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Urulakizhangu Mezhukkupuratti | Potato Stir Fry

Mezhukkupuratti is a Kerala specialty prepared with vegetable stir-fried with garlic, onions or shallots and spices. Usually the dish is prepared with vegetables like koorka (chinese potato), raw banana (vazhakka/kaya), elephant foot yam (chena), bittergourd (pavakka), chakka kuru (jackfruit seeds) and yardlong beans (payar). Though the above vegetables are the traditional ones used to make mezhukkupuratti, we can use any vegetable available locally to make this stir fry. 

Potato mezhukkupuratti is one of my favorites and it goes well with any South Indian gravy and variety rice. Do not use boiled potato for this recipe. The real taste of this mezhukkupuratti comes when the potatoes are slow cooked with spices. By the time the potatoes are cooked, the onions get caramelized, adding a bit of sweetness which balances the spice. This stir fry not only goes well as a side dish to rice but can be served with chapathi too. 


{ Kerala style potato stir fry with garlic, onion and spices }
Serves 2-3


4 medium potatoes, cut into medium cubes
1 medium onion, sliced
5-6 garlic cloves, crushed
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tbsp + 2 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp split urad dal
2-3 dry red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
Salt to taste


1. In a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it crackles add urad dal, red chillies and curry leaves. Then add garlic and fry for few seconds.

2. Add onions and fry till they turn soft. Then add potatoes, turmeric powder, red chilly powder and salt. Sprinkle little water and mix well.

3. Cover and cook for around 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked, stirring in between.

4. Add remaining oil and fry the potatoes uncovered for another 4-5 minutes.

Notes and Tips
  • Make sure to stir the potatoes in between to avoid sticking to pan and burning.
  • You can reduce the amount of garlic, but do not skip it entirely.
  • Instead of normal onion, you can use shallots/small onion too.


  1. I feel like coming over to you for lunch... yum...

  2. Drooling right over the flavors !

  3. love this easy but tempting potato fry.

  4. love this mezhukuparetti with rasam,yummm :)

  5. yummy.. mezhukkupuratti super..

  6. the very look of it is it

  7. Delicious potato fry, will be superb with rasam rice..

  8. Our family favorite...looks so yum

  9. Love anything with potatoes, this looks so yum yum..

  10. Lovely stir fry.Must try this version.

  11. Can have this potato fry just like snacks, soo irresistible.

  12. Best side dish with sambar rice..

  13. Love this mezhukkupuratti...yummy..

  14. Loved this vegetable. Will try it soon :).

  15. I love this simple stir fry kind of a curry.

  16. That will make a superb side dish with rasam and sambar rice.

  17. Stir fry looks yummy and inviting.


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