Decades ago, my dad spoke of a time when his mum would cook potatoes in ginger-garlic for him. That is why I whipped up this recipe for him. Little did I know at the time, it would go on to be a family favourite, especially for my dad. He loves all kinds of potato sabzi (vegetable), but this one remains his all-time favourite. A note to the Parsi clan.. This recipe is NOT to be confused with the Parsi Kharo Papeto. The flavour profile of this potato recipe differs from Kharo Papeto.
The literal and simple translation of ‘Kando Papeto’ means, ‘Onion Potato’. No fancy-schmancy name needed for this beaut! 😉
The onions, the coarsely ground pepper and the adu-lasan (ginger-garlic) are the main ingredients that lend flavour to this dish. Do not toy with the recipe by adding extra spices, or herbs, coz then, you will not be making Kando Papeto, you will be making something entirely different. Just this once, stick to the recipe. No toying! Pretty please!
This one’s for dad! ❤️
500 grams potatoes, boiled, peeled, and cut into 1-inch cubes
4 to 5 large onions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1½ teaspoon coarsely ground black peppercorns
2 heaped teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
Salt to taste
4 tablespoons oil
- Heat oil in a kadhai/wok. Add cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
- Add sliced onions and fry until the edges begin to turn brown.
- Add coarsely ground black peppercorns and sauté for a few seconds.
- Add ginger-garlic paste and salt, turn the flame to MEDIUM-LOW and sauté until the ginger-garlic cooks and releases a lovely aroma. Do NOT allow the ginger-garlic paste to burn.
- Add the cubed potatoes and toss it well, but gently, with the onions.
- Once the potatoes are well tossed with the onions, turn the flame to LOW, cover the kadhai/wok and allow the potatoes to cook for 5 minutes.
- At the 5-minute mark, open the lid, give the potatoes yet another gentle toss.
- Check seasoning. Adjust if required. Cover, and cook on LOW flame for two more minutes. Serve!
- Please do not cut the potatoes larger than 1-inch pieces as you need them to absorb the flavour of the added pepper and ginger-garlic paste. Feel free to cut them smaller, if you are sure you won’t mash them when you toss them.
- To ensure the potatoes don’t turn to mash when you cut them, after peeling, store them in the fridge for an hour or two. I usually boil potatoes a day ahead and store them in the fridge. This ensures I get perfect cubes when I cut them.
- The reason I suggest you begin adding the coarsely ground pepper when the edges of the onions begin to turn brown, is because the onions will continue to fry to a deeper colour as you continue sautéing the pepper and ginger-garlic. By the time, the ginger-garlic cooks, the onions will have achieved the correct colour and consistency, half fried brown, and, the other half pinkish/translucent (as seen in the photograph).
- Please feel free to increase or decrease the pepper and ginger-garlic paste quotient depending on your tolerance of the spice but as there is no other spice, masala, or flavouring, I would suggest you not reduce them too much unless you are cooking this for your kid/s.
- At the end of the cook, if you see oil at the bottom the kadhai, spoon out the potatoes into your serving bowl and use the oil for any other dish. It barely has any spices; hence the oil will work with anything you cook.
- I would suggest you not be stingy with the oil, in fact, if you feel the need to add more while frying the onions, do so, and get the extra oil out once the dish is done. The flavours will not come together well if the potato-onion mixture is too dry, hence the suggestion for oil.
- Ideally, as always, to ensure you don’t bruise or mash the potatoes, I would advice the use of a spatula to toss these babies.
- Please use boiled potatoes for this recipe. Don’t go with raw ones.
- Just this once, the onions will work as your garnish. Please do not add any herbs like parsley, or coriander leaves, to this dish. It will overpower and mess up the peppery-ginger-garlic flavour profile.
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