Thursday, December 17, 2009

Spicy Tamarind Potatoes

I love potato dishes. Any kind. They are versatile and comforting, and they rank as one of the must-have food items I cannot live without. The others are eggs, rice, sambal and tea. What are yours? :)

So far, I have shared the following potato dishes:

- Begedils (Potato Patties)
- Panfried Rosemary Potatoes
- Cheese, Onion & Potato Pie
- Potato and Cheese Frittata
- Garlicky Oven Wedges

Today, I'm adding one more to the list, and I am quite certain you will love it as much as I do.



Spicy Tamarind Potatoes! Seriously addictive and extremely delish. I usually pair them with a veggie dish whenever I crave a light, meatless meal.

They may look unexciting, but these are potato cubes perfumed by the mingled flavours of shallots, garlic and chilli till they are crisp on the edges. And just before serving, doused with a cocktail of tamarind water, palm sugar and kecap manis. Spicy, sweet, tangy. Sounds good already? ;) (Read on for the recipe if you don't have some of these ingredients).

Oh, come to think of it, if you like the tamarind gravy I shared in Son-in-law Eggs, you will like this. You reading this, Dave? ;)



Recipe
(ermm ... improvised after watching, talking and learning from so many people)
- 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into even-sized cubes
- 1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cloves shallots, sliced thinly
- 1 chilli, de-seeded (if you like it spicy, don't de-seed)

For the sauce (mix all these up)
- 1 tbsp tamarind pulp (aka Assam), mixed with 3tbsp water
* Strain the mixture to remove the seeds. If you don't have tamarind pulp, use 2tbsp lemon or lime juice.

- 2 tbsp kecap manis (aka Indonesian soy sauce)
* You can substitute with thick, dark soy.

- 1 knob palm sugar (aka gula melaka or jaggery)
* You can substitute this with 1 tbsp regular sugar if you don't have this.

The idea is to concoct a sauce that is sweet and tangy. Do note that this dish has very little sauce - just enough to coat the potato cubes. Taste test as you go. If you like it sweeter, add more sugar. If you like it more tangy, add more tamarind (lemon juice). Common sense, yeah?

1. In a skillet, panfry potato cubes in oil till they are half cooked.

2. Add in garlic, shallots and chilli and continue frying till the shallots have softened and the potato cubes have crisp edges. Make sure your flame is not too big.

3. Just before dishing them out, pour in the tamarind mixture and stirfry to coat all the potato cubes evenly. Allow the gravy to bubble and thicken slightly. Taste test - you may like to add some salt. Sprinkle finely chopped spring onions (the green part) for some colour, if you like.

4. Serve immediately.

49 comments:

  1. Looks and sounds nice Ju! I like anything with palm sugar and tamarind in it. Your hubby is probably the luckiest bloke alive!

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  2. wow wow! They look beyond delicious! You have made me even crave for the potatoes!

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  3. I can imagine the taste, sweet and sour, this is a very good combination, yum!!

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  4. I adore potatoes also. Consider me sold!! This looks seriously mouthwatering. You managed to capture the crispiness in your photos, nice. Comfort foods? Potatoes for sure, pizza, grilled cheese, tomato soup. Hmmm, that's a lot of cheese.

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  5. Wow! Looks and sounds so mouthwatering! Will you send some my way??

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  6. those potatoes look amazing!! I could eat my screen right now!!

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  7. Oooh! This does look tasty (& easy!) I have a jar of tamarind pulp in my cupbaord & I forgot what I bought it for. Maybe for this? ;-)

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  8. OK, I give in to the temptation now ... I personally don't eat much potatoes ... But, the use of ingredients and combo of flavors from its use ... are just too good to resist!!

    Pei-Lin

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  9. This looks very delicious. I don't mind being avegetarian with this dish...haha. I love the kicap manis...it makes every dish nice, especially in fried noodles. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. we've never seen potatoes prepared this way, but it looks mouthwatering!

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  11. These do look amazing! My husband loves potatoes and spicy. These would be right up his alley! :D

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  12. The potatoes look sticky, sweet, sour, yummy, yummy yummy all at the same time! I don't know why I rarely see potatoes used in Asian cuisine - it's a great change. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. YOU BET i AM READING... GOT THIS BOOKMARKED AND WILL BE GIVING IT A SHOT SOON.

    Couple odd ingredients I have to hunt down, but that will be half the fun

    And GREAT pictures

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  14. Look fantastically yummy! Never made potatoes this way! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Ooh I can imagine these are over the top..We like tamarind Jacques even bought preserved/sugared tamarind the day before yesterday..I will show him your potatoes..I am a carboholic..not chocoholic..These would please me:)

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  16. Love the photos....Would never have thought of tamarind and potatoes...

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  17. I love potatoes. I can imagine the taste of this dish. Spicy, sweet and tangy.

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  18. That looks so good. I love tamarind.

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  19. Love tamarind, love potatos.... love that picture... you could just reach out and grab one... thanks for a great post!

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  20. That's all I need with a big bowl of rice, opps carb on carb ! :)

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  21. Lovely... can smell it already!

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  22. wow that looks good Ju!!! must try must try...tq :))))

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  23. The colour, the taste !!!
    It's crazy, you're crazy, I love this !!!

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  24. Ju this looks wonderful and I have not even had my breakfast yet!
    Yummmmmmm.....
    L~xo

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  25. Those potatoes look incredibly inticing. Great photo. I had tamarind pulp in my hand at our local spice shop the other day wondering what on earth I'd do with it. I'll pick it up next trip and make these potatoes. Thanks for a great post and recipe.

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  26. you made my day! Finally a recipe that needs all the ingredients I have lying around in my cupboard! *lol*

    There's so much snow outside and I don't want to go out and buy anything, so again.. this made my day!

    Greetings from the Netherlands

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  27. Ju, this looks really interesting. I've not tried tamarind on potatoes - only seafood. Hmm I can already taste the flavours in my mouth .. yum!

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  28. After reading a few of your posts for the past few days while I was out of town, I am feeling real hungry.

    You are so good ....your nasi also looks delish ....Great chef!

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  29. Oh, you are seducing me using high carb goodies again!

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  30. My kind of food! Simple and delicious, looks so good!

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  31. my son loves potatoes.. good.another recipe for me to try on...

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  32. I would like to try this some time not because I love potatoes very much but the combination of simple flavors are intriguing.

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  33. Hi Ju,
    This is very interesting. The tangy tamarind taste will surely make this dish appetizing. Yummy!

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  34. I love potatoes more than rice. You have given me an idea for our house party. YAY!

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  35. Those potatoes look delicious and so flavoursome. I love potatoes cooked any way - they're my favourite vegetable!

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  36. These look soooo wonderful! The picture really does speak a thousand words- they look really delicious! First time here and I'm really enjoying your recipes!

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  37. OH look at the gorgeous color...so wonderful! Ju you are amazing and all your recipes are just so darn delicious looking, I can barely stand it!

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  38. these potatoes look addictive indeed. rice has serious competition!

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  39. As soon as i read this, I got straight into the kitchen and made this! I am Sitting here wondering how come ive never eaten this before?! It is amazing thanks for sharing the recipe!!!!

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  40. Ok! I made it here is a photo :D
    http://twitpic.com/usgpj

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  41. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made this sometime back and it is really tasty. The taste reminds me of home and I am sure I will make this again. Both dh and myself enjoyed this dish very much. Thanks again.

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  42. i actually tried it , but guess what it actually tasted very very yummy , in my version i added red bell paper also as very thinly sliced de seeded Julianne . and i added chilly with seeds as i love it little spicy .

    Thanks a million for such tasty and beautifully simple recipe.

    do u have simple and tasty recipe for broccoli too??

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  43. Thank you so much for this recipe. I made it tonight and it is brilliant. I cook mostly Indian, so I tried a little sprinkle of fresh green coriander on top and it worked wonderfully.

    Thank you for sharing

    Geoff
    Brisbane, Australia

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  44. This looks great and I'm looking forward to doing it with the potatoes I'm growing. I have a question though? I only have tamarind concentrate. How much would I use of that?

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  45. alex: I am guessing about 1/2 tbsp for this recipe.

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  46. I always make candied sweet potatoes but for Easter I decided to try this recipe, and was surprised by the positive comments. I used butter to stir fry the sweet potatoes in, and then I also used mushroom soy sauce in the sauce. I thought the people will be complaining about a strong flavour because of the mushroom sauce but they loved it. I used the palm sugar and a little more brown sugar to balance it out! Thanks, wonderful recipe.

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  47. Great recipe, whole family enjoyed these. I did sprinkle ours with fresh coriander to serve. Will def be one we use quite frequently.

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  48. i just made this, it was amazing, i subbed sugar for the palm sugar and used regular kikkoman soy sauce. i also roasted the potato cubes in the oven with the shallots and green chili pieces and then finished it in the pan with spices and the tamarind sauce. it was lovely.

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