March 3, 2012

Chettinad Baby Potatoes curry, and my 300th post ! | Easy tangy curry with baby potatoes

Now, my love for potatoes has been well chronicled in this yummy and healthy Potato Roast already. Why the need for another potato curry, you may ask? As it happens, I take after my dad's genes - my love for this tuber knows no bounds. I was known (in my hey day) to munch on Potato Chips by the bag, but now to be a good role model to myself and my kiddo, have had to switch to healthy options using Potatoes. And baby potatoes ! Oh those tiny lovely roundels are soo much my favourite. And when you are writing your 300th post (or to be precise, 305th), it better be an occassion to celebrate. Thanks dearies for your overwhelming support and encouragement. I am celebrating this event with this sizzling Chettinad Baby Potatoes Curry that's just perfect to go with Rotis or Rice-Rasam combo alike. Am sure you would make this too and enjoy the wonderful dish..

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time : 10 mins
Serves : 2

  • Baby Potatoes - 1/2 kg
  • Chettinad Masala powder* - 2 TBSP
  • Tamarind Pulp - 2 TBSP
  • Oil - 2 TBSP
  • Salt - to taste
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Tempering : Mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, urad dal(1/2 tsp)
  • Garnish : coriander leaves & roasted sesame (didnt add this)
 * Chettinad Masala Mix:
For the chettinad Masala powder:
In a pan, fry red chillies and garlic cloves separately. Cool and grind with paruppu podi and amchur. Instant Chettinad masala powder is ready. You can use it for any veggie roast including sepankizhangu (arbi) and vazhakkai (green banana/ balekaayi). 

For the dish:
1) Steam the baby potatoes (with skin on) for 2 whistles (or microwave in slightly salted water till tender but not mushy) . Drain and cool
2) In a large pan, heat oil and prepare tempering. When the mustard stops spluttering, add the chettinad masala, salt, turmeric and give it a nice mix. The spice powder should be slightly sauteed in the oil.
3) Now add the boiled potatoes (I used them whole & with the skin on - you may peel and cube them if preferred). mix to coat the potatoes well.
4) Now add the tamarind pulp, red chilli powder (more spicy if you prefer) and cook covered for 2 -3 mins. Do not add any water. The raw smell of the tamarind paste must disappear at the end of this 
5) Switch off the stove, finish with coriander leaves & roasted sesame.
6) Serve hot with dal, rice and roti. Also a perfect accompaniment to Rice-sambhar or Rasam-rice.


  1. Very tempting and flavorful masala. Must taste yum with rasam rice. Congrats on ur 300th post and wish u many more to come.

  2. Wow...potato roast looks more tempting Kalyani,sounds so spicy n flavorful...nice recipe!!
    Hearty Congrats n wish u many many more Hits !! Keep Rocking!!

  3. The chettinad potatoes look so yummy and inviting. Congrats dear on ur 300th post...

  4. Love all the Chettinad dishes.
    Potatoes look yum !

  5. Wishing you many more tons Kalyani. Curry looks inviting and yummy.

  6. Nice variation,adding tamarind, very tempting, you have crossed 300 posts, way to go..

  7. Awesome recipe...a must to try


  8. yummy potatoes

  9. Congrats on the post !
    Very temtpting recipe, potatoes always make life easier and better :)

    UK Rasoi

    Ongoing Event '' For U - Mum

  10. Congrats on ur 300th post :).. potatoes looks yum.. this is bestest veggies :)

    Ongoing Event: I'm a STAR

  11. Happy 305th post kalyani- sizzling wat to celebrate the same

  12. congrats n this is such an treat..

  13. Congrats dear these are yummy.


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