain its health and minimize skin problems. For this purpose, it is important to maintain a balanced diet. Besides, certain external factors also adversely affect our skin such as exposure to UV rays, harsh chemical treatments, prolonged illness etc. As far as cilantro is concerned, it can be beneficial in skincare as it contains certain vital nutrients and minerals that are needed for a healthy skin.
Finally hair loss and hair fall are the most common problem faced by everyone in todays world. This wonderful herb can help you with this issue also. Cilantro juice is a wonderful remedy for promoting new hair growth and combating hair loss as it contains essential vitamins and proteins which help in hair growth. You can make a paste from fresh cilantro leaves using few drops of water and extracting its juice. Apply this on your scalp for an hour before shampooing. This pack should be used twice a week for 2 to 3 weeks to get effective results. Alternatively, you can infuse your hair oil with a powder made from cilantro seeds while massaging your hair. You can also prepare a hair rinse by boiling a bunch of cilantro leaves in water and cooling it.
Coming back to this dish, I simply love the overpowering taste of coriander in this dish. Onion and cilantro in large proportion and rest of the ingredients, ginger, garlic , chillies, pepper and cumin, all should be in mild flavor. We should not be able to identify what exactly has gone into this. This is a dish which you can whip up in minutes. The regular or original recipe is made in generous of amount of oil which imparts super taste. But I reduce oil and add a splash of water for cooking the potatoes. Cumin powder is also optional. I added cumin as I got a feeling of that “missing something” and ginger was a bit on higher side as I chopped and added it. Its always better to crush the ginger and garlic for this recipe.
Peel, wash and cube the potatoes. Chop the onions finely. Crush the ginger garlic. Chop the chillies and coriander leaves.
Heat a pan with generous amount of oil. Add the onion and saute for a minute. Add the green chillies and ginger garlic. Continue to saute till all these turn tender.
Add the potatoes and fry for a minute on high flame. Add the turmeric and give a thorough mix.
Reduce the flame to medium and allow to cook the potatoes till half done.
Add salt and cilantro and incorporate well. Stick back the lid on and cook till done.
Sprinkle the pepper and cumin and give a mix. Add a dash of ghee. Put back the lid on and keep on low flame for a minute and switch off the stove.
Serve hot after a couple of minutes.