Sunday, June 29, 2008

Potato Podimas

Potatoes have saved me many a times in a crunch and they are always a few in my pantry. No matter how novice or experienced a cook, most disheswith potatoes in them turn out tasting great. Potatoes were the first vegetable I learnt to cook. The dish presented here is cooked with just a few spices they are a perfect accompaniment to any meal. Rolled into tortillas or as a filling for a sandwich they are many ways to enjoy the spud.

I had some new potatoes purchased from the Farmer's market which needed to be used, so I opted to use those but this dish turns out best with Russet or baking potatoes. Flakier the potatoes the better.

This common and very simple potato dish goes to the Weekend Wokking event hosted by White on Rice Couple. The event was started by Wandering Chopsticks.


Serves : 4
1. 6 Medium sized potatoes boiled and the skin removed and coarsely mashed
2. 2 Red chilies split in half and deseeded
3. a few curry leaves
4. 1 tsp urad dal (white lentil)
5. 2 tsp channa dal (yellow lentil)
6. 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
7. 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
8. salt to taste
9. 1 tsp turmeric powder
10. 1-2 tsp canola oil

1. In a pan heat the oil and add the channa dal, urad dal and cumin seeds when they start to turn brown add the cumin and mustard seeds. When the mustard starts to pop
2. add the curry leaves and chilis
3. Add the turmeric and salt and give a good mix
4. Add the Mashed potates and stir till the spices combine

Serve as side. We had them rolled into some chapathis.


  1. ISG - 'Potato Fry' was the first dish I ever made. and the curry looks so yummy. :-)


  2. Same here too, ISG. Potatoes save me during crunch and also I use it as a 'shield' whenever I try out new recipes especially with brinjal, peas.
    Loved your version of potato podimas.

  3. Thanks for participating! I like the combo of lentils and potatoes too. This would be great as a filling for dosas! Mmm.

  4. "potato podimas" sounds pretty! it must be tasty

  5. Isnt it the most wonderful comfort food one can taste when craving for south indian ?? soul food for me...

  6. Always my fave side dishes for chapatis and masala dose! Slurp!:)

    Yeah, we had to shell out $50 y'day for Tushar's video game, no incentives here! :D

  7. potato podimas sounds delicious it must be tasty......

  8. one of my faves with potatoes :) - nice pic too

  9. Funny, I'd never been a fan of this podimas as a kid. Over time, I've found that my taste buds have changed. Yours looks so fantastic that I'm thinking I should try this again! :)

  10. I don't eat potatoes very often, but suddenly I have a craving. Delightful dish!

  11. Aah this is an all-time favorite :) Great looking pic!

  12. potatoes are indeed a life saver and so versatile. its only after coming here that i saw the varieties available.have u tried roasting new potatoes?yum!!

  13. Podimas is probably the first thing I learnt to cook!

  14. Does podimas mean dry bhaji? Looks delicious, ISG!

  15. This dish is just so beautifully colored! I would really love to try it in a sandwich one time, it looks great!

  16. Siri, RC I am glad I am in good company.

    Wandering Chopsticks, it was fun to participate in the event and ofcourse they are best as a filling in a dosai with a steaming cup of sambhar on the side :)

    Andhra Flavors, welcome. you like the name :)

    Dee you are so right, soul food it is.

    Asha, right on, best with chapthis and dosai. Heard from a friend that only select schools from the area were part of the deal. I know these games are so damn expensive. DD is engrossed in here NintenDogs and talking to it :(

    Sireesha, it sure was. Give it a try.

    Skribles easy and tasty, what more can we ask right?

    Kalai, sometimes getting older is a wonderful thing don't you think when we get a renewed appreciation for the simple things.

    Lisa, this one is worth a revisit of potatoes.

    A&N thankyou.

    Shaheen, yes me too, the only ones I knew before were the yellow medium sized ones back home. I have roasted maybe once or twice, got to try again.

    Jyothsana I am not surprised to learn that it is true for so many of us.

    Vani, Podimas means the mashing process (podi meaning make into small bits)

    White on Rice couple - ooh stuff them into sandwiches and they would be calle Bombay toast :)

  17. This sounds very flavorful and comforting!


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