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Mustard Oil and Indian Spices – an Awesome Combination!


The reason why many chefs love Mustard Oil is that it enhances, heightens and reinforces the flavour of the other spices that are used in a recipe. To demonstrate this, here is a recipe in which simple everyday spices like coriander, red chilli powder and asafoetida are brought alive by Mustard Oil.

The ingredients that you will require are:

  1. Potatoes: 500 grams

  2. Yogurt (Dahi): 250 grams

  3. Mustard Oil: 2 tablespoon

  4. Coriander (Dhania) Powder: 1 teaspoon

  5. Red Chilli Powder: 1 teaspoon

  6. Asafoetida (Heeng): Just a pinch

  7. Salt: to taste

  8. Coriander (Dhania) Leaves: For garnishing


Wash, peel and boil the potatoes and cut them into medium-sized pieces.

Wash and coarsely chop the coriander leaves.


In a bowl mix the boiled potato pieces, yogurt, coriander powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix well.

Heat the Mustard Oil in a pan on a Medium flame. When the oil reaches its smoking point add the asafoetida. Once the aroma of the asafoetida wafts up, add the mixture of potatoes, yogurt and spices.

Fry for around five minutes till the potatoes are well done.

Remove the pan from the flame and transfer the contents to a serving dish. Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves.

This dish is usually eaten with Roti or Puri. As you enjoy your meal be sure to notice how the flavour of the Mustard Oil accentuates and heightens the effect of the spices on your taste buds.

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