Potato Rosti Recipe for a Valentine Dinner

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There’s a café attached to a fabulous bookshop in Hyderabad is one of K’s favourite places to hangout….typically friends meander there at the end of a day’s work or sometimes even in between when they can’t take the rut anymore….what more does a guy need when he is allowed to puff away indoors and is on such terms with the staff that he can tell them exactly how long he wants his chai simmered?? As a result many evenings and weekends have been spent here over books and banter….. Having said that, this place thankfully serves very good fare at rates that don’t burn a hole in your pockets and can give any self respecting continental restaurant a run for its money…… as a result I have had all that they have on the menu over the last few years and have microscopically tried to take apart how everything is put together…inspecting not just the preparation of the item but its presentation as well………though I have never till now attempted to reproduce any of them……they make a good vegetarian steak which is essentially a veggie pattie served with a sauce and steamed veggies on the side with either garlic bread or saffron rice…K loves this and has this pretty often, so I tried my hand at it the other day for dinner…….turned out pretty good and I was quite pleased with the result. I used a new product called vegit potato flakes which is dehydrated potato flakes that look like poha or beaten rice…I generally am not a great fan of processed anything but the claim that this product made was too much to resist … It called for just adding water to the flakes and mix for mashed potato…after carefully reading the package I picked it up and while I won’t substitute this for fresh potatoes…it is a great time saver/standby when you need boiled and mashed potatoes in a jiffy…..they do need a bit of a binding agent tho, but made for patties in a jiffy….the package comes with a small recipe booklet of a few items that can be made using the product…..all in all dinner was quite a hit….plus it was healthy as all those veggies can’t be bad for you………we’re not big on valentine’s day or any other ritualistic “show me how much you love me” days…. but for the effect I lit the candles and laid out red placemats…. K rolled his eyes but indulged in me anyways!! I hope everyone had a good time too…..this will be my entry to two events, and Sia’s Ode to PotatoCulinary Bazar’s Potato fe(a)st

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potato rosetti (serves 2)

for the patty

2 cups boiled and mashed potatoes (I used 1 ½ cups of potato flakes)

2 T bread crumbs

1 T finely chopped fresh coriander

1 t finely chopped green chillies

Salt and pepper to taste

2 T oil

Mix together all ingredients for the patty. Adjust seasoning, shape as patties. Heat the oil on a tava, fry till each side is golden brown. Place on paper towels to drain before serving.

For the sauce

4 T chopped spring onions (green and white parts)

1 ½ cups roughly chopped ripe tomatoes (microwave on high for 2 minutes, cool and make a puree in a blender, sieve and set aside) or ¾ cup readymade tomato puree

1 T finely chopped garlic

½ t red chilli powder

1 t oregano

Salt to taste

1T olive oil

½ t sugar

Heat the olive oil and add the green onions & garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes till translucent. Add the spices and sugar, sauté for another few seconds. Add the tomato puree and cook till it thickens and seperates from the oil. Check for seasoning and take off the heat.

Steamed and sautéed vegetables

3 cups of vegetables (I used cauliflower and broccoli florets, carrots, French beans, baby corn) peeled, cut, and steamed till crisp (about 3-4 mins in the microwave oven)

1 T olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil, add the steamed veggies, salt, pepper and sauté on high till they are well coated with the oil and seasoning and get a glaze.

To serve

On a plate, place two of the patties, spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the tomato sauce on them. Add a few spring onions for the garnish. Arrange the sautéed vegetables on the side and serve with sliced and toasted bread. I served lightly toasted bread with a dab of butter and oregano.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Meera says:

    Looks wonderful. Never heard of vegit. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope you guys had a lovely valentines day.
    thanks for visiting my blog.

    thanks for taking the time to get here!!

  2. sig says:

    It is always fun trying to recreate a dish from memory without a written recipe to follow, isn’t it? The plate looks great, looks like you guys had a romantic evening.. 🙂

    totally…also great for showing off to people who swear by the place / dish!! 🙂

  3. Dhivya says:

    This is so cute! Potato Flakes are so new to me. And u were right in your mail..There are hoards of recipes with potatoes and I get to learn so many new creations! Potato flakes! who knew! I dint until u told me! This is such a good recipe..lip smacking am sure. Thanks for sending them my way 🙂

    thanks dhivya….the brand is called veggit and available in india….there are advts all over magazines and newspapers for this

  4. sia says:

    wonderful rosetti with colourful steamed veggies and on that romantic setting! what more can anybody ask for 🙂 thank you arundathi for this colourful entry. i have replied to ur mail. can you please send in the deatils of your blog, post URL and a picture of your entry.
    thank you 🙂

    thanks sia…have sent you the details…..

  5. Karishma says:

    Elegant setting and yummy-looking food (easy recipes too)..this is next on my to-try list!

    thanks kary …how was your trip to gb??

  6. vimmi says:

    Happy Valentines Day. That looks so good.

    thanks vimmi!!

  7. alpa says:

    that’s a beautiful place setting, i’m sure you had a terrific valentine’s day 🙂

    thanks Alpha….:) yes i did…we’re suckers for mush regardless of what we may claim!!

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