Mashed Potato – The Indian Way Potato Podimas / Urulaikizhangu Podimas

20180401_102703One of my favourite dish as a kid and even now is Podimas. It is an easy to make side dish. Today is Easter and it would look really good on an Easter table especially for vegetarians. It is usually eaten with rice and maybe sambar but will even go well with dosa or even by itself. This dish will go well with lemon rice. (recipe has been posted earlier)

Traditionally, this is made without onions and my father would think it is blasphemy to add onions, but I like it with onions. You are welcome to leave out the onions.


Medium sized potatoes  4 boiled

Large onion  1 finely chopped

green chillies 1-2 finely chopped

ginger 1-inch piece finely chopped

grated coconut 1-2 tbsp (optional)

For tempering

2 tsp oil

asafoetida a pinch

2 red chillies

turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

mustard seeds 1 tsp

curry leaves 5-6 leaves

urad dal 1-2 tsp

lemon juice 1 tsp (optional)

salt to taste


Peel the boiled potato and mash coarsely.

Heat oil in a pan. Once hot, add mustard, asafoetida, curry leaves, urad dal and red chillies. Add turmeric powder

Once the mustard splutters, add the onion, green chillies and ginger and fry until golden brown.

Then add the mashed potatoes, salt and mix well till the potatoes are heated through.

Add grated coconut and lemon juice and mix well. Serve hot!


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