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Working Through the Potato Bags: Potato Peanut Curry

Potato peanut curry

Our winter CSA gave us SO many potatoes this winter. All sorts of varieties and colors, too. I’m not sure why, but potatoes are never top of mind when I’m meal planning. I’ll be better prepared next winter, but I let too many of them spoil this year. Does anyone have a good method for storing them? We’ve tried lots of things, but without success.

Anyway…we had two paper sacks of potatoes (some purple and some white) and a couple of random sweet potatoes. The purple ones were starting to sprout and the sweet potatoes were drying out. Never fear! Curry is here! Super delicious, super easy curry, that is.

These were aging potatoes, but look at them now!

This recipe is from Wildly Affordable Organic by Linda Watson, the genius behind Cook for Good. Erik and I tried to take the Cook for Good Challenge a couple of years ago, but had to bail due to some unexpected business travel. We got some great recipes out of it, though. This is one of them and I’d definitely recommend it for the night you get home late from work and are tempted by the takeout menu. It only takes about 25 minutes and is made from ingredients you probably have already.

This is filling enough that I don’t think rice is necessary, but put some on before you start the curry if you want it.

Potato Peanut Curry
From the book Wildly Affordable Organic by Linda Watson. Excerpted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2011. www.dacapopresscookbooks.com

Serves 4 (or 3 if you’re really hungry)

Amount Ingredient Preparation Where we bought it (SWM = Somerville Winter Market)
1 pound Potatoes Feel free to use different types. Peel them if they’re not organic or if the peels feel tough. Cut out any eyes or bad spots. Red Fire Farm
14 ounces Canned tomatoes We used half a quart jar of home-canned tomatoes instead. Home-canned
1 cup Water We used some of the liquid in the tomato jar and topped it off with enough water to make 1 cup. Somerville Public Works
2 TBsp Vegetable or olive oil Stolor Organics
1/4 tsp Salt
2 TBsp Tahini Give it a good stir to distribute the oil.
2 TBsp Peanut butter Teddie (made close by!)
1 tsp Cayenne pepper
4 cloves Garlic Red Fire Farm CSA
1/2 tsp Turmeric Optional
2 TBsp (or so) Fresh parsley Chopped or torn up NorthStar Farm

Directions

  1. Dice the potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes.
  2. In a medium pot, add the potatoes, tomatoes, water (or water/tomato juice mixture), and salt.
  3. Cover the pot and bring it to a boil. Once it boils, turn down the heat so that it simmers gently.

    Red, purple, and orange!

  4. While the potatoes are cooking, chop the garlic finely. You could also put it through a garlic press, but I prefer to mince it with a knife, since I already have the cutting board out.
  5. Put the garlic, vegetable oil, tahini, peanut butter, and cayenne pepper into a microwave-safe bowl. (Note: I accidentally put the turmeric in, too, which I wasn’t supposed to do. It turned out great.) Microwave on medium-high (80%) for two minutes.

    Uncooked tahini-garlic sauce

  6. Add the turmeric to the tahini-garlic mixture, if you didn’t already, and stir it into the cooking potatoes.
  7. Let the curry continue to simmer until the potatoes are tender. This will take about 15 minutes, if you made the tahini-garlic sauce at an average speed, or 5 minutes, if you, like me, had to run to the store for tahini you though you had, but didn’t.
  8. Garnish with a little sprinkle of parsley. I think this would be good with a dollop of yogurt, too.

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