Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Urulakkizhangu Mezhukkuvaratti - An aromatic Kerala side dish using potatoes



It was just few days ago Aparna & myself were twittering about this dish and I realised that I have never posted this before! How could I do that when this is my all time favourite?? Hmmm so the very next day we happened to make this at home and here it is :)

This dish has a lot of memories... it was my paternal grandmom( Mamma) who introduced this in our family and it was my dad's fave and now mine :) I can eat it anytime....as a snack or as a side dish! :) Just love it! It is perfect when paired with yoghurt/moru curry & rice.

Whenever Amma makes it...I tell her that I still clearly remeber how she used to feed me balls of rice mixed with moru curry and potato mezhukkuvaratti( which literally means 'smeared with oil')when we used to stay over in our estate... and that too when I was sitting on our trailer ( our jeep had a trailer for collecting all the farm produce and that was my place when I was fed :D )


Potato Mezhukkuvaratti
Recipe by Mamma

Ingredients:
Potatoes-4-5 medium sized
Garlic-5-6 cloves
Shallots/Sambar onions -8-10
Dry red chillies - 3-4
Chilli powder-1 1/2 - 2 tsp depending on your spice tolerance
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Water*-1/4 cup
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Salt- to taste
Curry leaves- 1 sprig
Oil-5-6 tbsp ( we use coconut oil & we swear by it :D )

Method:
  • Wash,peel and cut the potato into bite sized cubes and leave it in water so that it does not discolour.
  • Grind garlic,shallots & dry red chillies to a paste using a mixie or a mortar & pestle ( preferably the granite one)
  • Heat oil, splutter the mustard seeds.
  • Saute the ground ingredients till a lovely aroma comes.
  • Lower the flame and the powders and mix well.
  • Add the potatoes ( we usually just take them directly out of the water , shake of the excess slightly and add it to the masala) and mix well.
  • Close with a lid and let it on low flame cook for 5-8 mins stirring well in between ( If you are going to drain the potatoes completely and add them, sprinkle 1/4 cup of water over them and let them cook)
  • Once it is cooked, remove the lid and fry it slightly for 2-3 mins adding oil if needed.
  • Garnish with curry leaves and serve hot with plain rice.


Some notes:

We usually let it cook till it is almost dry...kinda fry types ...so that the potatoes are well coated with the masala and they are slightly crisp on the outer edges but soft inside. So it might call for more oil. But if you do not want to use too much oil, no issues...go ahead ! I really feel potatoes made in any form is really delicious!


37 Comments:

Nandini Vishwanath said...

I could kill for some. Gosh! I might just make it in the next 2 days.

Jennifer said...

Wow! The photo with the word 'addictive' on it pulls me in! How you not only managed to get the potatoes browned with different hues, but managed to express that in the photo!!
I love to eat this kind of potato dish with curd rice!! Oh gosh now I am hungry!! :)

Trupti said...

wow potato curry looks mouthwatering Ria

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5 Star Foodie said...

Those potatoes look awesome! Can't wait to try this!

Pari said...

Simple and tasty recipe. It's good for hurry-merry meal.

Nithya said...

Too much.... I just cant hold my temptation.. The pic looks awesome. Will try it soon.

Priya said...

One of my favourites too..mine just doesnt come out this way ,I never used to grind the garlic,ulli part - would just add them chopped .I will try your way now .It sure looks good the photos are amazing .Yes Kachiya moru and Potato mezhukkupuratti - it is a great combination.

Ann said...

OMG!! so unique and new to me. looks soo mouth watering. I love the title too :)

Suparna said...

hi Ria,
We enjoy potato preparations a lot at home :)This one seems superb and easy, thanks ...Shall try it shortly :)
TC

Ammu said...

I love potato mezhukkuparatti too..mine is a thattippu recipe though..just chilly powder n salt..this one looks more flavourful..planning to try it soon..ur pic really made me drool..

Maria said...

mouthwatering pics!! its been long that I made this, thanks for reminding :)

Abhilash Pillai said...

This is a dish I had several times when I lived with my parents...

The pictures as always look "jabardast".

I call it a gas dish, when given to marvadi's... Potato is the source of carbohydrates and makes the greavy in a dish thicker.

mezhukkuvaratti( how can you make such a spelling- really awsome, I should say good spelling work.)

So you discovered a spelling too... I hope some one will give you a award for this work :D

Smitha said...

Adipoli mezhukkupuratti.

Ann said...

Who can resist this yummy potato fry ? looks awesome..I used to make it with some carrots usually..its been long since I made it like this..slurp..!!

isa said...

Those potatoes look delicious!
I'm going to try this!

Pooja said...

Looks awesome! Potato mezhukkupuratti is my all time favourite! Nothing can ever beat the taste!

Nithya Praveen said...

First time here...u have a nice blog here.Yummy looking potatoes....wud make everyone hungry.

Divya Kudua said...

A family favorite,I should say...:).What would we do without the ever-humble potatoes..:)

I make a very similar version,only difference,I don't add shallot/garlic.Rest everything pretty much the same.And yes,I prefer the version when it is completely roasted in Oil,no water added..yummmm:)

http://divyascookbook.blogspot.com/2009/01/simple-potato-upkari.html

Doloncookbook said...

Hey Ria , First time here & loved your blog ... You have nice space . Thanks for those nice words dropped by you in my blog ... Hope to see you again ..& yes I am following you from now onwards dear ....

Sanghi said...

Yummy potato ria..!

abhi said...

Hi , it will be really nice when you sprinkle some crushed black pepper at the end

Anju said...

Am game for anything with potatoes & this looks absolutely delicious, i am going to make some this week.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Love the aromatic spices in the recipe...look drool worthy....

raj said...

weird coincidence??
i just made this today!!!
:)
the photos are lovely!!

Parita said...

The click is too tempting Ria, lovely potato dish!

sangi said...

Mezhukkuvaratti looks soooo tempting Ria...!
U have a nice blog dear!

Michelle said...

Such a unique way to make potatoes and the chili glaze looks so luscious!

Aparna said...

This was quick! I still haven't gotten to posting this on my blog! :)
We make it without the onions and garlic.

Nisha said...

hi ria,

i made ur yummy potatoe dish for lunch today.. we enjoyed it thoroghly.. when i read the recipe on ur blog i had it try it out immediately..
thanks so much..

regards
nisha

tibyannie said...

hi ria, the recipe was really too nice and simple. I tried it and it tastes superb. Thanks:)

tibyannie said...

hi Ria, the recipe was really easy and simple. I tried it and it was superb. Thanks:)

Justbeanme said...

i had seen comment on this delish recipe of urs in FB so i wanted to just look wht different u did it.Trust me when u said that u guys like it dry it called for more time of letting it on stove and the xtra time did make it more yummier!! Hey i also tried the same thing on tindoora!hmmmmmmm yummax.Never thought u will have something so simple as Potato in Ur Blog and should say it is really yum.

Ria Mathew said...

Such precious comments!! Thanks to all who tried it, I'm so happy to hear that you guys liked it :)

iG said...

Hi ria, how many servings does this recipe call for?:)

Ria Mathew said...

iG, it totally depends on the size of the potatoes and how hungry you are :) The amount mentioned here would serve 4. This is very tasty and vanishes in no time!

Blessy said...

Just made this for lunch now....It tastes so yummy...Nice combination of spices.. Such a simple dish and so tasty. The magic spices can do to a dish is so wonderful....

najmunnisa ali said...

this s truly delicious.....u made my day!!!!

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