Bacon and Potatoes (first appeared in the iDiva)

Bacon and Potatoes
Bacon and Potatoes (first appeared in the iDiva)

While we are on the subject of bacon (have you read my recipe on Bacon Carbonara), there is a whole lobby out there who wants to make bacon a food category. Back bacon is my favourite, and the earliest recipe using bacon that I know of is quite easy to prepare. It is called Bacon and Potatoes. I suspect there’s a rhyme with the words – ‘bacon and potatoes’.

Bacon and Potatoes was something I regularly made when mummy wasn’t home and therefore there was no meat or fish in the fridge, since they required us to go to a putrid meat or fish monger’s shop. I never took to buying fish till much later in my life and still don’t buy freshly cut meat by myself.

Bacon can be easily bought from a cold storage and back bacon is the best. Nowadays, a lot of supermarkets sell smoked bacon, cured bacon, spiced bacon and other kinds of bacon. But back then, I would buy a quarter kilo of back bacon for non-vegetarian fix food when mum was away.

And the recipe is so simple that even your little one can make it.



200 gms of back bacon
1 medium-sized tomato
1 medium-sized onion (sliced)
2 medium-sized potatoes (chopped)
½ tsp red chilly powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp pepper powder
2 Green chillies (the long ones)


  1. Cut bacon into medium-sized pieces. Remove the rinds of the bacon if you don’t like them. I remove mine because I find them too hard to bite.
  2. Sauté the bacon with pepper powder in a little bit of oil (less than 1 tsp), till the oil gets a slight flavour of the bacon. Remove the bacon from the pan into another vessel once it is slightly fried and the fat melts.
  3. In this hot pan, add sliced onion and fry till it is translucent. Add the potatoes and sauté them well. Add finely chopped tomatoes to this.
  4. Add chilly powder, turmeric powder and green chillies to this mixture and stir well.
  5. Now, stir the bacon back with this mixture and allow to cook till the green chillies lose their rawness and the potatoes are done. Stir occasionally.
  6. Serve hot with dal and rice or with warm chapattis.

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