Monday, August 18, 2008

Potato Curry (Urulaikizhangu kara curry)

Potato kara curry is a simple, spicy curry from south Indian cuisine. This is a very popular curry and definitely falls under the category of a crowd pleaser.  Its popularity probably explains why a lot of south Indian wedding buffets/lunches serve this curry :) And like any other popular curry, there are many variation of this curry that are made. I have seen some versions with garlic, some with curry leaves, some with onions so on and so forth.

This version is my take on this curry. I make it with a spice powder that I feel enhances the taste of this curry a lot, but in a pinch I make this with just chili powder or sambar powder and it tastes wonderful that way too:) This curry pairs perfectly with sambar or rasam, but it can just as easily be used as a side dish to phulkas or as a filling in wraps too.

Potato Curry-Urilakizhangu Kara Curry-South Indian style potato curry

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Ingredients and Method to make the potato curry

3 1/2 cups of potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I used about 4 to 5 potatoes )
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds (sarson/rai/kadagu)
1 tsp split black gram lentil (udad dhal/ ulatham parappu)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi/manjal podi)
a pinch of asafoetida (hing/perungayam)
3 heaped tsp curry spice powder or to taste (ingredients and method to make the curry spice powder given below, see notes)
salt to taste

For the curry spice powder
2 Tbsp split chick pea lentil (chana dhal/ kadalai parappu)
2 tbsp coriander seeds (dhania)
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi dana/mendiyam)
4 dry red chillies

Dry roast all the ingredients for the spice powder seperately on a low heat. The lentils should turn reddish brown, coriander seeds slightly darker, fenugreek seeds slightly darker, red chillies until just warm. (Take care that none of the ingredients char or burn as it will spoil the taste of the curry)

Cool and powder using a spice jar or in a regular blender until it becomes a smooth powder.
The quantity given above will be sufficient to make curry two to three times depending on the quantity used in the recipe.I store the balance in a dry airtight container and it easily keeps for about a month.
Feel free to scale down the quantities if you do not want to store this powder, or if you want to skip this powder entirely read the notes below.

Peel and cut potatoes into 1/2 inch pieces and keep it in a bowl filled with water. This helps avoid discoloration of potatoes.

In a heavy bottomed pan,heat oil and add mustard seeds and split black gram lentil.When the mustard seeds start spluttering and the lentil starts turning reddish brown, add asafoetida and stir once or twice. Then add turmeric powder and stir quickly once or twice, then add drained potatoes.

Add salt to taste and mix well, sprinkle a little water, close with a lid and cook the potatoes on a low heat. Stir frequently and sprinkle additional water if required.

Once the potatoes are cooked and soft, add the curry powder to this and mix well.

Adjust the spice level as per taste. Heat for another minute or two. Remove from heat.

Serve hot with  plain steamed rice and sambar on the side or rasam on the side.

Notes:
If you do not want to use the spice powder in this above recipe, just use red chili powder to taste in its place. That tastes good too. Or you can use a little sambar powder instead of the chili powder or the spice mix above. That works as well :)

35 comments :

Uma said...

yum! The curry looks so delicious.

sowmya said...

love this anytime..goes well with anything too..rotis,rice ,dosai,sandwiches..isn't it?

Priti said...

U r rite..its evergreen potato...we all love this veggie :)

Sireesha said...

Curry looks tempting my all time favorite can be eaten with anything..

Shreya said...

comfort food..anytime..love it!

jd said...

This looks SO delicious!

It's a good thing I haven't been to an Indian wedding lately, because if this is what they were serving I'd probably have to wear elastic-waist pants instead of a nice dress!

LOL!

Nidhi said...

Potatoes..King of the veggies. I havent come across anybody who doesnt like potatoes.
Potato Bhaji looks Gud. The mix of curry powder is interesting!

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

the curry looks lovely .. i too make a similar one but i add red chilli powder , love eating it with rotis ..

Suma Rajesh said...

potato curry is all time fav...urs looks tempting

Meera said...

Potato is all time favorite!! Your khara curry looks yummy!

VG said...

Hi Usha

Thanks for visiting my blog. Aloos are always a hit in my household especially with chapattis.

Holler said...

That sounds absolutely delicious :P

rankrish1985 said...

Hi thanks for visiting my blog.Potato curry is something I can never resist, especially with hot sambar/rasam rice:)

Madhavi said...

Yummy yummy curry, potato khane ke liye me kuchh bhi kar sakti hu ;-) Delicious entry!!!

Srividya said...

Hi Usha,
Potato is a universal favorite and your preparation looks yummy. Thanks for your comments after visiting my blog.

dindintonight said...

Hello Usha..thank you for visiting my blog. Your khara curry looks yummy! :-D

Usha said...

Thanks for visiting Uma :)

Yes Sowmya,this is a very versatile curry works with almost anything :)

Usha said...

Thanks Priti :)

Thanks Sireesha,this is one of my faves too,only I do not make this as often as I used to in the past unfortunately :(

Usha said...

So true Shreya....Thanks :)

Usha said...

It is truly yummy JD, and imagine this is just one of many delicious dishes served at Indian weddings....I would definitely suggest some dress with some room for expansion :)

Usha said...

Yes Nidhi I agree I have not seen anyone who does not like potatoes too:)

Usha said...

Thanks VP,I occasionally make mine with red chili powder too :)

Usha said...

Thanks Suma :)


Thanks Meera :)

Usha said...

Thanks for dropping by VG hope to see you here again :)

Usha said...

Thanks Holler :)

Usha said...

Thanks for visiting mine Rankrish,potato curry does seem to be an universal favorite :)

Usha said...

Haan Madhavi,potato sab ko achcha lagta hain :)

Usha said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Srividya:)

Usha said...

Thanks dindintonight,I enjoyed my visit to yours too:)

Rajani said...

yummy aloo subzi, i love the masala mix and def. going to try this.

Lore said...

You're right, it's one of my all-times favourite too! Now I'm left drooling :D

eatme_delicious said...

Oh wow this looks really good!

Usha said...

Thanks Rajani..do try this,we absolutely love this dish and it is great for entertaining since everybody seems to love it too:)

Usha said...

Thanks for visiting Lore :)

Usha said...

Thanks for visiting Eat_me delicious:)

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