This dish is inspired by aloo chaat, an Indian street food that has many regional variations, all of which are not for the faint-hearted because they are loaded with sweet and sour and a fair bit of crunch. This is a slightly tamer version, though still pretty 'noisy', both in flavour and looks. It’s absolutely perfect for a weekend lunch, alongside other vegetables, or as a side with roasted lamb or chicken.
Chaat masala is the slightly tangy spice mix that gives this dish its distinctive flavour. It gets its sharpness from amchoor, dried mango powder, which is used widely in Indian cooking as a souring agent. You’d recognise the flavour from samosas and pakoras, where it is often used.
Both the coriander chutney and the tamarind sauce are great condiments to have on hand to brighten up sandwiches and wraps, to spoon over eggs, or to serve alongside tofu or fish. Double or triple them, if you like – the coriander chutney will keep in the fridge for up to a week and the tamarind sauce for up to two weeks.
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 40 minutes
Four, as a side
- 750g baby new potatoes, cut lengthways into 1cm-thick slices
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp chaat masala
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- 250g Greek-style yogurt
- ½ small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds on a mandolin, or by hand
- 1 green chilli, thinly sliced into rounds
- 1½ tsp coriander seeds, toasted
- 1½ nigella seeds, toasted
For the coriander chutney
- 30g fresh coriander
- 1 green chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 60ml olive oil
For the sweet tamarind dressing
- 1½ tbsp shop-bought tamarind paste, or double if you're extracting it yourself from pulp
- 1½ tsp caster sugar
- ¼ tsp chaat masala
- Preheat the oven to 240C/220C fan/Gas 8.
- Put the potatoes and two teaspoons of salt into a medium saucepan and top with enough cold water to cover by about 4cm. Place on a medium high heat, bring to the boil, then simmer for six minutes, or until they're almost cooked through but still retain a bite. Drain through a sieve and pat dry, then transfer to a large parchment-lined baking tray and toss with the oil, chaat masala, turmeric, a third of a teaspoon of salt and a good grind of black pepper. Roast, stirring once or twice, for 35 minutes, or until deeply golden.
- Meanwhile, make the coriander chutney. Put all the ingredients and a quarter of a teaspoon or salt into the small bowl of a food processor and blitz until smooth. Set aside until needed.
- For the tamarind dressing, whisk together all the ingredients in a small bowl with one and a half teaspoons of water and set aside.
- Spread the yogurt out on a large round serving platter. Top with the coriander chutney, swirling it through without complete incorporating. Drizzle with half the tamarind dressing, and top with the potatoes, onion and chilli. Drizzle over the remaining tamarind, then sprinkle over the seeds and serve.
Recipe from Flavour by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage (Ebury, £27). Order a copy from books.telegraph.co.uk.