Friday, May 28, 2010

Indian Hash Brown Salad...Plus A Giveaway!

  Hash brown salad? When I first mentioned that to Alan, he was all on board. Since the recipe involved two of his favorite things, Indian food and hash browns, he couldn't wait for me to fix it.
  Now when I think of hash browns, I usually think of two of my favorite diners in Los Angeles. 
Raes' ,where we spent many Sunday mornings listening to a friends' various conspiracy theories...

or Dinahs, where we can still be found chowing down at least once on every business trip to LA.

Now there are your hash browns! Never have I ever thought of hash browns and Indian food, until today.
 Once again it was the book The Salads of India. This is another winnner! We enjoyed it for lunch but it would be an amazing brunch dish as Alan so helpfully pointed out. I started off with Yukon Gold potatoes. I used those because that's what I had. They worked just fine though next time I'm thinking of trying a Russet or two.  
  Here's what to do.
 Shred  or grate unpeeled potatoes. You will need 5 cups.

  In a large skillet or kadhai heat 2 Tbs of vegetable oil.
When the oil is hot, toss in 1 and 1/2 tsp of cumin seed.
 Stir it around until the seeds darken.

 Then add in 5 cups of shredded or grated potatoes
 1 Tbs of finely minced and seeded green chili.

Stir it all around then cover the pan and let it cook for about 7 minutes.
 Take off the lid, lower the heat and then cook for another 15 minutes or so.
 Stir it every now and then, make sure it doesn't stick or burn.
 When the potato is cooked, take the pan from the heat and add in:
 1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of kashmiri chili powder or 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper and 1/8 tsp paprika mixed together
 1/4 tsp garam masala
3/4 cup of peanut powder
 Mix it well and take the potatoes off the stove. Let it rest for about 5 minutes then add in:
1/2 cup of grated dried unsweetened coconut

1 and 1/2 tsp of lemon juice
Scatter  3 Tbs of chopped fresh cilantro over the dish, mix it in and serve.

I cannot wait to try this one weekend along with some other treats I've heard about but not yet cooked. An Indian brunch is in the cards.
 Meanwhile I am rapidly approaching the 1st anniversary of The Colors Of Indian Cooking!
 Almost 1 year old already! And like most birthdays, there will be presents. Only this time I'm going to be giving them out to you.
  My good friends Jerry and Jerry at Early Morning Pottery have given me two of their beautiful ceramic Chicken roasters and one set of Game Hen roasters to share with you.

 These are amazing roasters. Paula Wolfert gave us one for our anniversary a couple of years ago and I love using it.  I went from someone who never cooked a chicken to someone who's only too happy to cook anyone a chicken, because it always turns out great with this device. The Jerrys sent me a set of Game hen roasters also and I can tell you, they're great too.
 So The Colors of Indian Cooking is giving away 2 chicken roasters and 1 set of Game hen roasters to some lucky people. Keep reading and I'll give you the rules. June is Chicken Roaster month!


  1. I love this recipe! I love potatoes and this is a great alternative to the same ole hash browns on a sunday morning...

  2. wow I love that cooker....can just imagine how great it works~ I just posted a roasted chicken using beer and my mia grill this one must be fabulous using ceramic...
    Cant wait to try these has browns for breakfast they look delicious nice job and giveaway Kathy I love it and the cookbook!

  3. Ok, now you made me hyperventilate for 2 reasons. A) I was born and grew up in Culver City and seeing "Dinah's" AND RAE's on your blog made me wanna cry. B) My favorite food of all time are really good hash browns. You can BET that I will be trying out this recipe.

  4. @janis,
    yeah, you know it kind of got to me too. So many mornings at those places. Even though I grew up In San Francisco I lived in LA for so long sometimes I really miss Dinahs and Raes. Every time we're in LA for business we go to Dinahs and they hug us and welcome us back!

  5. @pegasuslegend,
    the chicken cookers are great! I've never used a metal one but the ceramic cooks so evenly it's amazing how well it works. I'll be giving these away in a couple of weeks.

  6. Looks good.

    I have ordered spices and they arrived.
    Now, I await to use this recipe.



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