Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tiny potatoes Masala roast - chinna urulai kizhangu masala varuval

I had seen these tiny tiny potatoes a long time ago in a lunch box when we all used to eat lunch under trees. I must have been in the sixth/seventh grade maybe. These were the tiniest potatoes I had ever seen. I initially thought they were peas or chickpeas but these were slightly larger than peas. On closer inspection and inquiry they were potatoes!

It took me a while to find them but the ones I found were slightly bigger. These are not that unattainable anyway they are found more or less all the time at Whole Foods. Sometimes they are really small other times a tiny bit bigger.

The tiny size that I want probably have to grow them myself. The sprouted potatoes I planted this time did not fare well so have to wait till next year for that experiment.

I wanted to oven roast the potatoes as per idea on FB but with soaring temperatures did not want to fire up the oven so settled on a trusty old recipe that my mother uses.Readers from FB had a lot of ideas. I have them on the list the next time I buy these potatoes.

Tiny Potatoes Masala Roast - Chinna Urulai Kizhangu masala varuval
Preparation Time:15 minutes
Cooking Time:20 minutes
  1. 1 lb small potatoes
  2. 1/4 cup red onion or shallots roughly chopped + 1 tbsp finely chopped
  3. 5 garlic cloves
  4. 6 red chilies
  5. 1 inch piece of ginger
  6. 1 tomato roughly chopped
  7. 1 tbsp oil
  8. 1/2 tbsp coriander powder or kuzhambu thool or any curry powder
  9. salt to taste
  1. In a saute add a tsp of oil and saute the onions, ginger and garlic till the onion starts to turn brown. Add in the chilies and saute for a couple of minutes, followed by the tomatoes. Saute till the tomatoes are nice and mushy. Add in the masala powder give a good mix and transfer to a blender and blend to a smooth paste without adding water.
  2. Scrub the potatoes (we are not going to peel the skin so make sure it is clean) and boil them for about 10-12 minutes till they are just part way cooked.
  3. In a wide mouthed pan heat 1/2 a tbsp of oil and saute the finely chopped onions and then add in the potatoes and saute for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the masala paste and saute along with the potatoes on medium heat for another 10 minutes or so adding a bit of oil if it sticks too much. Add salt part way through.
Serve as a side for rice dishes or for chapathis.


  1. Here the new tiny potatoes have arrived and I would hav elov eto make something like this with those potatoes only thing is if i evne mentioning doing something like this Han sis like they one is eating double carb etc... and all that bla bla bla.

  2. Yum! These look amazing! Definitely need to find some tiny potatoes at the market. :)

  3. Omg, roast looks fabulous n droolworthy, love to have with some hot piping rasam rice.


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