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Spicy Potatoes

Notes: Start preparing these sweet-hot garlicky potatoes from expert Indian cook Hema Alur-Kundargi (through step 2) about 2 hours ahead so they can marinate in the sauce. Scoop the potatoes into the chapatis or whole-wheat tortillas to eat like burritos; for appetizer portions, cut the bread into wedges and use them to scoop up the potatoes.

Sunset OCTOBER 2003

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings


  • 2 pounds thin-skinned potatoes
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon pav-bhaji masala, purchased or homemade (recipe below)
  • Salt
  • Indian red chili powder or cayenne
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 chapatis or whole-wheat tortillas (7 in.)


1. Peel potatoes and cut into 3/4-inch chunks. In a 3- to 4-quart pan over high heat, bring 1 quart water and the potatoes to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until potatoes are almost tender when pierced, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain and return to pan.

2. Meanwhile, in a 6- to 8-inch frying pan over medium heat, stir garlic in oil until it begins to turn golden, about 2 minutes. Add ketchup, pav-bhaji masala, and salt and chili powder to taste. Add the seasoned ketchup to potatoes and mix to coat. Cover and let stand about 1 1/2 hours.

3. Pour potatoes into a 10- by 15-inch nonstick baking pan. Bake in a 375° regular or convection oven, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender when pierced, 10 to 15 minutes. Scrape into a bowl and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with chapatis.

Pav-bhaji masala: In a small bowl, mix 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, and 1/4 teaspoon each ground cardamom and ground pepper.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 292
  • Calories from fat: 19%
  • Protein: 6.9g
  • Fat: 6.2g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 54g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Sodium: 744mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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Spicy Potatoes Recipe