Ever since I was a kid, potato has been my favorite. I remember my mom’s sautéed potatoes (with just a bit of salt) that tasted so yummy with steamed rice and home-made ghee. I could eat that for every meal, no complaints:) And my second most favorite meal was steamed rice with pressure cooked tur dal (split pigeon pea lentils) with a pinch of salt and ghee. Lentils were my main source of protein- since I was raised in a strictly vegetarian household, I never had meat till I was 16 and started hanging out with friends who would eat nothing but chicken. My mom would also make me eat different vegetables as was growing up. I was very picky, though.
These days, when I see kids eating chicken or pizza ( frozen, heated in the microwave), chips, fries and a whole bunch of other processed foods, I think my diet as a kid was far more healthy, in spite of the extra starch and carbs. Everything was cooked from scratch and I thank my mom for that. And we were lucky also in the sense that we were never exposed to processed foods and sugary, fizzy colas as much, back then.
Is Potato A Vegetable?
Over the last several years I have been very conscious of my diet -I make sure I eat a lot of vegetables and limit my carbs, meat etc to the least amount possible (no, I cannot get rid of those completely). I used to think potato was a vegetable, but now I know better. It is rich in carbs and I’m very mindful of that. By definition, potatoes are starchy, enlarged modified stems called tubers, which grow on short branches called stolons from the lower parts of potato plants.
So to satisfy my potato craving, I occasionally make this delicious recipe. I make sure I leave the skin on ( potato skin contains a good amount of fiber, which moves slowly through the body undigested, promoting fullness and decreasing hunger) and use coconut oil for sautéing and that is a good way to consume potatoes (as compared to deep frying). Bell pepper is added later in this recipe, to ensure it retains the crunch and nutrition (bell pepper takes far less time to cook than potato, and doesn’t taste good if it gets mushy). Bell pepper adds a lot of flavor and some extra nutrition. Adding chili and coriander powder gives a delicious kick to this recipe!
Check out the recipe video here:
Don’t forget to check out our other delicious and nutritious recipes with bell peppers or potatoes : Stuffed Bell Peppers, South Indian Potato Curry, Raw Red Bell Pepper Soup, Sauteed Cabbage And Bell Pepper.