Potato Roast is a spicy, delicious masala potato fry. This South Indian Style potato roast is gluten-free, vegan, and gets ready in less than 30 minutes. Be sure to watch the video!
The Baby Potato
In India, baby potatoes are packaged and sold by weight rather than in numbers, due to their small size. Choose ones that have smooth, unblemished skin and are quite firm to touch with no lesions or ‘eyes’ on them.
Unlike the regular size potatoes, they can be cooked in their jackets, without peeling or scraping the skins off.
Make sure to rinse them nicely in lukewarm salted water or with a teaspoon of baking soda to get rid of dirt and germs before cooking.
Albeit high in carbs, baby potatoes are loaded with fiber, an essential dietary ingredient for good digestion. Additionally, they help in lowering cholesterol so feel free to add them in moderate portions in your diet.
It pairs well for lunch or dinner with a fiery tomato rasam and steamed rice, as a side dish in a South Indian thali meal, or even with parathas for office lunchbox (Also Read: 16 Best Packed Lunchbox Ideas). I like it with my thayir sadam as well.
How To Bake
To bake Indian-style masala potatoes, mix the baby potatoes with the listed spices, and salt. Pour mustard oil and combine all the ingredients nicely to coat each potato with the masala marinade.
Spread the marinated baby potatoes on a sheet pan or tray
Bake in a preheated oven at 180-degree celsius till crisp from the outside. This usually takes 30 – 40 minutes depending on the size of the baby potatoes. Stir them halfway through baking time.
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Masala Baby Potato Roast
- Heavy Bottom Kadhai
- 1 kilogram baby potato, peeled
- 2 tablespoon coriander seeds (sabut dhaniya)
- 4 tablespoon mustard oil (sarson oil)
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
- 2 – 4 dry red chillies
- 1 teaspoon white urad dal
- 1 teaspoon chana dal (Bengal Gram)
- a pinch of asafoetida
- 10 – 12 fresh curry leaves
- Salt to taste
- ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- Dry roast the coriander seeds in a heavy bottom skillet till aromatic. It usually takes 1 – 2 minutes. Transfer them to a mortar and crush to a coarse powder using a pestle. Set aside.
- Next, heat mustard oil in the same skillet till it starts fuming. Reduce the heat to medium.
- Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chilies and fry till seeds start spluttering.
- Add lentils, curry leaves, and asafoetida. Fry the tempering for next 2 – 3 minutes.
- Now, add the baby potatoes, salt, spices, and coriander powder. Mix nicely to evenly coat each potato with the masala.
- Cover and cook over low heat till potatoes are crisp from outside and fully cooked from inside. Stir the potatoes once or twice during this process.
- Garnish with fresh curry leaves.
- Serve Potato Roast with rasam and rice for a delicious South Indian style lunch.
- You can use sesame oil or coconut oil as well instead of mustard oil.
- Peeling baby potatoes is optional. You can cook them with skin as well.
- A teaspoon of Chettinad masala can be added along with the other spices for an authentic flavor.
- Adjust the amount of dry red chilies as per your taste preference.