Fried (Oca) Potato Rice

By DK on Sep 10, 2012
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Do you need reasons to eat potatoes? And a fried one at that? Crispy, roasted potatoes....mmmm! Well, I certainly don't and this recipe today will prove it to you. More knowledge = greater awareness ; Cool gadgets = low calorie improvisations. Agreed? Right. That's what I do when I try antics like Oven roasting Potatoes,  Baking/Broiling Taro Root and using searing technique with traditional roast. Anything and everything to cut down some of the fat but get that impeccable taste of the fried ones. Like I said, anything goes!
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But at times, you have to let go and let the inner "you" take its rightful place. A place where you can munch on a fried potato without worrying about the consequences. Ahem! Does this seem too much PR for eating roasted potato? I thought so.  Anyways, I have been seeing these Oca Potatoes for a while at my Farmer's market and finally last week gave in to buying some.  I know, it looks weird right? But curiosity got the better of me and I finally gave in. But wow, am I glad. These are delicious. Though they lose their color when cooked, they taste slightly sweet. Reminded me of fried plantains (a type referred to as "Nentharanga" in Southern India)
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The idea for this recipe comes from my college mate's mom who made potatoes often for her lunchbox. Potato recipes of all kind and varieties. Given that they were always simple, I see why it made perfect lunchbox items, this being one of them. Though she called this Potato fried rice, it was not a typical "fried rice"  - the one that we Indians refer to. No soy sauce or vinegar or other yada yada Chinese stuff. Just simple masala typical to a South Indian household, rice and fried potatoes. Every time she brought it, she hardly got a bite of her own lunch thanks to rest of us :). I think her mother used some kind of store bought masala , something in the lines of  Pulao Masala, Channa Masala or some Subji Masala. I remember this familiar taste though years later, I have no recollection to what that masala could be. But irrespective of whatever masala you use, this dish will be a winner. It has roasted potatoes -  its a winner already!
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my kitchen notes

Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (abt 250 grams/9 oz) Oca Potatoes, see Tips
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups leftover cooked rice
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 Spring Onions/Scallions, sliced and white and greens separated
  • 1 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 1-2 green Chilies, or as per taste (optional)
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • Few Cilantro sprigs for garnish
    Additional Seasoning Suggestions
  • Abt 1 tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala, or as per taste see Tips
  • 1-2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tsp Coriander-Cumin Powder
  • Or any of you choice
Tips
1. Potatoes You can use any potatoes on hand. A regular potato will also work equally well for this recipe. Hey! Its Roasted Potatoes after all - what's not to like ;)
2. Pav Bhaji Masala: I am sure that Pav Bhaji masala box you got ages ago feels like an  Akshaya Patra. It never gets over and I am not one to make Pav Bhaji often. So I use it in other dishes like Tawa Pulao and similar dishes. I think I added around 3 tsp for this recipe. You can use any of the suggested seasoning or something of your choice. Its a simple recipe, make it your own :)
Method
1
Wash and clean the potatoes. Remove any bruises (and these tend to have some serious ones!) and slice them.
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2
Steam them for around 6-7 minutes
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3
or until tender enough to be able to prick through a knife.
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4
Add around 1-2 tbsp of oil in a  hot skillet. Now add the steamed potatoes. The amount of oil will depend on your "generosity" and the kind of skillet you are using. You will need this amount if using a cast iron skillet whereas just about 1 tbsp might be enough for a non stick skillet.
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5
Roast them until crispy and browned - takes about 8-10 minutes. (And if you have a lousiest electric stove like I do - it will take you for EVER!)
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6
Remove the potatoes and drop them on a paper towel to remove excess oil if any. Sprinkle some salt immediately over them. Keep aside.
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7
In the same skillet (no need to add oil), add the cumin seeds. When it starts to get aromatic and splutters, add the onions, spring onions and chilies (if using) along with little salt (remember there is some salt already in the potatoes). Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for another minute or two.
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8
Next add the seasoning of you choice and cook for another few seconds. Next goes the cooked rice.
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9
Give it a mix until combined.
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10
Add the fried potatoes next.
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11
Mix well and close with a lid for 1 minute or so in low flame. This is for the flavors to mingle.
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Serve hot, garnished with spring onion greens and cilantro. You can serve it with a simple raita and a papad. Easy Rice recipe with fried potatoes | Simple Rice Recipes
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20 Responses to “Fried (Oca) Potato Rice”
  1. stinkfist

    :wink: potatoes won’t crisp? Use about 4 times as much oil as you think you should

  2. ida franklin

    :lol: I love this potato rice especially my kids it is very easy &quick to make. Thank u for the recipe.

  3. anu

    really yummy recipe ..nd itz vry easy to prepare it fot the initial cooking beginers .. :)

  4. Anu

    Made this yday after seeing your post on FB! :) Keep it coming girl!

  5. jacob titus

    Thanks for the receipe.The food came out well…we love it!!!

  6. Madhu.P

    Thanks a lot for this yummy recipe..gonna make it now… :) :) :wink: :wink:

  7. Abeer

    :-P i made them once and wow! YUMMY! everybody was praising me :-D Best thing when u r hungry! i am gonna make it again today! nice recipie. Thanks 4 sharing love it!

  8. :wink: …i’m making it right now as we speak

  9. CS

    :wink: Looks really yummy. Kids will love anything done with ” ALU” :-D

  10. how cute they look! like young fresh ginger… never knew of this variety of potatos… the rice looks so yum

  11. RAMYA MATANGY

    A TASTY RECIPE NEW TO ME !THANK YOU CHEF

  12. Very nice.., never tried this way. kids would love this rice !

  13. Jayashree Venkat
  14. cmw

    In New Zealand they are known as yams and are usually roasted.Thanks for the recipe,I love your food.

  15. Never thought of adding fried potato before. I think it will definitely enhance the taste of the rice.

  16. Bhairavi

    Mouthwatering! Will try this with Sweet potato and biryani-pulao masala :)

  17. I remember Ma making this thing for lunch!! Looks awesome DK!

  18. Jayashree Venkat

    hello there,Do we get this type of potato in :arrow: mumbai?if not can i use the baby potatoes in this dish :cry: ?looks simple but an alternate to left over rice.Thanks for the recipe post. :-P

    Any potatoes like I mention in my tips section –DK

  19. OMG! This reminds me of a friend who used to bring YUMMY potato rice!! Now I have to make it…

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