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Q: Can frozen mashed potatoes from supermarkets be used for aloo curry dishes?

While I’ve used frozen veggies, palak, ladies finger from US/Canada supermarkets, I’ve never ventured to try the mashed or frozen potatoes types in the freezer section. Has anyone tried it? Hopefully, those mashed, pasty types don’t have any weird additives(non veg or otherwise) in it. What frozen brands work for Indian style cooking?

26 thoughts on “Q: Can frozen mashed potatoes from supermarkets be used for aloo curry dishes?

  1. Mashed potatoes? I don’t think so. Frozen, yeah. I certainly think you can use that. Is there is any specific reason you want to go with frozen over fresh potatoes?

      1. Perhaps curries that require fully mashed potatoes (like pav bhaji) would be your idea use case.

        All mashed potatoes I have seen so far are meant to be eaten just like that. Most mashed potatoes, though, contain some level of preservatives etc. Not sure how it might affect your taste preferences if they are cooked further.

        Let me experiment the next time I try something that requires mashed potatoes. I am sorry I can’t be of more help right now.

        1. ready made; honestly don’t know what I saw now given the responses on this thread.

          I remember seeing Mccains mashed potatoes in the freezers along with frozen peas. I now think I could be mistaken

      1. Never seen that at a grocery. They can be frozen, for sure, ’cause you can find them as part of many frozen TV dinners (like Stouffer’s meatloaf and mashed potatoes). But I’ve never seen premade mashed potatoes by themselves. Seems counter-intuitive, because they preserve perfectly in the dry form for a year. And “cooking” consists of adding boiling water, and they taste a lot better than frozen.

          1. Looks like they’re for food services like catering, not for homes. The instructions don’t make sense for home use. Says to boil the pouch for 20-50 minutes or to microwave for 15 minutes. I can start from powdered and boil water in 3 minutes, where is the time savings?

          2. No, they’re definitely aimed at the home market. I see them all the time at the grocery. Can’t say I’ve ever *tried* them since, well, potatoes enough to make a similar amount from scratch is usually cheaper. But they’re available in the frozen food aisle near the frozen fries/chips and hashbrowns.

            Edit: Negl, if I have no time to make from scratch but still *really* want mash potato, I go instant too. They’re just dehydrated potato flakes often with some added corn starch or something to keep them from clumping up in the package while on the shelf. Certainly not bad in a pinch. Though not an inch on the real thing texture wise.

  2. Do you have a rice cooker? If I need fast cooked potatoes I steam my potatoes in it while I make the rice. I also do not bother skinning potatoes, ever.

  3. After my initial scepticism about the *potato* setting on my microwave, I am now a big proponent of cooking taters in the microwave. Your mileage may vary.

  4. Indians don’t really use mashed potato as part of their “curries”. It’s always cubed potatoes. You could use frozen or canned ones if cost is an issue, ideally they shouldn’t have been seasoned beforehand.

    1. > Indians don’t really use mashed potato as part of their “curries”.

      I’m Indian….my laziness mode question was, can i sub mashed potatoes instead of making it ab inito

      1. Oh, but I’d have thought that using mashed potato would change the nature of the dish so much that you’d not recreate regather you’d be attempting anyway.

        Where I’d actually use mashed potato? For any sort of stuffing. I think I once used mashed potato mix to stuff capsicums (after tempering the potato mix of course). Could work for samosas too.

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