Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pahari Aloo Palda - Himachal Pradesh Special

Himachal Pradesh is a state in North India with Jammu and Kashmir in north as border, Punjab in west and Haryana and Uttarakhand in the south east and by Tibet in the east.Obviously the cuisine of Himachal Pradesh has influence of Punjabi and Tibetan style of cooking. Himchal Pradesh people like very spicy food and the most important food is dal and rice.Rotis are made in daily basis, traditionally Himachali cuisine is dominated by wheat bread and red meat.However like the rest of North India, Himachali cuisine also goes for basic dishes like rice, lentil broth,dish of vegetables and rotis, eventhough they love to make thick, rich gravies with aromatic spices abundantly.Pahari cuisine is a part of Himachal Pradesh cuisine and its have it origin from the beautiful Kangra valley which is in Himalayas. Pahar means mountains and thus their cuisine is named as Pahari cuisine.Some of the popular dishes from this Pahari cuisine is Katta, Palda, Channa Madra,Tudkiya Bhath,Mungodi curry,pakodas etc.

I chosed this potatoes in yogurt gravy aka Aloo Palda from here, this dish goes for a yogurt based gravy and its one of the easiest and delicious gravy i have tasted till now. Potatoes cooked slowly in rice-yogurt gives this wonderful looking dish and the cooking process is very simple to make this dish very much quickly. I loved this dish thoroughly with rice served along with pickle and papads. A different gravy to cook and enjoy with rice definitely.


Recipe Source: The Food Fairy
2nos Potatoes (sliced lengthwise as fingers)
1/2cup Onion (sliced)
1no Black cardamom
1inch Cinnamon stick
5nos Cloves
1/2tsp Cumin seeds
a Pinch Asafoetida powder
2tsp Coriander powder
1/2tsp Turmeric powder
1/2tsp Garam masala powder
1tbsp Raw rice
2nos Green cardamoms
1cup Yogurt
Ghee or Oil

Grind the rice with green cardamoms as fine paste and keep aside.

Add 4cups of water to the yogurt, whisk it and keep aside.

Heat oil, fry the black cardamom, cinnamon stick,cloves, asafoetida powder, cumin seeds.

Add the onions and cook until they turns transculent.

Now add the coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala,salt.

Saute for few minutes, add the sliced potato finers, cook in medium flame until the potatoes are almost cooked.

Now add the grounded rice paste, whisked yogurt,keep stirring on medium flame until the gravy turns bit thick.

Serve hot.

34 comments:

Mitha Hegde said... Reply To This Comment

Love anything with Alu and this looks so delicious..Beautiful name too.. :)

Eliza Lincy said... Reply To This Comment

Any dish with aloo my hubbys favourite. This potato dish also looks rich and flavourful with the addition of raw garam masala spices.

Usha R said... Reply To This Comment

What an interesting and delicious curry !! I am sure this would taste amazing with some phulkas/ chapathis:)

Sathya Priya said... Reply To This Comment

Wonderful potato gravy .Look so yummy .easy to try and wonderful to have .

nandoos Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Kids love anything with potatoes here and this one would be a rockstar here. Will try this and let you know..

AparnaRajeshkumar said... Reply To This Comment

seen the recipe in BBc good food ... very nice one

Menaga sathia said... Reply To This Comment

Simple n interesting recipe,need to try it..Now i know all cuisine name from BM.planned to try some dish..Thxs gals!!

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said... Reply To This Comment

wow !! thats soo intetresting..loved th agrinding rice with cardamom part. sure this is soo flavourful !! (y)

Rafeeda AR said... Reply To This Comment

the curry look so flavorful...

pinksocks said... Reply To This Comment

My best friend is from HP, she makes the most awesome palda. Its a stunning dish.

Jayanthi Padmanabhan said... Reply To This Comment

looks fantastic. interesting enough to add to the regular menu. would definitely be a nice variation to the regular sambar, rasam we make at home.

Veena Theagarajan said... Reply To This Comment

interesting and tasty dish

Sona S said... Reply To This Comment

This looks really delicious..

Anu s kitchendelights said... Reply To This Comment

Looks interesting to know new recipes..potato curry looks great.

Shama Nagarajan said... Reply To This Comment

yummy preparation dear

Nivedhanams Sowmya said... Reply To This Comment

Simple and elegant.. love this have this delicious one with roti

Magees kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

A plate of rice with pappad and this Gravy is enough for me

Beulah Arun said... Reply To This Comment

Looks awesome! So flavorful!

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

Simple, yet flavorful dish...and sad always you have mastered it..looks tempting.

Sanoli Ghosh said... Reply To This Comment

very interesting and adorable potato curry. Yummy and delicious!

Usha Rao said... Reply To This Comment

Preparation looks a lot similar to madra but with potatoes. And this has onions. Have to try palda

Pavani N said... Reply To This Comment

That is a yummy looking dish..

Varadas Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

We all love coconut based gravy. I must try this dish. It has turned out great.

Suma Gandlur said... Reply To This Comment

Looks very colorful. I was contemplating to go with this or madra and picked the latter.

The Pumpkin Farm said... Reply To This Comment

palda is a nice name for the curry and the tangy taste seems tempting, good one

radha said... Reply To This Comment

As you say, a different gravy, and differently sliced potato - like fries - will make it sometime.

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

Simple yet super inviting gravy...

Amarendra said... Reply To This Comment

Loved this Aloo curry. Looks very tempting.

Harini-Jaya R said... Reply To This Comment

Good one. I should try this yogurt based gravy for my kids!

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

Another interesting gravy Priya..looks so inviting..I like the way you have chopped the aloos as fingers very nice..:)

Archana Potdar said... Reply To This Comment

Priya I want this gravy it looked so delicious I want it.

anubhavati said... Reply To This Comment

Nice gravy Priya. I think the grinding of the green cardamom and the raw ricce will give this gravy a lot of body! Lovely color!

Shobha

Padmajha PJ said... Reply To This Comment

Same pinch Priya! I made this too.And I loved it!

Manjula Bharath said... Reply To This Comment

potatoes in yogurt gravy looks lip smacking aks :) they are tempting me badly .. I wud love to finish them with phulkas :)