New potato, coconut & shallots

by Meera Sodha

Spiced potatoes with a sticky coconut glaze

Coconut, shallots and curry leaves are the leading ingredients in south India and together they make a great team. My favourite part of this recipe is adding the coconut milk and reducing it so that it becomes a sticky glaze which coats each and every potato. This can be eaten hot or cold.


1kg new potatoes, washed
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
10 curry leaves
5 big banana shallots, finely sliced
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
3cm ginger, peeled and grated
100ml coconut milk 


Place the potatoes in a pan of water and bring to the boil. Simmer for around 10 mins or until the potatoes are tender. Drain and leave to one side to cool. When cool enough to handle, halve the potatoes.

In a large frying pan, heat the oil over a medium to high heat and when hot add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves. When the seeds start to wriggle, add the shallots and cook until they turn golden, then add the garlic and ginger.

Cook for another 3 mins then add the potatoes and ¾ tsp salt. Turn up the heat and fry the potatoes hard for a few mins until they brown a little. Add the coconut milk and keep folding the mixture until the coconut milk evaporates to a glaze, then take off the heat.

Recipe: Meera Sodha
Images: John Holdship