Potato is a root vegetable. In India the potato is a very popular traditional staple. The most popular potato dishes are aloo ki sabzi, batata vada, and samosa. 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. A dish called masala dosa from South India is very notable all over India. Poori in south India in particular in Tamil Nadu is almost always taken with smashed potato masal. Other favourite dishes are alu tikki and pakoda items. Nutritional benefits: A raw potato is 79% water, 17% carbohydrates (88% is starch), 2% protein, and contains negligible fat.