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Potato Podimas | Urulaikizhangu Podimas

Urulaikizhangu / potato podimas is a South Indian dish made with simple ingredients like potatoes, green chillies, ginger and tempered with spices. It's a quick, healthy and mildly spiced dish, and we mostly serve it with plain rice and sambar, rasam or vatha kuzmabu. This brahmin style podimas does not contain onion or garlic, making it apt to make on vrat / fasting or festival days. 

This potato podimas can be prepared in a very short time. And if you have boiled potatoes in hand, then you can make this in 10 minutes. I recommend using coconut oil for this dish as it lends a beautiful flavor. You can also serve this as a side dish to chapathi, poori, dal-chawal or variety rice. Let's see how to make to this easy yet delicious podimas.


{ Mildly spiced crumbled potatoes with ginger, green chillies and lemon }
Serves 3


3 medium potato
2 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
¾ tsp split urad dal
¼ tsp asafoetida / hing
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 sprig curry leaves
1 inch ginger piece, grated
3-4 green chillies, finely chopped
Salt to taste
1 tsp lemon juice


1. Pressure cook the potatoes for 3 whistles. Peel the skin and lightly crumble them with hands.

2. Heat a pan with oil and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add urad dal, asafoetida, curry leaves, turmeric powder, ginger and green chillies.

3. Fry for a minute and add the crumbled potatoes, salt and gently combine everything. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice.

Serving Suggestion ~ Rice and sambar / rasam

Notes and Tips
  • Do not mash the potatoes completely. Crumble them roughly with hands while its warm to handle.
  • Adjust the amount of green chillies according to your spice preference.


  1. Perfect combination with hot steaming and sambar. Nice pics Sona..

  2. yummy podimas!! all time comforting meal!!

  3. I usually do this for my favorite vathal kulambu...yummy yummy.

  4. Yummy recipe with perfect pictures.. Love it..

  5. lovely click,Sona...looks delicious :)

  6. one of very versatile dish.. you can use this in many ways.. simple and perfect for lazy days

  7. Love it a lot. Perfect with dosas

  8. Thats a perfect combo sona!! So yummy potato's!

  9. I have never heard of this.. love the way it looks... must try!

  10. love this podimas. My MIL makes it very often. Looks tooo good..

  11. Perfectly made super yummy podimas.

  12. Podimas with rasam is my favorite combo. We usually add coconut to podimas..

  13. Simple and healthy dish.. Will make a nice dish to hot piping rasam.

  14. Comfort dish,looks so yummy

  15. Potato podimas looks perfect.

  16. Potato podimas looks delicious.


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