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Monday, November 17, 2014

Batata harra (Lebanese spicy potatoes) (vegan)

The Lebanese seem to have a place in their cuisine for many delicious vegetarian mains and sides, and one of them is Batata harra, a fiery dish of cubed potatoes, red peppers, cumin, coriander, chili and garlic, all fried together in olive oil. 
It's unbelievably delicious and hearty for a vegan dish (but also reasonably light), it tastes different and more flavorful than most well-known potato dishes you might be accustomed to, and it's ready in a pinch. Enjoy.

Last year: Spicy chorizo and chickpea soup (Spanish).
Two years ago: Chocolate chip cookies with salted butter (American).
Three years ago: Irish soda bread (buns) with mixed seeds.

Ingredients (serves 2):
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 of a small onion, diced
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 red chili pepper, minced (or 1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes)
  • 400-450 g potatoes, cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into small strips
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in frying pan and add the onion, sliced garlic, cumin, coriander and chili flakes. Fry them on low heat until softened and golden (and oh so very fragrant):

Add the potatoes and bell pepper and fry, covered, stirring once in a while, until the all is cooked and soft:

Season with salt and pepper to taste and transfer to serving bowls. It's done, dig in! :)

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