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  • 1 1/2pounds potatoes
  • 5eggs
  • 2teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2teaspoons baking soda
  • 1teaspoon sea salt (or more, to taste)
  • 1teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper
  • 1/2teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1teaspoon saffron threads, crushed to a powder
  • Neutral oil, for shallow-frying
  1. Wash, scrub, and quarter potatoes.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil and salt.
  3. Cook potatoes in pot of boiling for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork
  4. When the potatoes are fork-tender, drain them. When cool, remove the skin, (which will come off very easily).
  5. Mash potatoes with a masher but stop while you still see lumps (the potatoes should not be mashed till smooth). Set aside.
  6. In a separate bowl, add eggs, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper, turmeric powder, and saffron. Beat to combine.
  7. Add the egg mixture to potatoes and stir gently to combine. The mixture will be thick.
  8. Place a large non-stick frying pan on medium-high heat and add a few tablespoons of oil for shallow frying. (Test for salt by sautéing a teaspoon of the mixture in the oil, tasting, and adjusting.)
  9. Drop tablespoons of the mixture into the frying pan. Fry about 30 seconds on each side, till golden. Repeat until you’ve used all of the batter.
  10. Serve hot with thick yogurt and fresh herbs.

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