Potato curry (Aloo)

Potatoe Curry! Hearthy bowl of veggies to warm the rainy day!


I haven’t been posting for awhile. Awhile meaning more than a week is long for me. I’ve had things on my mind, my kids have been ill, nothing too heavy, thank heavens, but I tended to it and it kept me away. Then I got ill, nothing heavy too, some strange virus that kept me in bed for a weekend. I couldn’t move, eat or anything, just slept and ached my every muscle in between. I don’t know what that was but it was stopped when they called me to work. I have to go to work when the state calls me. So I got up and went to work.

I’m no secret agent in fight for justice with secret tasks and dark suits and stuff, if you thought so. But certanly as serious and responsible as that. I’m a primary school teacher. So the first grade classroom full of kids was waiting for their substitute teacher so I forgot I was aching my every muscle and immediately drove to a willage nearby.

I thought I wouldn’t be teaching anymore. I said I won’t teach anymore. I had it bad, so I said, no more for me. When the state unemployment office called I could have said, I’m sick, I’m in whatever reason to decline, but I didn’t. Because then they would not call me anymore and the unemployment rent check, as humble as it is, would stop coming. Maybe I could have gone with the “I’m sick” excuse, but I didn’t have that luxury. Because lots of people in my country are unemployed and would so like to be called like that. Because I’m not in luxury to decline offer to work. Any work.

Because when I entered into that classroom, I remembered that I AM a teacher.

The sun was shining brightly through the large windows and birds were singing swiftly and softly as the kids that gathered around me and overwhelmed me sweetly with their little voices and hundreds of questions and little feet hopping and dancing and little hands showing me their kingdom with pride.

In a swift minute I remembered all that I knew about first grade teachings, methods, games, letters and songs. Children drew me into their bright and vibrant world again, and again I was a part of it with all my heart, soul, body and mind and the colourfull carousel of first grade made me completely forget why I said I won’t teach anymore, people who made me feel that way, grown up people who made me feel ill with school that way, they all vanished into thin air. I forgot I was aching ill in bed the night before, I forgot my ache from few years ago when I said to myself, I’m not a teacher anymore.

I am a teacher, felt I, and let myself be one again.

For a short time, anyway, but still, I remembered. And that was a good thing. And good excuse for not posting for awhile.

Being busy at school made me more busy at home because stay at home mom likes to have everything in her schedule according to her kids. Cooking, errands, time with my family. And some more cooking. When it comes to blogging, I like to cook everything by noon, when the light is the most beautiful, and take pictures of piping hot meals by sunny windows. And you can’t always have that if you have to work outside of the house.

This is one of the meals I cooked one busy morning, while tending to my kids and planning the school work and ironing my crisp white shirts I like to wear for school. It’s a fairly simple, hearthy pot of healthy ingredients that gives you warmth and confidence for the day ahead of you. Good old potatoes, tomatoes and some coconut milk enriched with handful of spices and herbs give you just that.

Ladies and gentleman, I give you potato curry, or aloo, as they call it in India, or pottage, as it could be called in UK, or Δ‡uΕ‘pajz ili varivo, as my Grandma would certanly say.

Potatoe Curry

Potatoe curry (Aloo)
adapted from Yummy Tummy blog

800 g potatoes, cut to 1 inch cubes
1 onion
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 tsp minced ginger
2 bay leaves
2 cups canned tomatoes with juice or tomato juice
1 cup coconut milk
seasonings to taste
some water if needed

Heat some oil in the pot you’re going to cook in. Add slices of onion and cook till it’s translucent. Add cumin, garam masala, chopped garlic, minced ginger and bay leaves and stir shortly. Add tomatoes and potatoes and cook till the potatoes are tender. If needed, add some water. Then pour the coconut milk and cook for till the liquid evaporates a bit and leaves you with nice, cooked potatoes are coated in beautiful sauce. Garnish with some fresh herbs and love and serve to your loved ones.

Potatoe Curry

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  1. Looks delicious and the perfect warming dish for when you’re feeling under the weather. I hope you are all feeling better now and it’s great to hear that the experience you had made you feel like you can be a teacher again πŸ™‚ Anyway, when it comes to bloging, sometimes life takes over and that’s ok!

    1. Thank you, Natalie Tamara πŸ™‚ we are all fine, thank you… and I guess it’s true what they say – that every bad has something good in it. As my illness, as my β€œhaving to go to work”… it all yielded in much better things than there were bad ones in the beginnings!

    1. I agree, Rebecca πŸ™‚ healthy veggies on a good, warm hearthy plate is always welcome! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  2. Oh yes, teaching is not what it used to be and a bit of a struggle. Well done for flying to the rescue and remembering why you became a teacher in the first place. As for potato curry – I love it.

    1. Thank you, Choclette… I guess we sometimes have to let things go as they want to go. To let go of the control. I did and it turned great for me. Even if it felt very discomforting at first. But not for long πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by, I’m glad you like this curry!

  3. This recipe looks yum!

    Very happy to hear you and kiddies are better (so you’re able to post mega recipes again!). I think it’s great you’re a teacher – we need more people like you teaching the younger generation πŸ’š

    1. Thank you, ZoΓ«! And thank you for your ever so kind words and support πŸ™‚ I guess I needed a nudge from the universe to remember the basics πŸ™‚

  4. This looks so good. Super comforting and great to help heal your body from any big you might have gotten! Hope you’ve recovered well!

  5. This looks absolutely delicious. It’s perfect stew for those days when you need something quick, healthy and warming. I love spices you used here, especially ginger and garam masala. I bet this taste amazing.

    1. Thank you, Natalie πŸ™‚ yes, as the todays forecast is concerned, we could put a good pot of potatoes on the stove again! πŸ™‚ Ginger and garam masala got my Slavonian palate on the first sight! Or taste πŸ™‚

  6. This looks lovely, Mari – good to see you making Indian food! It can’t be beaten when you’re feeling poorly. I hope you and the children are feeling much better now.

    I know exactly what you mean about being a teacher. I left teaching in 2004, and swore I’d never go back (mostly because the politics of the education system put in place stupid rules and targets which meant I could no longer do my job as a special educational needs teacher properly… and I’ll be damned if I’m going to ignore a distressed child, and tell him that the only thing that matters is the school’s grades, not his emotional well-being). And then I moved to Thailand, and found myself working as a volunteer teacher in a children’s home. It was wonderful, truly wonderful. And Thai and Burmese kids are awesome to work with. So much fun.


    Love your dish, by the way… is it a family heirloom? xx

    1. My thoughts (about leaving chalk&board business) exactly. But once a teacher, always a teacher, don’t you think? No matter how many times we swore not to go back again. Because we cannot only ignore children in need. But because we cannot ignore children, any children, ever πŸ™‚

      And the plate, you mean? No… it’s something I bought recently, it’s pretty small but soups and stews really look nice in it πŸ™‚

  7. Oh nice! I don’t eat potatoes often for some reason (even though I like them), but I must try this. Thanks for posting!

    1. Thank you, Nina πŸ™‚ I hope you like it! It’s simple, heart/body/soul warming veggie dish for every time of the year πŸ™‚

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