Potato Podimas - Southindian style mashed potatoes

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Podimas, a classic mash dish from Southindia. This was the original dish, planned for day 1 post, but then i somehow changed mind and did Beets mash. I normally make Vazhaikaai podimas at home, mash with green plantains. Potato podimas is least favored by kids, they love crispy potatoes or in a gravy, like dubki wale aloo and raswale potato curry. 
Potato curry, Simple potato curry, southindian style potato curry

When i made this today, my elder gave a dirty look asking, why did you kill them? 😆 But when i served the same for dinner along with dosa, he loved it. Some dishes need a perfect pairing. I love this podimas with hot hot rasam rice. They just blend with the rice and gives nice texture to the dish,you need to try it to believe it.
A relatively easy dish, which can be done in flat 15 minutes, all you need is boiled potatoes, it just needs to be seasonned well.  Try this and enjoy with rice/roti or your dosa!

4 medium sized potatoes
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 nos red chilies, broken
1 tsp urad dal
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
a pinch of hing/asafoetida
a string of curry leaf
1.5 tsp sambar powder (u can also use 1 tsp red chili powder and 1 tsp coriander powder)
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
fresh coriadner for garnish

  • Wash, peel and chop the potatoes into chunks. Cook them either on stove-top or in the microwave until soft. Once they are cooked, drain and keep aside.
  • In a wide pan, add oil, spluter mustard seeds, add curry leaves, red chili and hing. Next add urad dal and let it turn golden brown.
  • Now add the soft potatoes to this and mash with a potato masher. Add sambar powder, tumeric powder and salt. Mix well.
  • Sprinkle little water, cover and cook for 5 minutes in a simmer flame, for the spices to blend well. Take it off the heat garnish with coriander leaves, and serve warm with rice/roti/dosa.

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  1. My most favorite recipe !!


  2. Lol ! Killed them ! I love the statement Kids come up with !
    And these potatoes sound so flavourful , your description of how to eat with rasam and rice makes me drool .

  3. Those "killed potatoes" look so delicious! Hehe... especially you saying it with rasam rice... I am full with lunch but still feeling hungry at the thought...

  4. This is no doubt one of the most loved forms of potato!

  5. Haha, kids are funny! This podimas looks delicious and versatile to serve with dosa or rice. A good one for mashed theme.

  6. Even i love podimas with rasam rice, lol kids are so cute. Lovely way to serve podimas with dosas.

  7. Love your recipe.. looks awesome and tasty.

  8. My family can live just on potatoes and so this is on the top of their list!

  9. I have plantain podimas on my blog - you know my plantain obsession:) potato version looks super delish also

  10. Potato Podimas are one of my favorite too -- right after crispy potato fry. Great side dish to rice or dosa. Yumm!!


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