Potala Rasa (Oriya Cuisine)

Potala Rasa (Oriya Cuisine)
Potala (Parwal) is very famous in Orissa. It is prepared in many different ways since it is available in plenty. Potala Rasa is one such famous food cooked very frequently in every Oriya Kitchen. Potala is cooked with potato. Oriya cuisine is famous for being prepared in a healthy way. The vegetables are cooked with less spices, less oil and yet very delicious. Vegetables are very rarely deep fried. I always wonder why is Oriya is not very famous like any other cuisine in India..!!

What You Need:

8-10 potala peeled and cut into half. Remove the seeds if they are yellow in color.
2 small potatoes peeled and cut into 4 halves
1 big onion
1 green chili
3 garlic pods
¼ inch ginger
1 cinnamon
2 green cardamom
1 tomato chopped
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp red chili powder
1 tsp coriander powder
4 tsp oil

Steps To Make:

Make a paste of onion, ginger, garlic, green chili , cinnamon and cardamom
Heat 1 tsp oil in a kadai and add potala.
Cover and cook for 10 minutes on low flame till it becomes soft.
Remove cover and mix the vegetable to prevent from burning.
Repeat the same for potatoes as well.
Heat 2 tsp oil in kadai . Add bay leaf and cumin seeds.
Add onion paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add all powdered spices and cook for 2 minutes more.
Add chopped tomatoes and cook till its soft and pulpable.
Add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil .
Add potala and potato. Add salt and cook on high for 10 minutes.
Serve with roti/rice.