Potato Podimas

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Potato is that root vegetable which gets transformed into a variety of dishes, each distinct from the other, as you travel from one place to another in the Indian subcontinent. So, just like there are other regional Batata Bhaji, Aloo Chokha, aloo sheddo, etc. made of boiled and mashed potatoes, there’s the Potato Podimas, famous in South India. This vegan Potato Podimas recipe is basically mashed potatoes tempered with the basic South Indian spices and herbs.

potato podimas served in a white bowl with a plate of masala rice and a small bowl of cucumber and onions kept with it.

About Potato Podimas Recipe

Potato Podimas, also referred to as Urulaikilangu Podimas in Tamil language, can be considered as a side dish or even a thick spiced tempered aloo curry.

You can say that this is somewhat a South Indian spiced version of mashed potatoes, minus any cream or butter in it. This is also a satvik, no onion, no garlic recipe.

The Potato Podimas recipe is another one of those many quick and easy recipes with potato, the universal favorite vegetable.

Thus, even at my home, I often make this dish as it is the simplest way to turn your regular aloo ki sabzi into something different, yet tasty.

I developed this Potato Podimas recipe after getting inspired from a South Indian restaurant which I used to frequently visit in my childhood days, with my family.

Their aloo podimas used to be a part of the extensive South Indian thali, which was delectable in itself. 

With just a few and easily available spices which an Indian kitchen is always stocked with, you can make this sumptuous Potato Podimas.

One more recipe that I make with potatoes is this spicy Potato Roast, which is also cooked in a South Indian style.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Potato Podimas


1. Measure and keep all the ingredients ready.

measured ingredients kept ready for potato podimas recipe.

2. Boil or steam 2 large potatoes in a pressure cooker or steamer adding water as needed, until well cooked, fork tender and mashable.

boiling potatoes for potato podimas recipe.

3. Peel and mash the potatoes coarsely when they are still hot or warm.

peeled potatoes in a bowl.

4. You can also crumble the potatoes. Keep the roughly mashed potatoes aside.

mashed potatoes in a bowl.

Make Potato Podimas

5. In a pan, heat 1 to 1.5 tablespoons oil. Crackle ¾ teaspoon mustard seeds.

mustard seeds crackling in hot oil in a pan.

7. Then, add ¾ teaspoon cumin seeds.

cumin seeds added to the hot oil.

8. Let the cumin seeds splutter.

cumin seeds spluttering in hot oil.

9. Add 1 finely chopped green chili (about 1 teaspoon finely chopped) and ½ teaspoon grated ginger.

chopped green chili and grated ginger added to the spices.

10. Next, add 10 to 12 curry leaves, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and ¼ teaspoon asafoetida powder (hing).

curry leaves, turmeric powder and asafoetida added to the oil.

11. Fry for 8 to 9 seconds on a low heat making sure the spices and herbs do not burn.

frying ingredients.

12. Next, add the mashed potatoes.

mashed potatoes added to the pan for potato podimas recipe.

13. Add salt as required.

salt added to the mashed potatoes.

14. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes on low heat. Stir at times.

sautéing potato mixture for potato podimas recipe.

15. Add ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves.

chopped coriander leaves added to the potato podimas recipe.

16. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes more on low heat. Instead of sautéing with coriander leaves, you can also garnish with coriander leaves.

sautéing potato mixture.

17. Serve Potato Podimas hot or warm with Chapati, Poori or as a side with Sambar, Rasam, Dal paired with steamed rice.

potato podimas served in a white bowl with a plate of masala rice and a small bowl of cucumber and onions kept with it.

Serving Suggestions

I like to have my Potato Podimas at home with rice dishes like a tasty Palak Rice or a Tomato Rice. Since the dish is spiced, it also pairs amazingly with the non-spicy Curd Rice.

Since the Potato Podimas is not spicy, neither hot; thus, with poori and chapati or roti it also make an excellent combination.

Not wanting to have any bread, then go for a pairing of sambar-rice, rasam-rice or your very everyday dal-rice and have this podimas as a side dish with these.

Expert Tips

  1. You can either mash or even crumble the boiled potatoes.
  2. Ensure to boil the potatoes really well. They should be softened and fork tender. You can opt to chop instead of mashing them.
  3. If you like, you can add some lemon juice and coconut. Add both the lemon juice and coconut towards the end. Turn off the heat, add these, mix and serve.
  4. Make it spicier by increasing the quantity of green chilies in the recipe.
  5. ¾ teaspoon of urad dal (black gram) can also be added in the tempering.
  6. The dish can be made with coconut oil as well as any neutral flavored oil.
  7. The recipe is scaleable to make for more servings.

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potato podimas recipe

Potato Podimas Recipe

Potato Podimas is a delicious South Indian style spiced and tempered mashed potato preparation. Here the potatoes are cooked, crumbled or mashed, later to be tempered with the basic South Indian spices and herbs.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine South Indian
Course Side Dish
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 3


  • 2 potatoes large-sized
  • ¾ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger – optional
  • 1 green chili – finely chopped or 1 teaspoon
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoon oil – any neutral flavored oil
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice or as required – optional
  • 2 tablespoons coconut – fresh and grated, optional
  • salt as required



  • Rinse potatoes very well in fresh water. Then boil or steam the potatoes in a stovetop pressure cooker or steamer or Instant pot adding water as needed.
  • The potatoes should be completely cooked and of mashable consistency.
  • When the potatoes become warm or cool, peel them.
  • Mash them coarsely. You can also crumble the potatoes if you prefer. Keep the roughly mashed potatoes aside.

Making potato podimas

  • Heat oil in a pan. On low heat crackle the mustard seeds first. Then add the cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add the green chilies, ginger, curry leaves, turmeric and asafoetida.
  • Fry for 8 to 9 seconds on low heat taking care that the spices don’t burn.. Add the mashed potatoes. Stir and mix well.
  • Add salt as needed and saute for 3 to 4 minutes on a low heat stirring at times.
  • Add the coriander leaves and saute for 1 to 2 minutes more on a low heat.
  • Instead of sauteing with coriander leaves, you can also garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve potato podimas hot or warm with chapati, poori or sambar-rice, rasam-rice or curd rice or dal-rice combo.


  • Make sure to cook the potatoes until fork tender.
  • You can use any neutral-flavored oil.
  • If using lemon juice and coconut, add both of these ingredients once the dish is ready. Turn off the heat, add them and mix well.
  • The recipe can be scaled as per your needs.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Potato Podimas Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 241 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Sodium 605mg26%
Potassium 940mg27%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 339IU7%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.2mg13%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.1mg6%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 60mg300%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 144mg175%
Vitamin E 3mg20%
Vitamin K 11µg10%
Calcium 60mg6%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 625µg156%
Iron 2mg11%
Magnesium 59mg15%
Phosphorus 138mg14%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Potato Podimas recipe from the archives was first published in December 2013. It has been updated and republished in February 2024.

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  1. I loved this! I have usually had plantain podimas (thanks to my Kerala roots) and this one (with lemon juice added) was an interesting dish!

    Your comment about urad dal had me laughing!5 stars

    1. thanks. in fact we do like urad dal in the tempering as the flavor it imparts. but for time being stopped, as i am having a root canal treatment being done.

  2. Always a comfort food!! You know, when I visit your site, I get ideas to make vegetarian food, so its podimas for dinner today!!