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potato podimas served in a steel bowl with a full South Indian meal at the background
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Potato Podimas

South Indian styled mashed potatoes spiced with ginger and green chili. Vegan.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Pressure release time12 minutes
Course: Vegetables
Cuisine: South Indian Tambrahm, Tamil
Servings: 3 persons


  • Pressure cooker
  • Saute pan


  • 2 largish potatoes boiled and mashed
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped Green chillies 4 chopped finely
  • 2 tsp finely chopped Ginger grater 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder a large pinch
  • 1/4 tsp Hing a pinch
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp Urad dal 1 tsp
  • 2 tsp Channa dal 1 tsp
  • 10 Curry leaves a sprig
  • 1 tbsp Oil 2 tbsp
  • 2 tsp Salt as needed
  • For garnish
  • 2 tbsp Finely chopped Cilantro
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice


  • Combine the potatoes along with 2.5 c water and 1 tsp salt.
  • Pressure cook the potatoes for 3 whistles.
  • Allow pressure to release naturally.
  • When done, drain the cooked potatoes well in a colander.
  • Peel them and mash them lightly once done.
  • Now, mix the required amount of salt and combine well but take care not to mash the potatoes too much.
  • Heat oil in a kadai.
  • Add mustard seeds and after they splutter, add the dals and hing
  • Once the dals turn a light brown, add green chillies, curry leaves and turmeric powder.
  • Saute for 2 mins.
  • Next, add the mashed potatoes and combine well.
  • Now, saute the potatoes on medium flame for 3 to 5 mins.
  • Let it cool.
  • Once cooled, add the lemon juice to this and combine gently.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with rice.

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