Benarasi bharwan aloo

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Old 18-Sep-2011
Benarasi bharwan aloo

Stuffed potatoes Benarasi style
Preparation Time : 30-40 minutes
Cooking Time : 10-15 minutes
Servings : 4
Potatoes 20-25 medium

Cottage cheese (paneer), grated 100 grams

Fennel seeds (saunf) 1 teaspoon

Oil 2 tablespoons + to deep fry

Fresh coriander leaves, chopped 2 tablespoons

Green chillies, chopped 4

Raisins 10

Cashewnuts, chopped 10

Salt to taste

Asafoetida a pinch

Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

Ginger, grated 1 inch piece

Tomato puree 2 cups

Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

Tamarind pulp 1 1/2 tablespoons

Dry mango powder (amchur) 1/2 teaspoon

Jaggery (gur), grated 1/2 cup

Fresh cream 2 tablespoons

Peel and halve potatoes. Wipe dry. Dry roast fennel seeds and crush slightly. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry potatoes till they are golden brown. Drain onto an absorbent paper and set aside to cool. Scoop out the middle of each half potato. Chop the scooped out portion of the potatoes. Add paneer, coriander leaves, green chillies, raisins, cashewnuts and salt. Mix well. Stuffed the scooped out potato halves with this filling. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a kadai. Add asafoetida, roasted fennel seeds, cumin seeds, ginger and sauté. Add tomato puree and mix well. Add turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Add half a cup of water and cook for three to four minutes. Add tamarind pulp and stir. Add amchur powder, grated jaggery and salt to taste. Add stuffed potatoes to this gravy and cook on low heat for three to four minutes. Add fresh cream and stir gently. Cook till the gravy is reduced slightly. Serve hot.

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