Curried Potato Salad

Subarna Bhattachan, a Nepalese chef living in Lawrence, Kansas, folds a purée of cool yogurt, nutty tahini, and spicy red chiles into his fragrant take on potato salad. This recipe first appeared in our August/September 2013 Heartland issue with the story Salad Social.

Curried Potato Salad Curried Potato Salad
This purée of cool yogurt, nutty tahini, and spicy red chiles is a fragrant take on potato salad.
Yield: serves 6-8


  • 2 lb. Yukon gold potatoes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 13 cup olive oil
  • 4 fresh small red Thai chiles, roughly chopped
  • 34 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 12 cup tahini
  • 12 tbsp. curry powder
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 13 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


  1. Boil the potatoes in a 6-qt. saucepan of salted water until tender, about 45 minutes; drain and chill. Peel and roughly chop the potatoes; place in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a 10″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add chiles and cook until golden, about 1 minute; let cool. Transfer oil and chiles to a blender with the yogurt, tahini, curry powder, zest, juice, salt, and pepper; purée until smooth. Pour dressing over potatoes and stir in half each of the cilantro and scallions. Garnish with remaining cilantro and scallions.