Boiling a potato is one of the healthiest ways to enjoy it. Besides the carbs that give it all that bad press, the humble spud comes loaded with Vitamin C, potassium, iron, fiber, Vitamin B6, and trace minerals. As for the carbs, your body needs them for brain and muscle health. The best news: a cooked new potato contains a meager 26 calories.
Besides, boiled potatoes are so versatile! I always keep some in my fridge to be able to dish up a quick salad, snack, or curry, without an iota of guilt. Sharing 3 simple and good-for-you ideas with you:
- Hot Minty Potatoes:
Mix finely chopped mint leaves, cilantro leaves, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon juice in a bowl, with salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Boil potatoes, break them by hand, and toss them in the mixture. Enjoy hot! I like to mash them lightly with a fork and spread them on hot whole wheat toast—no butter required!
- Quick & Delish Potato Curry:
Boil 4 medium-sized potatoes, peel, and break them by hand. Set aside. In a pan, heat 1 tbsp. oil or ghee and pop 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds in it. When the seeds start crackling, toss in 2 grated tomatoes, 1 tbsp. freshly ground ginger-garlic paste, ½ tsp. turmeric, salt, and cayenne pepper powder to taste. Fry until the oil leaves the sides of the tomato paste. Add the potato pieces and lightly stir to coat them with the masala thoroughly. After a couple of minutes, add two cups of water to the pan, bring it to a boil, and simmer for a few more minutes. Sprinkle freshly chopped cilantro leaves on the curry and enjoy it with bread, tortillas or rice.
- Easy Peasy Peas & Potatoes:
In a deep pan, put 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Crackle ½ tsp. cumin seeds in the oil, and put in the peas. Stir-fry for a few minutes, adding salt to your taste. When the peas are tender, put in 4 boiled potatoes that have been cut into small cubes, and stir them well. Place the veggies on slow simmer to let the potatoes become flecked with golden color—this makes them crispy and intensifies the flavor. To spice things up, you can add a finely chopped green chilli or two, or cayenne pepper powder. Wash it down with a glass of buttermilk.