A delectable stir fried potato recipe with the subtle use of mild Ceylon Cinnamon also known ala thel dala in Sri Lanka. The idea is to create a total flavor combination where Cinnamon is undetectable but contributes to the whole. The infusion of lime and hot Paprika plus the savory taste of Ceylon cinnamon creates a mouth watering taste sensation.
A really key ingredient is dried Maldive fish, which is dried tuna fish. It too imparts another great flavor profile. If you don´t have dried Maldive fish (get it from an Indian store), you can use small dried shrimp which works equally well. And while a Ceylon cinnamon stick is preferred for this recipe you can also use Ceylon Cinnamon powder.
Serve with eggs and suasages for breakfast or with a meat and vegetable dish for lunch or even dinner. Take out the Paprika and chili if serving for kids and it is still good. But a dash of hot works better.
Prep Time : 10 minutes
Cook time : 15 minutes (excludes potatoes boiling time)
Serves : 4 people
- 3 boiled potatoes – cut into chunks
1 onion (chopped or sliced
- 1 ½ tsp. black mustard seeds
- 2 tbls. lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoons hot Hungarian Paprika (Or Chilli powder)
- 4 pieces dried red chillies
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- 4 – 5 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1x3 inch cinnamon piece (1/4 tsp. Ceylon Cinnamon powder)
- 5 – 6 curry leaves
- 1 tbsp. salt
- 4 – 5 teaspoons Maldive fish – optional
- 1 tbsp. of garlic (Optional)
- Finely chop the curry leaves
- Slice or chop the onions
- Add 1 piece of Ceylon Cinnamon, and the coconut oil to a deep pan and heat on medium heat for 5 minutes
- While the oil is heating mix onion, turmeric, garlic, hot Paprika, Chill pieces, salt, Maldive fish, curry leaves and lime juice
- Once the oil is hot black mustard seeds and let it pop. About 10-15 seconds
- Then add the onion mixture and fry the it for 5 minutes
- Then mix the onion again and fry for another 5 minutes until golden brown
- Add the potatoes and let it fry for another 5 minutes stirring every minute or so.
- Service with breakfast eggs and sausages, or rice and curry at dinner or even just eat it plain like a potatoes salad.
There are 3 ingredients in this dish that are said to help with Diabetes which are Ceylon Cinnamon, Turmeric and curry leaves.
WHY CEYLON CINNAMON
Unlike ordinary Cassia Cinnamon you find in the stores, Ceylon Cinnamon has low Coumarin
levels, so it won't damage your liver, especially if you are a regular Cinnamon tea drinker. Besides Ceylon Cinnamon is mild, yet slightly sweeter. It is not spicy like store bought Cassia Cinnamon, but has hints of cloves and citrus with wonderful subtle aroma.
Ceylon Cinnamon is subtle and adds to create a more complex flavors. You would never know there is Ceylon Cinnamon in this dish, unlike Cassia Cinnamon which tends to be harsh and immediately makes its presence felt and often ruins the recipe.