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Chettinad Baby Potato Roast

Baby potatoes roasted with a blend of aromatic spices and lentils/dals

Chettinad cuisine is a famous cuisine from the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu state in South India. A variety of aromatic spices are used in the preparation of Chettinad dishes. Though the cuisine is mostly well-known for its non-vegetarian dishes, there are few popular vegetarian dishes as well like paniyaram, seeyam, kavuni arisi, kandarappam etc.

Today's recipe is a simple yet spicy and flavorful baby potato roast cooked with aromatic spices. This goes well with rice and South Indian curry like sambar or rasam. I served this delicious potato roast with hot piping parippu rasam and rice - a wonderful combo! 


Baby potato - 12 to 15
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida/Hing - a pinch
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste

For masala:
Split urad dal - 1 tbsp
Channa dal - 2 tsp
Whole dry red chillies - 4 to 5
Black peppercorn -  5 to 6


1. Boil the potatoes and peel them. Keep aside.

2. Dry roast the ingredients under masala until nice aroma comes. Cool and grind to a powder.

3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it pops, add hing, turmeric powder, curry leaves and salt. Fry for 30 seconds.

4. Then add the potatoes and fry for 2-3 minutes making sure it gets coated well in the oil.

5. Then add the powdered masala and mix well ensuring masala is well coated on all potatoes. 

6. Add remaining 1 tbsp oil and roast in medium flame till potato gets a light golden crust.

Serve hot.


1. My baby potatoes were little big, so I have halved them. You can use normal potatoes also, just cut them into cubes.

2. Potatoes should not be overcooked else they will break while frying.  You can also peel and microwave the potatoes.


  1. Looks so tempting... would love it with curd rice

  2. looks delicious and very tempting :)

  3. wow it looks so perfect...

  4. Wow! So yummy! Drooling over here! :)

  5. Wow! Awesome colour and flavour Sona :-)

  6. Perfectly roasted baby potatoes. Looks delicious..

  7. looks scrumptiously tasty dear

  8. What a perfect platter of roasted baby potatoes....its amazing dear

  9. Sona,the crisp masala on top of the potatoes look so tempting!!

  10. So tempting roasted potatoes..spicy and flavourful

  11. Delicious baby potato fry Love it.

  12. Perfectly roasted potatoes, looks so tempting!

  13. Crispy roasted delicious potatoes, loved the clicks.

  14. Bookmarked it .. will try soon :)

  15. Love those potatoes . Looks crisp

  16. I love potatoes in any form except eating it as raw :)On my to do list!!


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