Roasted New Potatoes With Garlic and Tamarind
In this recipe, roasted potatoes are paired with classic flavors used in Western and Indian cooking: butter and garlic, the fruity acidity of tamarind and lime juice, and the sweetness of date syrup. The potatoes are sliced and cooked in a pot of salted water, which helps them develop a thin crust and creamy interior when roasted. They make a great side to almost any meal, and can easily take the place of a breakfast hash. The shallots here carry a milder bite, but a red onion can be substituted for a stronger taste. Do stick to tamarind paste, and avoid using thick, syrupy tamarind concentrates. They lack tamarind’s fruitiness and carry a noticeable artificial aftertaste.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1 ½pounds yellow new potatoes, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in width
- Kosher salt
- 1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1teaspoon ground cumin
- 2tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2garlic cloves, peeled and grated
- 2tablespoons tamarind paste (not concentrate)
- 1tablespoon date syrup, honey or maple syrup
- 1teaspoon lime juice
- 1medium shallot, peeled and minced
- 2scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced
- 2tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1green chile, such as a serrano or Thai chile, minced (optional)
Step 1Heat oven to 425 degrees and place a rack in the top third of the oven.
Step 2Scrub the potatoes under running water to remove any grit or dirt. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and place them in a medium saucepan. Fill the saucepan with enough water to cover them by 1 inch. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for another 6 minutes until easily pierced with a sharp knife but still firm.
Step 3Drain the water and place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt. Drizzle the oil and sprinkle the cumin over the potatoes, and toss to coat well. In a roasting pan or baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, spread the potatoes out, cut-side up. Roast on the upper rack of the oven, flipping halfway through roasting, until they turn golden brown and crispy, about 35 minutes.
Step 4As the potatoes cook, mix the butter and garlic in a small bowl. Two or three minutes before the potatoes are done, pour the butter-garlic mixture over the potatoes and turn off the oven. Return the pan to the oven to cook in the residual heat for 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to let the garlic burn. Remove the pan from the oven, and transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl.
Step 5In a small bowl, mix the tamarind paste, date syrup and lime juice. When ready to serve, pour the mixture over the potatoes and toss to coat well. Top with the shallots, scallions, cilantro and green chile, if using. Serve warm.