O Potato!

If you do not love potatoes we cannot be friends. There, I said it!

Seriously though, how can one not love this versatile vegetable? Boil it, roast it, fry it, mash it; the possibilities are endless with this starchy fella.

Potatoes are a staple here in our meals as they can be served any time, anyway. One of my favorite snacks to make with them is Maru bhajia (I use this lovely recipe from Fauzia’s kitchen), and packed potatoes also known as “viazi Karai” in Kenya. They are not the healthiest but a great way to indulge your fried food craving when it strikes.

Fun fact: Potatoes are called ‘Irish’ by many in Uganda- it took time for me to get used to it.

Peel and chop your potatoes about a kg of them. Boil for ten minutes in salted water till cooked but still firm, set aside to cool. You can add some garlic powder to the water for flavour.
In a bowl, mix one clove crushed garlic, 1 tbsp garam masala, 1 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, salt and black pepper to taste. I added a little grated onion.
Add a cup of gram flour to the bowl, some water and two tablespoons of chopped coriander. Mix well into a thickish consistency, not too thick though, more like a low fat yoghurt πŸ™‚
Add your now cooled potatoes to the mixture and mix gently. Heat oil in a deep pan or your deep fryer and fry until a nice golden colour, but not too dark.
Don’t they look lovely?
Let them drain on a paper towel. Then serve with chutney of choice, or ketchup, salsa, whatever you fancy. I like squeezing lemon on mine. Nothing more.
They make a lovely tea time snack too; going down well with some spicy tea.

Try them and enjoy as you listen to this lovely ode to the wonderful potato. Yes, it’s The potato song. And don’t worry, we can still be friends even if you do not like potatoes πŸ™‚

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