Potato Masala

Poori Masala or Puri Kizhangu is one of the highlights in all South Indian vegetarian restaurants. The subtle potato curry is an excellent combo with the puffed up deep fried pooris. It is surely a match made in heaven. Kids will enjoy this combination.

This potato masala is also made in North India and is referred as Puri Alu or Aloo Bhaji. It goes well with chapattis too. I usually make a big batch of this curry as it can be used to make Potato sandwiches and Masala Dosa. If you make the masala a little thicker, it can be used to make Potato Bonda or Bread Rolls. On the whole, this is a very simple dish but with numerous uses. So here goes the recipe to make it at home.


  • Potatoes – 4
  • Onion – 1.5 (sliced)
  • Ginger – 1 ” slice (finely chopped)
  • Green Chillies – 2 or 3 (chopped)
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – as needed
  • Cilantro – for garnish

For Tempering

  • Oil – 2 tblsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Cashew Nuts – 8-10
  • Channa Dal – 1 tsp
  • Urad Dal – 1 tsp
  • Dry Red Chillies – 2
  • Curry Leaves – 1 spring


  1. Peel the potatoes, wash it and cut it into cubes.
  2. Take the potato cubes in a pan with about 2 cups of water and salt. Boil and cook it till the potatoes are soft.
  3. Most of the water must have been absorbed by now. It’s ok, even if there is little water. Mash up few of the potato pieces with a masher or the back of a spoon. Keep this aside.
  4. Heat oil in another pan and splutter the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  5. Add the dry red chillies, channa dal and urad dal. Fry till the dals turn reddish brown in colour.
  6. Next add the cashew nuts and fry it.
  7. Add the curry leaves, turmeric powder, chopped ginger and green chillies. Fry for half a minute.
  8. Next add the sliced onions and saute it till they turn tender. Do not brown the onions.
  9. Next add the potatoes along with the left over cooking water. If you want, you can add little more water.
  10. Mix everything, check for salt and simmer it for 5 minutes.
  11. Finally add some cilantro, switch off and serve.


  • You can also add some green peas to give a nice green colour.
  • Add a few drops of lemon juice at the end to give a nice lemony flavor.

Serving Suggestion

  • This is a very famous side-dish with the Indian Bread ‘Puri’ commonly known as puri kilangu or puri alu.
  • This is also stuffed inside Indian crepes ‘Dosas’ and is known as Masala Dosa.
  • This can also be served with rice or chapati.
  • This masala can also be used to make Potato Bondas or Bread Rolls.

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