Potatoes in Cilantro Sauce

Potatoes in cilantro sauce

The Spruce / Molly Watson

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
141 Calories
5g Fat
23g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 141
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 3g
Calcium 23mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This mildly spicy cilantro sauce is an excellent match for potatoes and particularly suited to new potatoes. Both true new potatoes that are harvested with super-thin skins and come in a range of sizes and the teeny-tiny bite-size potatoes often labeled "new potatoes" at markets. You don't need any particular type of potato, though. Feel free to just cut giant Russet potatoes into bite-sized pieces and proceed from there!


  • 1 to 2 pounds potatoes (preferably tiny bite-size potatoes)
  • 2-inch piece ginger (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons coriander (ground)
  • Optional: 1 hot green chile
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or grapeseed oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (fine sea salt)
  • 1 bunch cilantro (chopped)
  • Optional: dash garam masala

Steps to Make It

  1. Scrub whatever potatoes you're using clean, but do not peel them. If they are bigger than bite-size, cut them into large bite-size pieces. Set them aside (in a bowl of cold water if they're cut to keep them from turning brown).

  2. Whirl the ginger and the ground coriander with 1/4 cup water in a blender or food processor. Set the ginger purée aside. Remove the stem and seeds from the chile, if using. Finely chop the chile (use gloves if you're skin is sensitive to the heat of chiles).

  3. In a large saute pan or pot heat the oil over high heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook until they start changing color, about 30 seconds. Add the ginger puree, chopped chiles, and salt. Cook, stirring, until the mixture thickens, about 3 minutes.

  4. Drain the potatoes and add them to pan along with 1/3 cup water. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. Add the cilantro and stir to combine with the potatoes. Serve hot or warm sprinkled with the garam masala and lemon juice to taste if you're using them.