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South Indian Spicy Potato Curry in a small kadai
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South Indian Spicy Potato Curry

Hot and Spicy Curried Potato or Aloo Fry curry cooked South Indian style! It's a delicious vegan side dish made with spices and crispy roast potatoes. A quick and easy meal for busy weeknights. 
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 114.06kcal

Equipment

  • pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • The first step is to prep the potatoes. Now there are two ways you can do that.
  • You can parboil the potatoes, then peel and cut them into cubes, or first peel and cut them into cubes and then fry them without parboiling.
  • I have parboiled them in the microwave for this recipe. To parboil, add potatoes to a bowl along with water, salt and turmeric. Microwave on HIGH for 13-15 minutes. Drain, peel, and cut in cubes.
  • However, you can also parboil the potatoes in a pressure cooker, Instant pot, or stovetop.
  • Heat oil or ghee in a pan. Once it's hot, add the mustard seeds and let them crackle. After that, add the cumin seeds and urad dal. Fry till the dal turns light golden.
  • Then add half of the chopped cilantro, turmeric powder, and sambhar powder.
  • Fry for 30 seconds and then immediately add the potatoes along with salt. Fry it all together till the potatoes are done and coated with the masala.
  • It could take about 10 - 12 minutes on medium flame. Keep stirring at regular intervals to ensure even roasting.
  • Finally, garnish with the remaining chopped cilantro. You can also garnish with shredded coconut.
  • Keep stirring so the potatoes are evenly cooked. You can stick a fork in them, or try to split them with a spatula or spoon.
  • It could take about 10 - 12 minutes on medium flame. Keep stirring at regular intervals to ensure even roasting. You can stick a fork in them, or try to split them with a spatula or spoon to check if they are done.
  • Finally, garnish with the remaining chopped cilantro. You can also garnish with shredded coconut. 

Notes

For more flavoring, you can add garlic powder, asafoetida, and curry leaves when frying the other ingredients. You can also add garlic, onions, and tomatoes to this Aloo Fry. 
Russet or Yukon Gold Potatoes are ideal for this recipe. If you are not parboiling the potatoes first and using them raw, soak the cubes in water for 15 minutes. They will turn out crispier and get rid of the extra starch. 
If you are parboiling them first, add little salt and turmeric when doing so. This ensures the flavor and color get infused into them. You can also use baby potatoes for this recipe. 
Remember, in the end, the potato cubes must hold their shape and not become mushy. Do not overcook them. Leave the skin on if needed, to tap in its nutrients. 
Some like to add 1-2 tablespoons of chickpea flour/besan after adding the spice mix to help with the spices bind with the potatoes.
Normally this is a spicy crispy roast potatoes recipe, but you can tone down the spice levels if intolerant or making for children by adding less sambhar powder. 
If you are not vegan, fry the potatoes in ghee! Ghee Potato Roast is a delicacy that all must try! 
There is another mashed version of this same recipe that's also very popular in South India. For that, just cook the potatoes till they're mashable. Then follow the remaining steps of this recipe. 
While this is a dry curry, you can make it gravy by adding water or vegetable stock. Then you easily mix it with rice and enjoy it without having to make sambhar, rasam, or dal. 
How to make crispy roast potatoes
Do not cover the pan while cooking and add more oil and cook on a low-medium flame. This will make the potato roast crispier. 
How to store leftovers
This Aloo Fry curry stays well in the fridge for 4-5 days. You can also freeze it. Just heat it up and serve. You can also freeze the cut potatoes (before cooking them) to speed up your cooking process. 
Alternates to sambhar powder
If you don't have sambhar powder, you can use rasam powder or any other curry powder. However, the taste will differ. 
Some North Indian spices mix like Garam masala, Kitchen King Masala, or even Pav Bhaji Masala can be used. All these will yield wonderful results but you will not get the authentic South Indian taste.
Alternatives to Potatoes
You can follow this same recipe and use Plantains, cauliflower, yams, sweet potatoes, or any other veggies instead. 

Nutrition

Calories: 114.06kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.14g | Protein: 3.04g | Fat: 8.57g | Saturated Fat: 0.68g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 3.45mg | Potassium: 53.26mg | Fiber: 3.75g | Sugar: 0.16g | Vitamin A: 148.5IU | Vitamin C: 1.18mg | Calcium: 20.08mg | Iron: 1.62mg