Potatoes are my favorite comfort food—there are very few days of the month that I don’t enjoy them in some way or the other. I am sure it is the same for many of you. But far too often, potatoes are served with a scary amount of salt.
Lately, in an effort to reduce my sodium intake, I have hit upon some yummy ideas for cooking them without any salt at all.
Baked potatoes are delicious tossed in olive oil and minced garlic, with a light coating of with sage, rosemary, or thyme. I also like to give them an Indian touch by sprinkling finely chopped cilantro and mint leaves on top.
Boiled potatoes: crush them lightly with your fingers, and toss them in very warm olive oil and finely chopped garlic. Squeeze the juice of a lemon on the potatoes, and dust with freshly cracked black pepper. No salt required!
Potato soup can happily be flavored with chives or minced green onions and less salt.
Mashed potatoes can acquire a fresh new dimension of flavor with the addition of sour cream. I enjoy them with roasted garlic and a generous dash of paprika, too.
Feel like indulging in fries? Well, they are among the most dangerous foods on earth… But if you simply cannot resist the urge to fry up a batch, dip the potato fingers in a yogurt and garlic sauce. You won’t miss the salt.
Here’s another yummy idea: cut a boiled potato into small cubes, and stir into yogurt. Now add powdered cumin, chopped cilantro, and a little paprika. It’s satisfying and really delicious!