Richa Hingle’s Bombay Potatoes & Peas
October 27, 2017

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Usually I do most of my cooking for the week over the weekend. This is a sensible strategy, except when it isn’t: sometimes grad school stuff piles up, or I’ve made more plans than usual, or I just need a break from the kitchen.

At these times, it’s a joy to enter the weekend with something already batch cooked. I prefer for it to be something that’s versatile enough for me to turn it into lunch or dinner, depending on my mood, something hearty and wholesome, and something so flavorful that I can enjoy the leftovers again and again without getting bored. This weekend, Richa Hingle’s Bombay potatoes & peas have me covered.

I don’t think Richa needs an introduction from me; her blog, Vegan Richa, is one of the most beloved vegan food resources on the web. Richa’s recipes are, in no particular order, accessible, playful, reliable, healthful, colorful, and comforting. Her first cookbook, Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen, taught me so much about authentic Indian food, including how to use carefully crafted spice blends for tempering.

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Richa’s new book, Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen, channels some of the same techniques as her first. Once again, recipes are centered around spice blends and seasoning, but in this book the focus is explicitly on sauces.

Richa calls these “awesome sauces,” and she uses them to simmer, sauté, and season creative mixtures of legumes and vegetables. A small sampling of the awesome sauces on offer in the book includes Almond Sriracha Sauce, Buffalo Sauce, Butter Masala Sauce, Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce, Makhani Sauce, Peanut Butter Sauce, Smoky Cheese Sauce, and Tinga Sauce. There are many, many more, each marked with a special “awesome sauce” label.

It’s such a smart technique for organizing a cookbook. Sauces are important in any cuisine, but I’ve always felt that they can do a special amount of heavy lifting with plant-based food, elevating seemingly simple plates of greens and beans and grains to new flavor heights. And Richa is a master of this process.

The book is divided into sections according to sauces and their flavor profiles: peanut butter & coconut, sweet & sour, masala & saag, and buffalo & firecracker. Richa also has some chapters devoted to types of foods, like burgers and pizzas and desserts. I’m always struck by how intentional and precise Richa’s recipes are; you have the sense that they’ve been tested over and over, until they’re just right. And the recipes here are no exception.

What I love most about the book is how flexible it is. Richa suggests making a couple sauces at the start of the week and using them in a number of recipes—either those she’s created, or other simple combinations. She also suggests mixing and matching sauces and the things they’re paired with in her book, and I can definitely imagine that it would be easy to swap, say, her peanut sauce for her butter masala sauce for her Red Lentils in Peanut Butter Sauce, or trade the Spinach Curry Sauce for Berbere Sauce with her Chickpeas and Potatoes in Spinach Curry Sauce.

And it’s worth making clear that the book goes well beyond sauces and stews: it includes such comfort food as Black Pepper Cheesy Mac and Broccoli, Alfredo Spinach Pizza, Easiest Black Bean Burgers, and Salted Date Caramel Pie. (Holy yum to that last one!)

I’m excited to truly dig into all of the recipes, but I wanted to start with something simple, comforting, and and filling. I chose Richa’s Bombay Potatoes & Peas, which are made with whole mustard and cumin seeds, as well as coriander, turmeric, and lots of garlic in a rich tomato sauce. The dish has all of Richa’s flavor-forward, bold fingerprint, but it’s ready in about 30 minutes. It’s a perfect versatile side, easy to pair with tofu or chickpeas, and it’s especially lovely for scooping up with flatbread.

I chose to serve it with my homemade chapatis, quick pickled onion, cilantro, and some of my apple raisin chutney. But I’ve also got a pot of cooked basmati rice ready to go, so that I can serve it that way. I’d also love to try it with my creamy cashew raita. True to her words, Richa’s given me a super versatile, mix-and-match recipe, and I’m grateful to have it.

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Bombay Potatoes & Peas

Author - Richa Hingle
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons organic safflower or other neutral oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 small red onion finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato coarsely chopped
  • 7 cloves garlic*
  • 1 1-inch [3cm] knob fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala or more to taste
  • 3 medium Yukon gold potatoes cut into 1/2-inch [1cm] pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1 cup 240ml water, or more as needed
  • 1 cup 160g fresh or thawed frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup 10g finely chopped cilantro
  • Fresh lemon juice to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin and mustard seeds. Cook until the cumin seeds change color, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the onion and cook until it is translucent, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a blender, blend the tomato, garlic, and ginger into a coarse puree. Add the tomato mixture, turmeric, cayenne, coriander, ground cumin, and garam masala to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the puree thickens and the garlic is fragrant, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes, salt, and water. Cover the skillet and cook for 10 to 11 minutes. Add the peas. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for another 10 to 12 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked to your preference. Add additional water if the potatoes start to stick or if you prefer more curry. Add the cilantro and lemon juice (if using).

Notes

*I reduced garlic to 4 cloves.

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If you’re ready to welcome some of Richa’s signature sauces and easy plant-based recipes into your life, then I’m happy to tell you that Richa and her publisher are generously offering a giveaway copy of the cookbook to a lucky US or Canadian reader of this blog. You can enter below to qualify, and I’ll be picking a winner two weeks from today.

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I can’t think of better comfort food than a hearty bowl of potatoes and peas. I left my batch on the thicker side, cooking it down until it wasn’t at all soupy anymore, and I’ve been loving it that way (easier to scoop up with bread). But it’s easy to add more liquid for something that’s looser and better for pouring onto a hot bed of rice.

No matter how you serve it, enjoy the recipe, and I’ll be back in a couple days with some links.

xo

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    42 Comments
  1. Richa’s recipes are so great!! I am really happy that I found your blog! I love cooking so much. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe with all of us. Much Love and Regards.

  2. Sort of homemade- I always loved the hot sauce my boss would make when I worked at a restaurant. I tried to recreate it but failed. Not sure how. It was pretty simple- just sweet peppers, hot peppers, beer, boiled, and pureed. I use that as a sauce and dressing.

  3. Favorite homemade sauce has got to be vegan cheese sauce…there is a recipe in oh she glow’ s newest cookbook for an all purpose cheese sauce that my husband and I are obsessed with

  4. 5 stars
    Wow… This BOMBAY POTATOES & PEAS looks so delicious & amazing really. In so love with this recipe. I can’t wait to try my hand at this lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing this recipe with all of us. Looking forward to more amazing recipes like this. Best wishes and Regards.

  5. This recipe looks so warm and inviting, I can’t wait to try it. My favorite sauce would be mushroom gravy, so simple to make and goes great on mash potatoes.

  6. We have always loved getting take-out from our favorite local Indian place near us, but it has been a long term goal to master home cooked Indian. You make it sound so manageable! This looks like such a wonderful dish to begin with, and I am imagining it would be so good with cauliflower as well. Your homemade chapatis look beautiful and makes the perfect accompaniment.

  7. The sauce I make the most is definitely plain old tahini-lemon juice, thinned with some water if I want it to be pourable. Simple, and it tastes good on just about anything 🙂

  8. Richa’s recipes are so great! We can always do with more awesome sauces, so it’s really interesting that her book centers them.
    One sauce I’ve recreated from something I had tasted in a restaurant is a ginger-tahini sauce. It’s a wonderful flavor combo, and makes for a very versatile sauce!

  9. Looks incredible, think I’ll make this for dinner tonight. I too am in the thick of it with my final grad school class, and feeling under inspired and overwhelmed. Juggling kids, household, teaching, and writing a capstone. It’s comfort food like this that makes me feel warmth and content. My go to sauce is simple and tasty with so many things – potatoes, black beans, sweet potatoes, toast…it is a whole bunch of cilantro, one jalapeño (seeds and all), sea salt, juice of one lime, olive oil and enough water to make things all blend together.

  10. My favourite homemade sauce is cashew alfredo! I like making mine with the broth from dried mushrooms!

  11. Yum!!! Just wondering why you reduced the amount of garlic when you made the recipe? I love garlic and was going to use all seven, but thought I’d ask before cooking. Thanks!! 🙂

    • Purely for taste! I like garlic, but I tend to be more moderate with it than some home cooks. I’m sure 7 is perfect for many taste buds 🙂

      • I totally get that! A lot of my family members are not into using quite as much garlic as my hubby and I. But I cooked this last night just for the two of us and used all 7 cloves. It was yummy!! ☺

  12. Two favorite homemade sauces: Dan Dan Sauce from The Splendid Table’s recipe for Dan Dan Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms. And Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo using coconut milk from Vegan Yumminess’ blog.

  13. What a great review of this book. I have Richa’s first book and would love to get a copy of this one. I haven’t made many homemade sauces but I’d have to say a version of pesto is one of my favorites for now.

  14. 5 stars
    Thank you for the wonderful write up and review Gena. And the gorgeous photos of the bombay potatoes! I am glad you like the collection of recipes and the organization in the book.

  15. My favorite sauce is a garlic-packed tahini-based number, but I definitely want to expand my repertoire!