New Potatoes with Ginger and Mint

New Potatoes with Ginger and Mint
Photo: John Kernick
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins

Indian-inspired flavors add an unexpected twist to new potatoes.


  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 2 pounds new potatoes, scrubbed and halved

  • 3 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • 3 cups water, plus more as needed

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric

  • ¾ cup fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped

  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime


  1. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add potatoes and 2 tablespoons ginger. Cook until potatoes are browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Remove from heat, and carefully add water (it will spatter). Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, the cayenne, cumin, and turmeric. Return to medium-high heat, and cook until potatoes are tender and water has evaporated. (If not yet tender, add more water, 1/4 cup at a time, and continue to cook.)

  3. Stir in remaining oil and ginger, along with the mint, lime zest, salt, and pepper. Cook until mixture thickens and coats potatoes, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in lime juice.

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