Potato Podimas

This is a classic that my mom prepared for us as children. We loved the podimas in so many different roopams - forms; tucked into toasted sandwiches, sealed in a filo pastry, or just as an accompaniment to thayir sadham - yogurt rice. This recipe is a low fat, yet tasty method of preparing potatoes. I liken this to South Indian Mashed potatoes. Ok alright I admit it, potatoes are my favorite food group! This recipe is sufficient for 2 people with a little left over to make your sandwich switch up the next day.

Potato Podimas
2 large potatoes, 1 large green chili, 1 tbsp minced ginger, a few curry leaves, 1 tsp of mustard seeds, 1 tsp channa daal, a pinch of asafetida, 1 tsp of turmeric, 1 tsp of red chili powder (optional), chopped cilantro for garnish, 1/2 lime or lemon, salt.

1. Boil the potatoes and cut them into chunks.
2. Splutter the mustard seeds in 2 tbsp oil, add the channa daal, curry leaves, asafetida.
3. Add the green chili and ginger, and fry.
4. Add the turmeric, chili powder (optional), and potatoes. Squeeze the lime/lemon into this.
5. Add salt.
6. Mash roughly with a potato masher. Garnish with chopped cilantro.


Verdict: Thumbs up from Shankar, and we did the switchup today for an after work snack.

13 comments:

Roopa said...

lovely color. potato palya is all time favorite any time ready for it!

Bharathy. said...

Neat,Nice and simple:)

Asha said...

Love the color of this dish,a eternal fav of all Indians!:)

Manjula said...

Thats a quick and easy way to make a delicious potato palya. I often make this as a filling for potato bondas and samosas, but never occurred to me that its a side dish on its own!

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Manjula,

Yes, my mom used to make bonda's with this. How could I forget that!! Another friend of mine makes this with garlic in it, which is also really tasty.

Kanchana

Sandeepa said...

Simple and yumm...and by any other name tastes as good

Reena said...

kanchana, my MIL taught me podimas and before that i had never heard this name. my mom too makes something similar to this but we called it aloo sabji. your picture looks exactly like how my MIL makes. i do too:).

david santos said...

Thanks for you work and have a good weekend

trupti said...

this is my favorite in those toasted sandwiches you mentioned...and that too, made in the Indian sandwich maker...just something about its taste...awesome.

thanks for your lovely comment, Kanch. A hug for you,
trupti

Dilip said...

love the colours...hmmmmm...can smell it from here....looks lovely...thanks for sharing

Sig said...

Kanchana, I think it is my first time here... love potato podimas, your picture looks yummy!

Coffee & Vanilla said...

I have to try this one...

Greetings, Margot

Mansi Desai said...

Hi Kanchana,

came here from Simple Cooking Portal:) you've probably got tons of compliments for your food,and so I have to tell you that i loved your blog name and the banner image!! awesome...totally reflects what u r as a person...

nice job with the blog too!