Thursday, September 10, 2015

Aaloo Thecwani from Uttarkhand

Thechwani is a dish from Uttarkhand and can be prepared using radish root (pahari mula having round root) or potatoes. It is called Thecwani as the root is never cut it is crushed with a hammer or a heavy stone or pestle. For this itt is advised to use medium sized potatoes, which makes it easy to crush. The potatoes are not peeled.

A typical pahari dish ,it tasted delicious and was quick to prepare. This was a part of my Uttarkhand Thali.

Aaloo Thecwani
Recipe Source: Chef Virender

4-5 potatoes
2 tbsp ghee
4-5 cloves garlic, chopped
A small piece ginger, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2-3 tomatoes, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1-2 whole red chillies
Pinch asafetida
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilly powder 
Salt to taste

Wash the potatoes and crush them into small pieces with a hammer or pestle.
Crush ginger and garlic. 
Heat oil in the frying pan .
Add cuminseeds .
Stir-fry crushed garlic and ginger .
Add the chopped onions and saute till pink.
Add the tomatoes and cook till mushy and oil separates.
Add crushed potatoes and saute .
Put all the spices in a cup of water and add to this potato mix.
Add more water, enough for the potatoes to cook in.
Cover with a lid and cook on slow fire till the potatoes are tender.
Make sure the water is enough and there is thick gravy too.

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  1. I love everything potato based.Yummy.

  2. That is an interesting way of cut potatoes.. :) Curry looks delicious

  3. very nicely done ! potato is a fav at home too

  4. Oh interesting way to cook the potatoes..must have been created for lazy folks to cube the

  5. No thali is complete without aloo.. yum

  6. Another interesting potato dish..

  7. Pounding potatoes for cooking sounds interesting. I guess we can let our everyday stress out while making this dish :-)

  8. Love it. Next time Hubby complains that my pieces are uneven you know what I will tell him. :D

  9. Wow, crushed with a hammer??? ha, ha, loved pavani's comment!!! dish looks delicious!!!

  10. this is kind of similar to the aloo rasedar I made for UP - i am sure this version is delicious too!