Love them or hate them, but there's no ignoring potatoes. The ever so versatile and humble ingredient is used widely in almost all types of cuisines to make a smorgasbord of dishes - from fries and wedges to cutlets, curries, bakes and pies. Did you know that the world's favourite root vegetable was brought to India by the Portuguese? The word 'potato' comes from the Spanish word 'patata'. It's interesting to know that potatoes are eco-friendly crops. They are easy to grow and require minimum fertilisers and chemicals.
When buying potatoes, choose ones that have a smooth skin and firm texture. Avoid ones that are sprouted or with a greenish tint. This means that the potatoes have been exposed to light during storage which can sometimes produce a bitter taste.
Fried, baked or boiled, despite tasting delicious in any form it's often touted as a starchy companion. Love it or hate it, you definitely cannot ignore it. The soft mash readily soaks in flavours from other ingredients and as such is easy to be cooked in a number of ways to treat the taste buds.
So, how to cook incredible dishes using potatoes? There's absolutely no limit to the possibilities. Here are our 10 best potato recipes which we think are a must try - from Honey Chiili Potatoes and Aloo Chaat to Gratin and Dum Aloo, you will be spoilt for choice.
1. Pakistani Style Potatoes Bhujia with Besan ki Roti
Recipe by Chef Mehmood Akhtar
Potatoes stirred in with cross border flavors. Made in desi ghee, a mash up of potatoes, capsicum, sweet corn, cabbage and a few spices. Served with freshly made besan ki roti.
2. Dum Aloo Lakhnavi
Recipe by Chef Andy
Dum aloo made Lakhnavi style! Fried potatoes stuffed with paneer, mingled in a rich, masaledar onion and tomato gravy. Great for laying out an elaborate spread!
Recipe by Chef Kishore D Reddy
A popular snack from the streets of Maharahtra. Batata translates into potato in English. Mashed masaledar potatoes coated in a thick besan (chickpea flour) batter and deep fried till golden. Served with a tangy chutney.
4. Honey Chilli Potatoes
Recipe by Chef Nishtha Asrani
An oriental favorite with many! A quick and easy snack to impress those unannounced guests.
5.Dilli Ki Fried Aloo Chaat
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal
A popular deep fried potato chaat from the streets of Delhi. Tossed in tamarind and mint chutney, this fried aloo chaat is a must try.
6. Gratin of Potatoes with Garlic Cream
Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani
Dig deep into the layers of thinly slices seasoned potatoes and cheese, baked golden brown. A meal that satisfies the soul!
7. Spicy Potato
Recipe by Chef Marut Sikka
For all the spice lovers! Potatoes cooked with the tang of tomatoes and the fire of chillies. Perk up your everyday meals with this fiery recipe.
8. Achar Ke Aloo
Recipe by Chef Roopa Gulati
Fried potatoes tossed in achaari flavours of chillies, mustard seeds, vinegar and sugar. A recipe that makes for a light and interesting meal!
9. Bangbang Batata
Recipe by Chef Tara Deshpande
A quick and crispy potato snack. This recipe was shared by Tara Deshpande in the gourmet session at The Imperial, New Delhi. The recipe is a part of her book "A Sense for Spice".
10. Heeng Aur Dhaniye Ke Chatpate Aloo
Recipe by Chef Meraj Ul Haque
Potatoes stir fried with aromatic masalas, lemon juice, ginger, chillies and the pungent taste of heeng. Perfect as a quick, hassle-free side dish.