Sometimes I want to make a tasty side dish that I can start and forget about while I’m making the rest of my dinner. Anything roasted or baked tends to fall into this category. Throw it in the oven until it’s done! These potatoes were a big hit with us tonight, and I especially loved them because they were really simple to prepare.
Toasting the spices in the releases their flavor into the oil, and the fresh lemon juice does something magical to the whole thing. Not exactly a technical explanation, I know, but it balances the salt without being overpowering. Just trust me on this one!
I served the potatoes with naan and tamarind lentils, a test recipe for the PPK’s new cookbook. The lentils were tangy and sweet, perfect alongside the salty, lemony potatoes. I should eat more lentils, and this dish is a great way to accomplish that.
Thanks to Terry for the wonderful lentil recipe. I’m SO going to make this again in the future!
Three Spice Potatoes
15 oz Russet Potatoes (about three medium potatoes)
3 Tbs Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Black/Brown Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
Preheat oven to 400Âº F.
Scrub potatoes and leave skins on. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, then in half lengthwise again to form four long wedges. Cut each wedge in half widthwise to make chunks. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large, oven proof skillet that has a tight fitting lid. Add spices and salt and mix well, until the seeds begin to pop. Add lemon juice. When the bubbling subsides, add potatoes and toss well to coat with the oil and spices. Make sure the potatoes are resting on their cut sides (as opposed to their skins). Cover and place in the oven for 15 minutes.
Remove pan from oven and use a spatula to loosen potatoes from the bottom of the pan. Turn them so browned sides are up and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes, uncovered, or until potatoes are tender but still hold their shape.
When finished baking, squeeze a bit of extra lemon juice over the top and sprinkle with a dash of salt. Serve immediately.