Saturday, July 05, 2014

Potato Podimas Recipe | Brahmin-Style Podimas | No-onion,No-garlic Recipe

This is a very easy side-dish prepared with mashed potato flavoured with a mild south-Indian seasoning. Despite its simplicity, it holds a special place in any traditional feast menu. Being a no-onion, no-garlic Satvik recipe, it is also suitable for everyday cooking, especially on auspicious vrat days. I always do Podimas with Plantain / Vazhaikkai as I had thought kids like potato in the form of spicy curry more than anything else. But, to my surprise, when I did this Podimas, they loved it equally. As it can be done in less than 5mins if we have boiled potato handy (which I usually pressure cook with rice), this is a fuss-free recipe for busy mornings as well.

Preparation time - 5mins
Cooking time - 25mins (including pressure cooking of Potato)

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Theme - South Indian Meal Dishes


Potato - 3
Coconut oil - 1tblsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Urd dal - 1tsp
Ginger - 1/2" piece, grated
Green chilli - 2, chopped finely
Curry leaves - A sprig
Salt - As needed
Turmeric powder - 1/2tsp
Grated coconut - 2-3tblsp
Asafoetida - 1/4tsp
Lemon juice - A squeeze


1.  Boil potatoes in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles. Peel and crumble gently. DO NOT mash it completely.

2. Heat oil in a pan, temper it with mustard and urad dal. Once it turns golden, add ginger, chilli, curry leaves, salt and turmeric powder and sauté for 5-6secs.


3.  Add grated coconut and sauté for another 10secs. Add the mashed potato and gently stir to coat evenly. Switch off the flame and squeeze in lemon juice.


Serve as a side for any rice varieties. Makes an excellent dry filling for chapathi roll for a packed meal for kids! Enjoy!

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  1. Oh looks so inviting...nicely done series..

  2. Very well done. Tempting too.

  3. One of my comforting food, soo tempting podimas.

  4. Sounds delicious. .aaloo is welcome any time.

  5. It looks tasty and comforting dish !

  6. Tempting podimas curry.. It's making me hungry.

  7. This is one of the best dish to go with sambar rice! Yum!