Wash, peel and cut potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan.
Add water just to cover potatoes and bring to a boil. Do not cover saucepan. After
the water boils, reduce heat and add turmeric and salt to potatoes. Parboil potatoes.
Be careful hot to overcook them.
When potatoes are parboiled, drain and place in
a medium small bowl.
Sprinkle sambhar powder over potatoes and shake bowl to cover potatoes with the
Add oil to a medium size cast iron skillet.
When oil is hot, but hot smoking,
add 4 to 5 curry leaves and the asafoetida powder.
Add potatoes to skillet. Cook
over very low heat until golden grown, turning frequently.