Kachaloo is my entry for the Jihva for POTATO . Thank you Vaishali for hosting and Indira for the ingenous idea. I also take the oppotunity to CONGRATULATE Indira for the Best Food Indiblog of the year 2006.
This recipe is shared with us by my Dentist friends Asif and Seema. Asif is a Muslim married to his classmate Seema a Jat. They have had some difficult times with family due to their inter religious marriage but in Mumbai these two have built an alternative family with all their patients.
Asif is a superspecialist in orthodontics yet quite a good cook. I think creativity if it is in you gets expressed in what ever one does. There are lot of things I learn from him. Inspite of being a busy person he maintains a superb balance by taking frequent small breaks from work. He also builds a relationship with his patients that both value a lot. Seema his wife I guess was impressed with exactly these qualities in Asif during the 4.5 yrs when they were students and now they have a lovely family with the addition of Muskan and Aman.
My Dad was one of his first patients and refuses to let even Seema treat him. It has to be Asif for him. Over the years our family ties have solidfied. Is Kachaloo the reason?? May be ! Apart from it being tasty in all these 9 years that we have known them Asif makes it himself for us for Iftar. Yes atleast one Iftar during Ramzan he makes sure to invite us if we are around in Mumbai.
Gosh I'm so sorry! Sandeepa thanks for letting me know. This blogger was acting funny yesterday and I had trouble posting. I cut/ pasted 2 -3 times and got fed up and skipped the final check I normally do after posting! I'll be more careful next time.
So here you go.
1 cup bolied potato quartered
1/2 cup each of 4-5 fruits cut in same sizes
2 teaspoon dry roasted cumin seeds.
1 teaspoon chat masala
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon fresh crushed black pepper
1 tablespoon lemon / lime juice
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a big bowl mix all the fruits and potato. I used lime, orange, apple, pineapple, papaya and banana. Add the dry powders, salt, sugar cover with a lid and shake vigourly to mix the ingredients. Serve on banana leaves squares for the traditional bit.
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