May 21, 2013

Rassa Aloo

Rassa Aloo simply means Curried Brothy Potatoes. My mom would make something similar to these as a breakfast dish which we would eat with puris (Indian deep fried, whole wheat, flat bread). Although it is derived from a very traditional Indian breakfast dish, my version is a lot higher on protein (in the form of TVP) and has no butter at all. My mom's version was pretty loaded with Ghee - a traditional Indian version of clarified butter. I've used TVP in this recipe because I'm trying to finish up my stock and am moving away from processed soy protein. Feel free to use Seitan or Tempeh, or even extra-firm tofu in this dish. 

Rassa Aloo
Prep Time: 15 min (with pre-boiled potatoes)

Ingredients (Serves 6-8):
  1. 2 lbs Red Potatoes, boiled and quartered.
  2. 1 x 15oz can of Diced (No Added Salt) Tomatoes
  3. 1 cup presoaked TVP Chunks (I use Nutrela)
  4. 1 tbsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
  5. 1 tbsp Goya Recaito Cilantro Cooking Base
  6. 2 tsp Cumin seeds
  7. 1 tsp Mustard Powder
  8. 1-2 tsp Deggi Chilli Powder
  9. 1-2 tsp Garam Masala
  10. 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  11. 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  12. 1/2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  13. 4-6 fresh/frozen Curry Leaves
  14. Salt and Pepper, to taste
  15. Lemon/Lime juice, to taste
  16. Hot Sauce, to taste.

Line a pan with water and add ginger-garlic paste and recaito cilantro cooking base. Saute for a couple of minutes and then add diced tomatoes. Saute for a couple more minutes until the tomatoes begin to simmer. Then add 2-3 cups of water (or home-made vegetable broth) to the pan. Bring to a boil and add TVP chunks, remaining spices and potatoes. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Serve hot over rice or with slices of whole wheat bread. 

My Assessment: I can eat this dish just by itself, without any rice or bread or pasta because the added potatoes provide the starch. The TVP provides the protein and the tomatoes and curry leaves and spices provide all the flavor you might crave for a meal. Some might call it a chunky potato soup. Its pretty darn filling, I must add!!! 

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving): Calories 210 (Fat Calories 21)
Total Fat 2.4 g; Carbohydrates 36.5 g; Fiber 7.7 g; Sugars 6.7 g; Protein 13.1 g

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