Cuminy wedges…

by Sunita on August 17, 2007

Potatoes are very important in my kitchen…well, probably in most kitchens, the world over. And why wouldn’t they be. These plain looking things are probably one of the most versatile of ingredients…skin- on or peeled, whole or cut up (diced, sliced, chopped etc.), with seasonings or without. And what can one say about all those varieties of dishes that can be cooked with the humble potato….fried, chipped, boiled, mashed, baked, roasted, curried…the list is endless. Unlike many foods, potatoes can also be easily cooked in a microwave oven and still retain nearly all of their nutritional value, provided that they are covered in ventilated plastic wrap to prevent moisture from escaping.(wiki)

Nutritionally, potatoes are known for their carbohydrate content in the form of starch.
The best thing about potatoes is their ability to absorb the flavours of the dish that it is being added to. As good as they are on their own,they also make themselves comfortable with all the other ingredients in the simplest or the spiciest of dishes. The bland potato becomes all jazzy when dressed up with various ingredients.

Back home, we call a person ‘aloo’, meaning’ potato’, if he or she is very adaptable and gets along with everyone!! I wonder if there is anyone who does not like potatoes…I bet, even the fussiest of eaters (especially kids) would not think of making a fuss when it comes to eating potatoes.

In Assamese cuisine, a bit of potato is added to almost every dish….vegetable, fish, eggs, and even chicken!!! We also have them on their own by frying(aloo bhaji) or mashing (aloo pitika) or roasting them over naked flame (aloo poora) .

Since we’re on a potato trail, my recipe for the day is one of potatoes cut into wedges, seasoned and rubbed in spices and baked. Again, since, this month, cumin is the spice we’ve (well, I definitely have :D ) been thinking about, this was the spice that I chose to dress up our good old potato. The flavours of freshly ground cumin was a perfect garment to ready the wedges for the show…which, if I may say so myself, was an all round hit. The kids (bless them!) patiently followed me around for quite a while as I set about capturing the wedges’ moment of glory for posterity…and no sooner had I finished that they pounced( literally) on them…and yes, asked for more…hubby was delighted as well…and as for your’s truly, well what can I say…I did have my ‘more than I should, and then feel guilty’ share.

What’s needed-

5-6 large new potatoes, cut into wedges with the skin on and washed
2 tsp of cumin seeds
a pinch of turmeric powder
3-4 tblsp of olive oil
salt to taste

How to-

  1. Parboil the potatoes in water with 1 tsp of salt. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Pre-heat the oven at 220 deg cel.
  3. Heat a pan and add the cumin seeds. Stir continuously over medium heat till they begin to leave their smoky flavour and slightly change their colour (take care not to burn them).
  4. Remove the roasted cumin from heat. Keep aside a tsp of the seeds and grind the rest.
  5. Place the potatoes on a baking tray.
  6. Add the whole and ground cumin, turmeric, olive oil and season with salt. Toss the potatoes with all these.
  7. Place in the centre of the pre-heated oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes to an hour or till they are cooked through and acquire a nice brown hue.
  8. Serve hot.

They were really gorgeous…firm and crisp exterior with softer insides…we loved every bit. Isn’t it amazing how the simplest of dishes can give one so much gratification.
And, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m also sending the recipe to myself for my event…

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Patricia Scarpin August 17, 2007 at 2:26 pm

Those potato wedges are so beautifully golden, Sunita!
Delicious!

And the definition for “aloo” is really interesting, I agree that potatoes are wonderful with just about anything.

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2 sunita August 17, 2007 at 2:45 pm

Patricia, thanks..they were really yummmm(now, where’s the humility??!!!)…and yes, potatoes are indeed so versatile, aren’t they.

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3 Richa August 17, 2007 at 2:52 pm

those wedges look utterly gorgeous, sunita!
all staple pantry items :)

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4 Sia August 17, 2007 at 2:59 pm

pics r drool worthy suni. new cam? just gimme more. dont worry abt “more than I should, and then feel guilty” part. u can always sweat a little on treadmill;)

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5 TBC August 17, 2007 at 2:59 pm

Your wedges look good.I love potatoes & will eat almost anything with potatoes in it.

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6 sunita August 17, 2007 at 3:04 pm

Richa, thanks…’staple pantry items indeed’:)

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7 sunita August 17, 2007 at 3:08 pm

Sia, well yes, the old one died an early death due to overuse :)
as for the ‘more than I should, and then feel guilty’ bit, well, the problem is, sweating out on the treadmill has not been very regular this past month :(

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8 Saju August 17, 2007 at 3:09 pm

those potato wedges look just awesome. I never thought of making them like that. I usually make them with rosemary or thyme. This is a much better idea. T.hank you

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9 sunita August 17, 2007 at 3:14 pm

tbc, thanks…potatoes are like that, don’t you think…nice to have you over.

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10 sunita August 17, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Saju, thanks…they tasted really good actually, especially with the freshly ground spice…do try them.

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11 Sirisha Kilambi August 17, 2007 at 3:17 pm

Those wedges look awesome Sunita…..wanted to gilp them down as soon as I saw them dear :-)

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12 marriedtoadesi.com August 17, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Better than fries!

Kanchana

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13 Poonam August 17, 2007 at 4:20 pm

Hi Sunita, anytime preferable than fries!

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14 Namratha August 17, 2007 at 4:58 pm

Wow Sunita, you just made my day with this recipe…I simply love potatoes..as you said who doesn’t?! The cumin twist is something I should try…very interesting.

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15 musical August 17, 2007 at 5:30 pm

The loveliest looking potato wedges!

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16 sra August 17, 2007 at 6:02 pm

Those wedges are gorgeous. And cuminy is your contribution to the blogosphere – such a nice word, like lemony.
Btw, I know at least one person who doesn’t like potatoes!

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17 sunita August 17, 2007 at 8:54 pm

Sirisha, thanks…wish I could share some with you :)

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18 sunita August 17, 2007 at 8:55 pm

Kanchana, definitely better than fries.

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19 sunita August 17, 2007 at 8:56 pm

Poonam, yes, we too prefer them better than fries.

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20 sunita August 17, 2007 at 8:57 pm

Namratha, thanks..do give them a try…nice having you over.

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21 sunita August 17, 2007 at 8:59 pm

musical, thanks…glad you took a peep :)

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22 sunita August 17, 2007 at 9:01 pm

Sra, thanks…and come think of it, ‘cuminy’ does seem to have a nice ring to it ;) …as for those potato haters, they are really a rare species, aren’t they :D

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23 bee August 17, 2007 at 9:57 pm

how gorgeous is that!!!!! feel like grabbing them off the screen.

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24 Anh August 18, 2007 at 3:28 am

Sunita, this is a fantastic idea!

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25 Sandeepa August 18, 2007 at 3:45 am

Loved that name…Sunita :)

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26 sunita August 18, 2007 at 6:39 am

Bee,thanks…would have really loved to offer you some :)

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27 sunita August 18, 2007 at 6:40 am

Sandeepa, thanks…they were indeed cuminy :)

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28 Vcuisine August 18, 2007 at 11:57 am

Lovely entry Sunita. It rocks really. Viji

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29 sunita August 18, 2007 at 2:06 pm

Viji, thanks…glad you dropped by…

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30 Cynthia August 19, 2007 at 1:30 am

I am going to make these tomorrow to have with the roast lamb I am making and a big green salad.

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31 Kajal August 19, 2007 at 1:58 am

Every one like this dish my dear….this is delicious and spicy dish….send to me….:))

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32 sunita August 19, 2007 at 8:39 am

Cynthia, roast lamb and salad!…can I come over :) …enjoy!!!

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33 sunita August 19, 2007 at 8:40 am

kajal, thanks…wish I could send you some :)

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34 Lakshmi August 20, 2007 at 2:27 am

Lovely entry and easy to make. Lovely Pics too. Btw I have mailed my entry too. Most of the times it lands in spam folder :( so I thought of mentioning it here.

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35 sunita August 20, 2007 at 10:52 am

Lakshmi, thanks…btw, I’ve received your entry..glad you could participate.

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36 Sharmi August 20, 2007 at 1:52 pm

those wedges look very tempting. can try out anytime:) bookmarking.

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37 sunita August 20, 2007 at 2:27 pm

Sharmi, thanks..we did love them a lot…

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38 Rachna August 24, 2007 at 12:52 pm

these jeera wedges are looking great!!!

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39 sunita August 26, 2007 at 10:47 pm

rachna, thanks…glad you dropped by!

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40 Padma September 1, 2007 at 7:08 pm

They r juz mindblowing…….

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41 sunita September 10, 2007 at 10:37 am

padma, thanks …glad to have you over :)

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