Baby Food: First Potato Curry

July 23, 2010

pureed potato curry

For the first thirty something years of his life, my brother pretended like he didn’t eat mustard seeds.  My family is South Indian and mustard seeds are a main ingredient of the tempering which is a base for most South Indian foods.  What this means is that for thirty something years, my mom and dad had to make special portions for my brother.  He didn’t eat mustard seeds.  He didn’t eat spicy food.  Not that long ago, he confided to me that he had made it up (something tells me that things which someone confides to you should never be the subject of a public post).

So they would make two of everything.  Or alter age old recipes.  Neither of which seems ideal to me.  It’s hard enough to find time to cook dinner.  I don’t think I can find time to cook dinner twice.

My third spice to introduce Surya to was garam masala.  The story of garam masala goes something like this in our kitchen:

Rajat: Should we add garam masala?

Me: You don’t put garam masala in that.

Rajat: Are you sure?  You’re not supposed to even put a little in it?

Me: No.  No garam masala.  Don’t add any.  It doesn’t need garam masala.

So of course she had to love it.  And she did.  She gobbled this down with a little dollop of creamy yogurt.  A true little desi baby.  If I had made more of this, I would have taken a bowl for myself, added a little salt and a pinch more garam masala and joined her.

first potato curry

First Potato Curry

4-5 medium tender white potatoes or Russet potatoes
1 small tomato, diced (about 1/4 cup chopped)
Sprinkle of garam masala

Peel the potatoes and finely dice them.  Dice the tomato.  In a wide skillet, heat about a teaspoon of cooking oil.  Add the potatoes and cook, covered partially about 10 minutes until tender.  Add the tomatoes and cook for another 3-4 minutes until the tomatoes wilt.  Sprinkle with garam masala.  Puree in a food processor or using a hand blender or food mill.  Potatoes can become gluey if you puree too much so a quick whir is sufficient.

This First Potato Curry freezes well in the ice cube method and mixes well with Peas with Cumin and Coriander.

chopped potatoesThanks to everyone for the encouragement to keep posting baby food recipes on Hungry Desi.  There’ll still be lots of big people food here of course…but baby food too, which the big people will want to share with the babies!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

chitra July 24, 2010 at 11:59 am

Wow, its looking gr8:)


Srimathi July 24, 2010 at 9:11 pm

The potato curry looks yummy. I have not tried it with Garam masala. Will do that some time soon.


Weight Loss Tips July 29, 2010 at 9:59 am

Nice recipe! Cute story about your brother, really funny that you have posted it for all to see, I think the secret is out.


tibik July 30, 2010 at 7:01 pm

That is one lucky baby!!!!!! Very ingenious.


Prerna@IndianSimmer August 13, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Hey thr,
Just stumbled upon your blog. I have an 11 month old and found it very interesting to see someone else doing the experiments with palette just like we do at our home 🙂
Lovely space you have around here and Surya is a beautiful name!
Lots of luck and happy blogging!


nithya August 23, 2010 at 11:10 pm

@prerna – feeding Surya is one of my favorite things. I hope you are sharing your food experiments with your 11 month old on your blog. Can’t wait to hear about them.


maheen May 31, 2011 at 1:22 am

Hi! Please give me some yummy recipes for my 7 month old. He just doesn’t eat! Can u email them to me? Thanks.


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