Mashed potato as I understand is important and quite common among British food. I believe there are quite a few different ways you can prepare it. I have not had a chance to make the western style mash as in general it does not go very well with the rest of the Indian meal that we usually have. I do make an Indian style mashed potato that goes well with sambar rice, rasam rice or even curd rice. I picked this recipe from my mother-in-law and my husband likes it. I must say that I was not quite convinced with the name though as podimas usually refers to something with spice powder but in this dish there are almost no such powders. Anyway, I guess what matters is that it tastes good and I would say that it would be a different kind of potato mash that westerner must try as well.
4 potatoes, peeled and boiled well
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 sprig curry leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon grated or finely chopped ginger
3 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tablespoon grated coconut or desiccated coconut
Salt to taste
Juice of one lime
Heat some oil in a wok/skillet and add the mustard seeds. Once it crackles, add the curry leaves, asafoetida, chillies and ginger and fry for couple of minutes
Cook for 3-4 minutes and add the coconut and cook for couple of minutes
Once you turn the flame off, add the lime juice and mix well and serve!