Poori Masala | How to make Potato Masala for Poori ~ Tamil Nadu Hotel Style

>>  Tuesday, September 13, 2016

For the second day of making Gravies with Potato, I have another famous Potato Masala that's specially made with Pooris. So much so that it is called Poori Masala in many hotels. This is also one of the famous Combo Breakfast you can order in Tamil Nadu. 

I already have a version of Potato Masala which is different from today's version. When I was thinking about representing a potato gravy from each state, I suddenly remembered that Amma used to make it and we also get it in the hotels. As I had said Amma always used to have this included in our regular menu, which ensured our weekly quota of potato gets exhausted and she never used to make Potato Roast.

However, when I started packing lunches for my kids, I realised Potato Roast is their favourite. And the fact that they do not like the Potato Masala be it with Pooris or with Dosas, so I end up making it very simple for Hubby Dear.

This week's theme gave me a chance to remember my childhood food and I made it again. I haven't made it in a long time. It is called as Poori kizhangu masala in Tamil. Most times in down south it is called just as Poori Kizhangu. 

In fact, the simpler version of Potato Masala was one of my first posts meant for Bachelors! That also reminds me that I am in my anniversary month! You can all join me in the celebrations soon with the Kids Delight Anniversary party!.

Meanwhile, come join in a traditional Tamil Nadu Style Poori Masala!

Poori Masala

Ingredients Needed:

Boiled Potatoes - 3 to 4 medium
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds, Urad Dal, Channa Dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves handful
Cashew nuts - 5 to 6 whole
Green Chillies - 4 long
Onions juliennes - 2 medium
Carrot, diced fine - 3 tbsp
Tomato diced fine - 3 tbsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Gram flour / Besan - 2 tbsp mixed with 1/2 cup water
Water - 1 cup

How to make the Poori Masala

MW Potatoes for 5 to 6 mins. Soak and peel the skin. Keep it aside.

Heat a nonstick pan with oil. Temper with mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, cashews, curry leaves. Saute well.

Next add chopped green chillies, onion julienne, saute till the onion changes colour. Add the diced carrots.

Now add turmeric powder, salt. Add the mashed potatoes, chopped tomatoes and combine everything on high flame.

Mix the gram flour with water and make a paste.

Now simmer and add the besan paste, add more water as required and bring to boil. Cook on high for 5 mins. Simmer for 5 mins. Your gravy is done.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve with hot poori.

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Gayathri Kumar September 13, 2016 at 10:22 AM  

This is one of my fav breakfast combo. Looks so yum. I am feeling so hungry now..

The Pumpkin Farm September 13, 2016 at 12:57 PM  

gram flour addition indeed makes it very different from what i have ever heard or tasted....thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe from ur state and childhood

KParthasarathi September 13, 2016 at 3:06 PM  

Some things, be they humans or edibles, are made for each other and nothing else would go together. Poori kizhangu is one such delectable pair.Simple though to make,it is the most satisfying snack for breakfast or brunch!

vaishali sabnani September 13, 2016 at 4:49 PM  

I like this version of child hood memories, like the use of besan , I am sure it will be one delicious dish..and anyway I am a potato lover.

Usha September 13, 2016 at 9:15 PM  

Even my mom use to make this but don't remember what we called it. My in-laws call it pitla, or at least the preparation looks lot similar. Poori masala is always a winning combo.

Nalini's Kitchen September 14, 2016 at 2:34 AM  

Such a classic combo Valli.The poori and the masala looks do tempting.

Harini-Jaya R September 14, 2016 at 6:54 PM  

Very tempting, Valli. Super combo as well.

Priya Suresh September 14, 2016 at 9:36 PM  

This is how we make our poori masala, u know wat i drink this masala just like that, my fav.

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan September 15, 2016 at 6:13 AM  

awww the classic and comfortable combo.

Kalyani September 15, 2016 at 5:02 PM  

remember eating this at Chennai hotels - the Karnataka / Mumbai restaurants have the dry potato curry - will try this out

Sandhya Ramakrishnan September 21, 2016 at 4:54 AM  

Tamil Nadu poori is never complete without this masala. I crave for poori only to eat this masala. I don't add besan in mine, will try adding that next time.

Suma Gandlur September 24, 2016 at 2:10 AM  

Love this curry. I realized after reading Usha's comment that we call it Bombai chutney which is pitla of course.

Archana Potdar September 27, 2016 at 8:49 PM  

Love the combo. I guess every state has a combo similar. I love the use of besan and carrots. BTW as I read I realised Tha I never seem to have whole cashew nuts at home. If they are whole then they are salted or masalawala. :D

Smruti Shah September 27, 2016 at 11:54 PM  

I love this combination. On weekends that I do not care about calories, this is brunch at home :)

Pavani N October 7, 2016 at 1:06 AM  

That is such a classic potato curry with besan. Love the addition of cashews in there.

Sowmya :) October 7, 2016 at 9:31 PM  

This is one of the favorite curries at my in-laws place...everyone can eat it over and over again. love your version...looks yumm

Ritu Tangri October 14, 2016 at 2:19 PM  

Aloo puri is my family favorite during weekends. I make it in Punjabi style. Will try this Tamil style poori masala. It must have tasted awesome

Suja Ram October 15, 2016 at 10:47 PM  

Thats an all-time classic preparation..And Iam craving for some hot pooris with this Masala now..yummy

Priya Srinivasan October 18, 2016 at 11:06 PM  

such a classic combo!!! perfect breakfast!!!

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