Spicy Mushroom Potato Sabji


Something life changing happened last week. We got a mattress topper. I thought our bed was nice as it was but oh Lordy…comfort levels have now been taken to the upper echelons of the slumber world. And as much as I am loving the ridiculous amount of snuggly cosiness this new topper has brought into my life, it seems to have simultaneously introduced a problem. You know when you look at the clock and realise you were supposed to be somewhere 10 minutes ago…yeah that. I can no longer get out of bed in the mornings! 


I went through a similar experience over the weekend where I woke up late and I had to leave the house asap. Whilst getting ready I realised I was starving and wouldn’t get home till late. I started pondering over what I could make. Okay Monica, think quick food. Cereal? Out of milk. Eggs? Nada. Sandwich? No bread..or filling for that matter. I hurried downstairs and opened the door to a relatively bare looking fridge (it had been one of those weeks). I saw pomegranate, and baby button mushrooms. I picked the latter. I then opened the pantry and saw onions & potatoes. Boom. I had an idea. Ten minutes later I had a spicy mushroom & potato sabji. I wrapped it in a chapati and gobbled it up in seconds. It was delicious! I’d like to think it didn’t have anything to do with my hunger as I was craving it when I got home and made it all over again for dinner.

Quick, simple, easy and spicy! Have a go. 

Oh before I sign off, just a quick thank you to you guys as Spice Diary was recently ranked in the top 50 food blogs in India. Thanks for your support lovely people! <3


Spicy Mushroom & Potato Sabji
Serves 2
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  1. 75g button mushrooms, washed & cut in half
  2. 3 small potatoes, washed
  3. 1 small red onion, sliced
  4. 2 tbsp olive oil
  5. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  6. 1 birds eye green chilli, whole
  7. 1 tsp salt (or according to taste)
  8. 1 tsp sambar masala
  9. handful fresh coriander
  1. Place potatoes in a plastic bag and tie a knot. Pierce a hole and place in microwave. Cook on highest power setting for 7 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly. Then cut into 2" chunks.
  2. Whilst potatoes are cooking, heat oil in a pan. When hot, add the cumin. Th cumin should splatter immediately. Now add the onions, chilli and mushrooms.
  3. Sauté for 30 seconds, then add the salt and sambar masala. Mix well and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  4. Now add the cooked potatoes, and mix. Cook for another minute and add the coriander. Mix.
  5. Check for salt and adjust accordingly. Remove from heat & enjoy!
  1. 1) Sambar masala is a spicy, tangy spice blend available at all Indian grocery shops. I have also seen it in some supermarkets in the worldwide section so worth checking!
  2. 2) When cooking potatoes, some microwaves have different power intensities, so just check potatoes are cooked by cutting through them with a knife.
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Rajasthani Spicy Potatoes


I feel pretty blessed to have had the opportunity to travel to India so much whilst growing up. Up to the age of 16, my family and I made an annual trip to the motherland without fail! I’m also lucky that I have family that live all over India from Delhi in the north all the way to Pondicherry in the south. For those of you have visited this amazing, cultured and vibrant, country you will know how vast of a nation it is and how much everything can change as you travel from state to state. From the language to the culture and most importantly (to me anyway!) the cuisine, every region has its own stamp which marks it identity. If asked to answer, I don’t know if I could declare a favorite type of Indian cuisine of mine but with the frequency we travelled to Rajasthan (my Mum’s home state) I can safely say I have grown very found of the flavours and style of cooking this beautiful and majestic region has created! This Rajasthani potato dish is a favourite of my Mum’s and has now become one of mine too. Using fragrant ingredients such as curry leaves, mustard seeds and cumin, this dish is so deliciously satisfying served with chappatis, naan or puris. Try it out and as always, comments are appreciated :).

Serves 4-6

What we need:
3 tbsp Olive oil
6 medium sized potatoes, boiled and cut into 1″ chunks
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Coriander seeds, crushed
Pinch of Asafoetida powder
3″ fresh ginger, grated
1 Green chilli, finely chopped
1/2 cup Yoghurt
1.5 tsp salt or according to taste
1 tsp Garam masala
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Paprika powder
2 tbsp Tomato puree
Handful fresh coriander

How we do:

  • Place the yoghurt in a bowl. Now add the salt, garam masala, turmeric and paprika powder and mix well.
  • Heat the oil in a wide open non stick pan. Once hot, add the curry leaves, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, mustard seeds and asafoetida.
  • Once they begin to splatter slightly, add the ginger and chilli. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the ginger begins to brown.
  • Once fully golden, add the yoghurt paste gradually, a little bit at a time. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring continuously on a low-medium heat.
  • Now add mix in the tomato puree. Once mixed, add the potatoes , fresh coriander and 3 cups of water. Place a lid on the pan and bring to boil. Simmer for 5 minutes and turn off the heat. Check for salt and adjust according to your taste.
  • You’re all done! Tastes amazingly good with hot puris or chappatis. Enjoy.
  • m3