Potato Podimas (No Onion No Garlic Side Dish Recipe)

Step wise recipe to make Potato Podimas – An Easy South Indian Traditional Side Dish Recipe.

Potato Podimas (No Onion No Garlic Side Dish Recipe)

Potato Podimas is a simple Tamil Brahmin Style Stir Fried Mashed Potatoes. An Easy 15 minute South Indian No Onion No Garlic side dish recipe using boiled potatoes. Served as side dish with poori, chapathi, sambar and rasam rice.

One of the most basic ingredient available in any pantry is Potatoes, also known as Urulai Kizhangu in Tamil and Aloo in Hindi.

Though potatoes earn the reputation of being “starchy” and “heavy”, I often feel that its the way we cook, matters.

Potato Podimas for a Tam Brahm like me means serious business. Sunday Lunches while growing up would be Arachavitta Chinna Ulli Sambar (Small shallots sambar with a freshly ground masala), Potato Podimas and unlimited appalams.

My Mother made the best potato podimas, hands down! There are some dishes of hers that I cannot replicate and this is one of them.

What is not to like about potato podimas? Absolute fuss free vegetable or side dish to feed the family. All you have to do is pressure cook the potatoes, peel the skin, lightly mash and then stir fry it with lentils, curry leaves etc and serve piping hot with a gravy like Sambar or Rasam and steamed rice.

For this particular recipe, we do not use any spice powders or masala. It is very basic and quite simple for every day consumption.

There are many variations to this recipe and each family has their own signature style. I am simply sharing what we have been eating since childhood, my mother’s version.

As a rule, potato podimas is always made in excess at home. I always keep extra portions in the refrigerator to turn them into toast sandwiches for breakfast the next day.

Some Ideas to Use Leftover Potato Podimas

  • Make small tikkis or cutlets by adding some vegetables. Pan fry or Air Fry with oil and stuff between chapatis and serve as wraps.
  • Make Mumbai style Masala Toast Sandwich by spreading a layer of this sabzi on a slice of bread and then adding the raw vegetables like cucumber, tomato, beetroots etc.
  • Quick Filling for Dosa – Saute onions + Add leftover podimas, curry leaves, adjust salt and add some water to adjust consistency. Use it for dipping your dosas or stuff them as you like.
  • Add some spices like garam masala, amchur powder, finely chopped coriander leaves and turn it into a filling for making a quick aloo paratha for kids lunch box.
  • Make small balls, dip them into besan (gram flour batter) and make batata vada or bonda either in hot oil or if you are like me who doesn’t like frying, then cook them in appe pan with little oil.

I am sure with the variety of options to choose from above, you will be tempted to make an extra batch just to try out these variations. In the meanwhile, let’s take a look at the step wise recipe to make this traditional South Indian recipe at home.

Step by Step Potato Podimas Recipe

(1) Lightly mash the boiled and cubed potatoes using your fingers. Ensure you do not mash the potatoes completely.

Note – These potatoes have been pressure cooked and their skin removed.

Boiled and lightly mashed potatoes

(2) Heat a pan, add oil, mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, whole red chillies.

Tempering for the potato podimas

(3) Once the mustard crackles, add haldi powder or turmeric, green chillies, ginger, curry leaves and hing or asafoetida.

Tempering for the potato podimas  with turmeric powder and ginger

(4) Now add the lightly crumbled potatoes along with some salt to taste.

adding mashed potatoes to the tempering

(5) Mix well and cook for sometime (without covering) on low heat until the potato is coated with the flavours.

Potato Podimas is ready to serve

(6) Switch off the flame and serve as required with a Kuzhambu or Sambar of your choice.

Recipe Notes

  • You can add red chilli powder, if you love spicy podimas. Add it along with the turmeric powder (step 3 above).
  • If you want to try this recipe using onion and garlic, saute finely chopped garlic and onions in step (3) above. Note – Add the turmeric powder after the onions and garlic have sauteed to avoid burning of the spices.
  • Store the leftovers in the refrigerator immediately as cooked potatoes tend to spoil soon.
  • If you are trying any of the variations as suggested above, please do so within 24 to 48 hours.
  • Adjust the quantity of chillies and spice according to your preference. You can also reduce the quantity of oil for the recipe but sesame oil does bring out a delectable flavour to the potatoes so I have been a little generous.
  • In case you don’t stock sesame oil, use vegetable oil instead.
  • I am generous in adding turmeric powder to my recipes. Please adjust the quantity according to your preference. I prefer adding turmeric powder to the hot oil instead of cooking the potatoes with the turmeric and salt.

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Potato Podimas (No Onion No Garlic Side Dish Recipe)

Potato Podimas (No Onion No Garlic Side Dish Recipe)

Vidya Narayan
Potato Podimas is a simple Tamil Brahmin Style Stir Fried Mashed Potatoes. An Easy 15 minute South Indian No Onion No Garlic side dish recipe using boiled and mashed potatoes. Served as side dish with poori, chapathi, sambar and rasam rice.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South Indian, Tamil Nadu Recipes

Ingredients
  

  • 3 & 1/2 cups Potatoes (Boiled and Cubed) 1 cup is 250 ml measurement3
  • 3 tbsp Sesame Oil 1 tbsp is 15 ml
  • 2 tsp Chana Dal (Kadala Paruppu or Bengal Gram Dal) 1 tsp is 5 ml
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal or Ulutham Paruppu
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds, Kadagu or Rai
  • 2 to 3 nos. Dry Whole Red Chillies
  • 1 tbsp Ginger (finely chopped)
  • 3 to 4 nos Green Chillies (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Few sprigs of curry leaves as required
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Lightly crumble or mash the boiled and cubed potatoes using your fingers. Do not use a potato masher because we need some pieces or chunks in our sabzi.
  • Heat a pan, add oil, mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal and whole red chillies.
  • Once the mustard crackles, add haldi powder or turmeric, green chillies, ginger, curry leaves and hing or asafoetida. Saute for a few minutes.
  • Now add the lightly crumbled potatoes along with some salt to taste.
  • Mix well and cook for sometime (without covering) on low heat until the potato is coated with the masala.
  • Switch off the flame and serve as side dish with Kuzhambu or Sambar of your choice.

Notes

  • You can add red chilli powder, if you love spicy podimas. Add it along with the turmeric powder (step 3 above).
  • If you want to try this recipe using onion and garlic, saute finely chopped garlic and onions in step (3) above. Note – Add the turmeric powder after the onions and garlic have sauteed to avoid burning of the spices.
  • Store the leftovers in the refrigerator immediately as cooked potatoes tend to spoil soon.
  • If you are trying any of the variations as suggested above, please do so within 24 to 48 hours.
  • Adjust the quantity of chillies and spice according to your preference. You can also reduce the quantity of oil for the recipe but sesame oil does bring out a delectable flavour to the potatoes so I have been a little generous.
  • In case you don’t stock sesame oil, use vegetable oil instead.
  • I am generous in adding turmeric powder to my recipes. Please adjust the quantity according to your preference. I prefer adding turmeric powder to the hot oil instead of cooking the potatoes with the turmeric and salt.
Keyword No Onion No Garlic Recipe, Potato Podimas, Urulai kizhangu Podimas, Urulai Podimas
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Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

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