Potatoes have become a staple food in many parts of the world and an integral part of much of the world’s food supply. Potatoes are the world’s fourth-largest food crop, following maize (corn), wheat, and rice. Potatoes can be found in a variety of dishes from healthy to junk.
In India, the most popular potato dishes are aloo ki sabzi, batata vada, and samosa, which is spicy mashed potato mixed with a small amount of vegetable stuffed in conical dough, and deep fried. Potatoes are also a major ingredient as fast food items, such as aloo chaat, where they are deep fried and served with chutney. In Northern India, alu dum and alu paratha are a favourite part of the diet; the first is a spicy curry of boiled potato, the second is a type of stuffed chapati. A dish called masala dosa from South India is very notable all over India. It is a thin pancake of rice and pulse paste rolled over spicy smashed potato and eaten with sambhar and chutney. Other favourite dishes are alu tikki and pakoda items. Vada pav is a popular vegetarian fast food dish in Mumbai and other regions in the Maharashtra in India. Aloo posto (a curry with potatoes and poppy seeds) is immensely popular in East India, especially Bengal. Although potatoes are not native to India, it has become a vital part of food all over the country especially North Indian food preparations.
Well we have only been to Indian dishes that are made up of potato you can guess potato does wonder all over the world. But the fact that potato is used only for eating is not appropriate. There are various other uses of potato which are generally neglected or people doesn’t know. So continue reading further to know the other properties of potato except for being a food item.
1. Treat your burns
This one is pretty serious. Note that the method described below is more suitable for sunburns, but don’t worry: we’ll tell you how you can change them to treat other minor burns.
What You Have To Do
- Take a couple of potatoes, wash them thoroughly, and cut them into thin slices.
- If you are not into cutting, you can grate them, or even blend it to get a juicy paste. This ways are messier but give your skin more of the nice cooling juice them needs. Apply gauze and cotton pads to secure the compresses to your skin.
- Use the slices (or whatever you have chosen) to the affected area, leave it as 10 to 15 minutes, remove, and wash your skin with cool water.
- If you are dealing with boiling water or similar burns, potato slices will not do. Here the potatoes’ juice works like magic (and slices can hurt badly), so go for a raw potato mash it is the most delicate and “wet” way.
Gently use the mash to the burn and leave it on until the pain disappears. Them may take anywhere from ten minutes to several hours, so keep calm, and change the mash when it turns brown.
2. Get rid of rust easy
Well, this one happens to all of us. Metal rusts is totally normal, but the question is how to remove these thing from a tap or one of your frying pans. Surprisingly, a potato can aid you out.