Potatoes, a root vegetable, is a staple food in Indian kitchens. Potato is perhaps the only vegetable that provides the flexibility of cooking choices. Potatoes can be cooked on its own and also in combination with other vegetables.
One of the major reasons for potato being used in every Indian cuisine is that they are the option for vegetarians and a rich source of starch.
Potatoes are full of nutrients and are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. One baked potato has:
- 161 calories
- 4.3 grams of proteins
- 0.2 grams of fats
- 36.6 grams carbs
This nutritional content in potatoes can vary depending upon how these are grown and prepared. For example, Potatoes, when fried, add more calories and fat in them.
- Potatoes are good for bone health as it contains calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous, all of which help maintain the bone structure.
- Including potatoes in your diet helps in maintaining a normal blood pressure level in the body as it contains potassium, which is as essential as having a low sodium intake.
- It is beneficial for heart health, as well. Vitamin B6 & C, potassium, and potato fiber, with less cholesterol, all help maintain good heart health.
- Potato, along with having many nutritional properties, also has stain-removing properties. Also, this can be used for lightening dark circles.
- Potatoes can also be used for cleaning windows, car windscreen, and even eyeglasses.
- If your cutlery is cloudy, you can use a potato to clean those and make them shine.
1. French Fries
3-4 large potatoes, cornflour, salt, waterCooking Steps:
Cut the potatoes in long slices and coat them in cornflour and freeze them for about 2 hours. After two hours, take those sliced potatoes out of the freezer, and deep fry them in your frying pan until they turn brown. Take it out on a tissue paper and sprinkle salt over it, and your French fries are ready to serve.2. Potato Curry
3-4 large potatoes, 2 medium onions, 2 medium tomatoes, 1 green chilli, oil, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, ¼ tsp turmeric, salt, and1 or 1 ½ tsp mixed spice powderCooking Steps:
Chop onions, tomatoes, and green chilli and keep them separate. Boil potatoes and cube them. In a pan, heat oil, add onions and chili, and fry them till onions turn brown. Add ginger garlic paste and saute it till it produces aroma. Add chopped tomatoes, salt, and turmeric. Fry until tomatoes turn mushy. Add all dry spices at this point and fry them until spices mix well with tomato and onion mixture. Next add potatoes and add some water until they partially cover potatoes and cook them till they turn soft. You can serve the curry after garnishing it with coriander leaves along with roti or rice.