Parboil the baby potatoes either in a pan or a pressure cooker. Make sure it is slightly underdone. Now let them cool and peel them. This is the most time-consuming process and takes about 15-20 minutes. Pierce them with fork and keep aside.
For frying potatoes
Heat 2 tbsp. mustard oil or ghee in a pan. Lightly saute the potatoes till they are golden brown and keep aside. Some people deep fry the potatoes but I avoid doing that.
For air frying potatoes
Preheat air fryer at 200 C for 5 minutes. Lay the peeled baby potatoes in the air fryer basket. Air fry at 200 C or 390 F for 10-12 minutes till golden brown. Keep aside.
To make curry
Heat 1 tbsp. ghee/ mustard oil in the pan. Add in all the whole garam masala (cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns and cloves). Fry for a minute. Now add in the chopped onion. Cook for about 2 minutes. Add in the tomato-green chilli puree and fry till everything looks well cooked.
Add in the fried/air fried potatoes now.
Take the yogurt and beat it well. Add it gently to the mix in the pan after lowering the heat. Add in the turmeric powder, cayenne, garam masala powder, saunf (fennel) powder and coriander powder and mix well. Add salt to taste.
Simmer it for 8-10 minutes keeping a lid on. If the yogurt curdles, do not worry. Just mix everything well. Add more water if you want a thinner gravy. If not you will get a thicker gravy.
Baby potatoes are the best for this recipe. You can use regular potatoes and cut them into small cubes to use in the recipe.
Using 1 tsp. Kashmiri red chilli powder gives the dish a beautiful red colour without the heat.
Deep frying the potatoes makes the dish tastier albeit adding the calories. Air frying is a perfect option for nice browned potatoes without the oil.
You can skip green chillies if you prefer less heat.
The nutrition values are approximate.
To make the curry richer, you can add some cream in the end for garnish. Dried fenugreek or kasuri methi can also be used for garnish.
In place of mustard oil, you can use ghee for richness or regular vegetable oil.