July 14, 2007

Urulaikizhangu Karumadhu (Potato Curry)

Also known as Potato Roast, Potato fry, at my place it is known as Urulaikizhangu Karumadhu. I can safely bet that this is the first dish that is part of a main meal that most kids in Tamil households would learn to make. It is simple and can transport you to heaven and back before you can say 'Potato'.


4 Potatoes, boiled, peeled and cubed
2 tsp Oil
1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
1/4 tsp Urad Dal
1/4 tsp Chana Dal
7-8 Curry Leaves
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Chilli Powder
Salt to taste

Heat the oil in a kadhai. Add the urad and chana dals. When the urad dal begins to change colour, add the mustard and asafoetida. When the mustard splutters, add the curry leaves and the potato pieces.

Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes. Remove the lid and mix the potatoes. Simmer for 10 minutes, tossing the potatoes every 2-3 minutes till the potatoes are nicely browned. This is a great accompaniment to rice with sambar, rasam, dal... in short, a great accompaniment to anything.

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