Baked potatoes with cheese (Aloo Gauranga)

This is a very easy and nice vegetarian dish of potatoes and cheese, without eggs. In Vedic cuisine it is called Aloo Gauranga or simply Gauranga. Aloo means potato, while Gauranga means golden. Because of turmeric Gauranga potato has golden tint which gave the name to the dish. There are many variations on this recipe. Let`s cook one of them.

To cook vegetarian Gauranga Potatoes, we need:

Potatoes – 1 kilogram

Paneer or cottage cheese – 350 grams

Fresh raw ginger – 30-50 grams (or 0,5 teaspoon ginger powder)

Black mustard seeds – 1,5 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/3 teaspoon

Ground black pepper – 1/4 teaspoon

Ground coriander – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – 0,5 tablespoon or to taste

Sour cream – 500 grams

Water – 0,5 cup

Clarified butter (ghee) or butter – 1,5 tablespoon (30 grams)

Butter or oil to grease the baking tin

Method:

Step 1. Wash the potatoes. Cook the potatoes with skin till it’s a bit cooked. It can take 10-20 minutes depending on the kind of the potato and its size. The potatoes should be rather hard but easy to peel. Let it cool.

Step 2. Peel the potato and cut it into slices of about 3 millimetres.

Step 3.  Grate the paneer.

Step 4. Make the sauce. In a saucepan mix sour cream with water and salt.

Step 5. Peel fresh raw ginger and grate it. Skip this step if you use ginger powder.

Step 6. Make masala (masala means blend of ground spices). Put the necessary spices in some dish and stand it near the cooker. In some saucepan heat the ghee or butter. When ghee becomes hot enough add mustard seeds. Let them cook for several seconds until they start cracking and emitting nutty smell. Add ground spices and cook for several seconds. Add grated ginger and cook for several seconds. If you use ginger powder, add it together with other ground spices. When masala is ready pour it in the sour cream and mix well.

Step 7. Grated potatoes, paneer and sour cream sauce divide into three parts. Grease the baking tin with some oil or butter and put one part of the potatoes. Put a layer of paneer and pour the sauce. This is the first layer. Make two more layers. It should be 3 layers.

Step 8. Cover the baking tin with sheet of foil and put it into the oven. Bake 45-60 minutes at 180’C. When the potato is almost ready take off the foil and bake 15 minutes more. The baking time may differ depending on the kind of potatoes and technical characteristics of your oven.

Gauranga potatoes is ready!

Yield: 7-8 servings.

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