Give your regular mashed potato recipe an Indian twist with this spicy mashed potato recipe. Boiled potatoes are mashed together with a spicy mustard oil tempering in this traditional recipe.
I am so glad I discovered this Manipuri Aloo Kangmet recipe through a bloggers’ challenge. I love potatoes and I love to explore new recipes celebrating this humble vegetable. Till I made this one, my go-to recipe for a dry potato side was this easy potato fry recipe. And now it’s both of these recipes :-).
The recipe is super simple with just 6 ingredients. I loved the smoky mustard oil taste and also that of fresh chives. In Manipuri cuisine, they use a lot of red chilies. I used only half of what I was told by a friend whom I called for the recipe and it was right at the top edge of my heat tolerance. So adjust the chilies according to your taste.
This month our Indian food bloggers group, “Shhh… Cooking Secretly”, chose the Northeast State of Manipur to explore and blog about. Manipuri cuisine is pre-dominantly non-vegetarian with a lot of fish preparations so I was a bit concerned if I will be able to find a vegan or vegetarian dish. But I needn’t have worried at all. In India, we love our potatoes and every cuisine and every region is sure to have a traditional potato recipe.
The purpose of the group is to have some fun while exploring new cuisines and blogging. Every month, two partners are paired and based on the monthly theme they give each other two secret ingredients to cook with. This month, I’m paired with Veena who blogs at Veena’s Veg Nation.
Vegetarian Food in Manipuri Cuisine
Manipuri cuisine has so many fresh green vegetables, root vegetables and aromatic herbs that vegetarians can easily thrive. The ingredients are very similar to those found in SouthEast, East, and Central Asian cuisine like Chinese chives (naakuppi), Vietnamese Coriander (phakpai), Lemon Basil (Mayang-ton) and water spinach (morning glory or kolamni).
Common vegetarian dishes include Chamthong or Kangshoi which is a stew of seasonal vegetables; kaang-hu which is a vegetable stir-fry; chutneys; sana thongba is a Manipuri paneer or cottage cheese dish, a-nganba which is steamed root vegetables and beans and aloo kangmet which is this recipe of spicy mashed potato. The traditional dessert is a rice pudding made with black sticky rice.
After reading so much about Manipuri Cuisine, I can’t wait to travel to this beautiful State! The cooking oil is mostly mustard oil and they use a lot of red chilies in most recipes. And these were the two secret ingredients that Veena gave me to cook with. When I saw the aloo
Indian Spicy Mashed Potatoes | Manipuri Aloo Kangmet
Ingredients (1cup = 240ml; 1tbsp = 15ml; 1tsp = 5ml)
- 3 Potatoes
- 2 tbsp mustard oil cold pressed
- 1 onion
- 4 dried red chilies or as per your taste
- Salt to taste
- In a deep pan, bring 1-liter water to boil.
- Wash, peel, and chop the potatoes into small chunks.
- Add the potatoes along with some salt to the boiling water. Cover and let cook.
- Meanwhile, chop the onions and chives.
- Check the potatoes by poking with a fork, if they break, then the potatoes are done. Drain and mash with a potato masher or with a fork. Keep aside.*
- Heat mustard oil in another pan. When the oil is hot, add the dried red chilies. Sauté for 30 seconds. Remove on a kitchen towel.
- In the same oil, now add the chopped onions. Sauté for a minute till they start to soften.
- Add salt and chives. Mix and sauté for another minute remove from heat.
- Coarsely crush the roasted red chilies in a mortar-pestle and add to the mashed potatoes.
- Add the onions and chives mix also to the mashed potatoes. Mash with the potato masher or with a spoon to mix everything properly.
- Empty into serving bowl and garnish with some finely chopped fresh chives.
- To make this recipe creamier, you can add some of the stock from draining the potatoes to the boiled potatoes while mashing.
- Nutritional Information is approximate information for 1 serving.
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