Potato Masala ~ Delightfully Simple Feast!

>>  Friday, September 5, 2008

Poori Kelangu is a term that evokes fond memories! I never knew this term almost until few years back and when I heard this being referred it almost reflected the attachment this dish has for many. It was in the hills of Kodaikanal that I heard the potato masala served with Pooris, being referred as Kelangu. The road side shops excelled in serving hot pooris with yummy kelangu. The chill mornings did nothing but added more joy being treated with this combo for a breakfast.

Pooris on Sundays have always been the way at home for many years. I guess almost ever! Only for a while it got alternated with Appam. But we are back on track. At parents place, its always Potato Masala or Channa Masala or Pessarappu Kura. I have continued the tradition after marriage. Though I don't really like potato much, this simple dish is something that's much cherished.

The first in the series for simple quick dishes for Bachelors, is Potato Masala. Of course, this is well known to all. Still I have tasted so many different varieties. It was to my utter disbelief I found recently that I had blogged on this simple dish. I make this in different ways and I believe all of them are simple, yet this variety gets done in 10 -15 mins of time. This is almost the same way its done for Masala dosa, yet sightly different when its accompanying Pooris.

Another thing that I am very particular is, the amount of Onions added. I like more of Onions in the potato, that it could well be called an Onion dish. Plus I like it as juliennes. It gives a distinct taste to the dish when you munch on the onion chunks while you sap up the hot pooris in it. This version is not very spicy, so makes it a great Kids dish too!

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 10 mins
Serves :

Ingredients Needed:

Potatoes - 250 gms
Onions - 250 gms
Green chillies - 4 long chopped in middle
Cashew Nuts - 5 whole
Curry leaves - 5-8 leaves
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Turmeric a pinch
Water - 1/2 cup

Method to prepare:

Wash and cut the potatoes to half. When you are pressure cooking Potatoes, its always best if you chop them in middle and cook. This way it gets cooked fast. Once its done, peel the skin and roughly mash them. You will have small to big chunks of pieces.

Chop onions as juliennes. Heat a pan with oil. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, then add cashew nuts. Saute well. Add onions and fry for 2 mins in high flame.

The Onions should not turn brown. When it starts turning pink, add the salt and turmeric. Mix well.

Then add the potatoes and combine all together. Simmer for 2 mins. Then add the water and bring to boil.

It should not be too thick or running. Since you mash few potato pieces to almost paste, it will give thickness to the gravy.

Serve with deep fried delights, there is no words to describe this yummy combination. Puffed Pooris served with this yummy potato masala, sure makes you giddy with delight!


Anupama September 4, 2008 at 2:49 AM  

Hi Srivalli, Congrats on your new blog. I agree with you about choosing the correct name. Hope your new blog attracts lots and lots of readers

Divya September 4, 2008 at 9:54 AM  

Srivalli in action again! Another blog... wow, you are super energetic! And I must say, you do a pretty good job. Good luck and I will keep following all ur blogs!

sunshinemom September 4, 2008 at 12:16 PM  

Good thought behind the new blog. I thought my two blogs were enough to drain my energy reserves, and you are on to your second food blog - great:)

Kitchen Flavours September 4, 2008 at 3:58 PM  

Wow potato masala and puri my all time favourite combi. Looks gr8. happy going with new blog

Siri September 4, 2008 at 5:08 PM  

Yummy looking Pooris and Potato Masala Valli..:) a delightful Bachelor recipe indeed.


Suma Rajesh September 4, 2008 at 10:35 PM  

luved ur new look blog...potato masala looks one of the fav items...

Laavanya September 6, 2008 at 6:27 PM  

Pooris were a Sunday staple at our place too... and I'm with you on having lots of sliced onions in the curry - makes it so yummy.

Srivalli September 8, 2008 at 3:46 PM  

Anupama, Thank you for dropping by and your wishes. I really hope this benifits many.

Divya, you are very kind..thanks!

sunshinemom, Thanks..just something to keep track of!

KF, thanks...glad you like them

Siri, thanks da..will be asking you for more ideas!

Suma, Glad you like it...thanks

Laavanya, thats really something that adds on right...thanks

Veda Murthy September 8, 2008 at 3:53 PM  

hey valli....congratulations on the new blog...have been away for a long time....will take more time to read all the new updates from fellow wishes from me on ur new blog! keep up the good work!


Asha September 8, 2008 at 8:43 PM  

Cashews sounds like a great addition!:)

SMN September 10, 2008 at 10:27 AM  

Srivalli nice look and new blog wth very nice recipes..

Srivalli September 22, 2008 at 2:50 PM  

Veda, Thank you..glad you took time to drop in now.

Asha, yep it gives the right crunch...:)

Sushma, thank you for dropping in!

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