Potatoes are legitimately the best vegetable ever to hit our taste-buds. Here’s proof that nothing comes close to potatoes. But there are times that you feel that you need a change, or are trying to make healthier choices by adding in a variety of veggies instead of sticking to the comfort that potatoes give. What’s more is that in desi households, potatoes are add-ons to many gravies and these alternatives can really take a simple staple and turn it into a new favorite.
Taro, or better known as arvi, is one of the best ways to substitute potatoes. They look almost the same when cooked, they taste fantastic- even if the texture may seem a little different at first, and they have loads of nutritional benefits. Not only is it rich in fiber and magnesium, it is also considered a great probiotic- meaning that it promotes healthy gut bacteria which can prevent a number of ailments. Also, have you HAD arvi gosht?
Cauliflower is the new, trendy vegetable. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s low-carb, fiber rich, filled with antioxidants- and did I mention great for weight loss? Roast it, stir fry it, make cauliflower crusts for pizzas, air-fry or even make cauliflower mash instead of mashed potatoes.
You may have expected this to be on the list. It is after all the closest in relation to the beautiful potato. Sweet potatoes/yams (shakarkandi) are delicious in their own right and are best for dishes that highlight the potato itself and not as an additional ingredient (like in aloo gosht). Sweet potatoes are easily baked, fried, stuffed, scalloped, mashed and try these in croquette form too! They are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, B6 and B3.
Carrots have been associated with improving your eye-sight and it’s true! The vitamin A that is present in carrots helps prevent vision loss. It’s high in fiber and potassium and may have cancer preventive properties.
Cut carrots in large chunks and add to sabzis that require potatoes. Or make yummy carrot soup, or baked carrot ‘fries’. Your body will thank you for this switch!
Pumpkins and gourds come in many shapes and sizes and thankfully they are all equally delicious and healthy. Try out a mixed gourd sabzi or make a vegetable biryani- you will not miss the potato or the chicken. Some health benefits include: they’re a great source of thiamin, vitamin E, b6, and C. They’re also rich in iron and potassium.
Happy substituting everyone!