Potato Podimas – Southindian style mashed potatoes

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.