Potato podimas / potato curry

Potato podimas is a typical south indian curry aka side dish for rice varieties. The potatoes are cut into tiny chunks and then they are sautees in a sesame oil tempering with mustard seeds, urad dhal, red chillies with seeds, bengal gram. Then to add more spice to the curry, a pinch of turmeric powder and some generous amount of red chilli powder is added and cooked on steam for couple of minutes.

Then the half cooked potatoes are roasted till they turn little brown on all sides, on high flame. You just need to be careful enough not to burn the potatoes or avoid getting stuck to the bottom of the pan. Once the potatoes are roasted to the desired level, you can optionally garnish the podimas with chopped corainder leaves and serve with your favourite rice variety for lunch course.


3 large potatoes, peeled and finely chopped into tiny chunks
3 dry red chillies
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dhal or split black gram
2 tbsp oil, i used sesame oil for better taste
salt to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp bengal gram or channa dhal

How to make potato podimas or potato curry:

1. Heat a heavy bottomed pan with 2 tbsp of oil, mustard seeds, bengal gram, split black gram, dry red chillies.

2. When the mustard seeds start to sputter, add the chopped tiny chunks of potatoes to the pan.

Tip: You can also use a skillet for more crispier version of potato podimas. Be it kadai (wok) or a pan or skillet, it needs to be heavy bottomed as it helps in roasting the potatoes well.

3. Stir for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.

4. Then add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Mix well.

5. Cook it covered for 10-12 minutes on medium flame, stirring occasionally to prevent from sticking to the bottom of the pan and thorough roasting.

6. Then see if the potatoes are cooked enough. Cook it uncovered, stirring often on high flame.

7. Switch off the flame when you start seeing the potatoes being roasted and start to turn brownish.

8. Serve the potato podimas with curd rice, lemon rice, tamarind rice or coconut rice, sambar rice, rasam rice. It tastes better with curd rice though !!! :)

9. Today, on my lunch plate i had palak paneer for store bought garlic naan, lemon rice and potato podimas.

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