I love potatoes – I must have Irish blood running through me from some distant relative cause I love them all ways! One of the tastiest preparations for a while comes in the form of this great Middle Eastern dish. Crunchy little bites of potato combines with sweet onions and yellow banana peppers with fragrant garlic and coriander. Really tasty!
500g potatoes (peeled and cut into 1cm cubes)
100ml olive oil
1 onion (sliced)
3 cloves garlic (thinly sliced)
2 yellow banana peppers (or 1 yellow bell pepper) (cut into 3cm pieces)
1 long green chilli (seeded and thinly sliced)
2 teaspoons coriander seeds (crushed in a pestle & mortar)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
salt & pepper
Blanch the potatoes in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside to steam off the excess water.
Heat the oil over a medium heat in a large frying pan. When hot, add the potatoes and fry for 5-10 minutes until they’re just beginning to brown. Add the onion, garlic, peppers, chilli and coriander. Continue to fry the potatoes stirring once every minute to ensure everything gets a nice charring on each side. When the onions are soft, after about 3-4 minutes add the butter and let it sizzle for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat, season with salt & pepper and serve immediately.
I’ve eaten this on it’s own before, with nothing more than some slices of crusty of bread – but on this occasion I served it alongside the delicious Lamb Sharwarma, some garlic sauce and a simple tomato salad.