Potato Roast Recipe

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Here’s a South Indian style Potato Roast recipe, which is literally simplicity at its best. This dish has minimal ingredients, that too the ones which are usually available in an Indian home pantry. Plus, it is quick, easy to prepare and will serve the purpose of a tasty spicy side dish. All you got to do is to boil the potatoes and pan roast them with mustard seeds, spice powders and curry leaves.

potato roast served in a bowl with a bowl of curd rice kept on the top left side and a glass of water kept on the top right side.

About Potato Roast

This Potato Roast (also called Urulai Kizhangu Roast in Tamil language) is one of the best options for days, when you want to prepare a delicious dish on a short notice.

Another similar South Indian way of preparing a quick aloo recipe is this Potato Podimas (savory and spiced cooked potatoes).

Both these recipes do not require much cooking skills and can be easily prepared by bachelors or even novices. I mean you don’t have to be a pro chef or stress over with the recipes of both these.

In addition to these potato-based dishes, you can also try this spicy Mushroom Roast with North Indian flavors.

In this Potato Roast recipe, I have used sambar powder to bring in a unique zing and elevate the taste profile.

If you don’t have readymade sambar powder at home, make it with this Sambar Powder recipe. Or else, prepare the aloo roast with just the turmeric powder and red chili powder.

This aloo roast is a no onion, no garlic recipe, and is slightly spicy and hot. However, the spices can be adjusted and there’s absolutely no problem with that.

My favorite style of having it is either with Dal Fry or Sambar or Rasam paired with steamed rice. You can also have it with dosa, roti, paratha, etc.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Potato Roast

Preparation

1. Boil or steam 3 medium-sized potatoes till they are just cooked. They should not fall apart or get over cooked.

You could cook potatoes in a stovetop pressure cooker, Instant Pot or in a pan on the stovetop.

If cooking in a stovetop pressure cooker, then first rinse the potatoes and place them in a 3-litre cooker with water almost covering the potatoes. Pressure cook on medium heat for 2 whistles or until they are almost cooked.

When the pressure falls naturally on its own, then only open the lid. Drain the water and set the potatoes aside to cool.

boiling potatoes in water.

2. When the potatoes turn warm or cool, peel them.

peeled boiled potatoes on a plate.

3. Then dice or chop them.

boiled potatoes cut into dices.

Make Potato Roast

4. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan. Crackle ½ teaspoon mustard seeds first keeping heat to a low.

mustard seeds crackling in hot oil in a  pan.

5. Then, add 10 to 12 curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds or until the curry leaves turn crisp.

curry leaves added to the hot oil.

6. Add the diced potatoes and stir to mix.

diced potatoes added to the pan.

7. Sprinkle all the ground spice powders and seasonings:

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sambar powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • salt as required
spice powders, asafoetida and salt added to the potatoes.

8. Stir well, so that the spices coats the potatoes well. Sauté on low heat for 5 to 6 minutes stirring in between.

The potatoes are sautéed in a pan on a low to medium-low heat which makes them have a crisp texture.

For a more crispy texture, you could add 1 to 2 teaspoons of rice flour after mixing the potatoes with the spices.

ingredients mixed well with the potatoes and sautéing.

9. Keep on turning at intervals to ensure even crisping and roasting of the potatoes.

cooking potato roast.

10. Once perfectly roasted, serve them hot. You can also garnish Potato Roast with coriander leaves (if you prefer) or drizzle some lemon juice while serving.

cooked potato roast garnished with coriander leaves.

11. Serve Potato Roast as a side dish with sambar-rice, rasam-rice or dal-rice combo.

potato roast garnished with a coriander leaf served in a bowl with a bowl of curd rice kept on the left side and a glass of water kept on the right side.

Potato and Indian Cuisine

You go in any part of the Indian subcontinent, one vegetable (actually a tuber) which you will consistently find across households is the potato. I’d rather call it a staple vegetable for us Indians.

There are many veggies and green leaves that nature has for us. But the kind of love that we have for the humble potato is something else only.

So, when the root vegetable potato is so common in India, obviously there are particular dishes with potato that have variations as you go from region to region.

In South India, you will find this Potato Roast, Potato Kurma, Podimas and Poori Masala while North Indians have their version of the Aloo Puri.

Maharashtra has the Batata Bhaji and Bengal is good with the simplest version of, the Aloo Bhaja and the delicious Alur Dom.

We pair this Potato Roast as a side with the flavorful Arachuvitta Sambar or the simple Sambar with steamed rice.

If not this way, then you can even enjoy it with some dal-rice, rasam-rice, chapati/roti, poori, paratha or even plain dosa, uttapam, etc. Mostly, all the other regional varieties can also be consumed in a similar way.

Expert Tips

  1. Use either regular potatoes or baby potatoes to make this dish. Ensure that you boil the potatoes in a way that they retain their shape and not get mushy.
  2. If you don’t have the sambar powder, make the dish without it.
  3. Alter the spices as per your personal likings. You can even add some green chilies for a spicier dish.
  4. To make it more authentic, you can cook it in coconut oil as well.
  5. Mash the Potato Roast a little and use as a stuffing for dosas, sandwiches, rolls and wraps. Spread on toasts for an open sandwich.

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potato roast garnished with a coriander leaf served in a bowl.

Potato Roast Recipe

This Potato Roast is an easy and spicy South Indian dish made with potatoes. It has minimal ingredients, that too the ones which are usually available in an Indian home pantry.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Cuisine South Indian
Course Side Dish
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 2
Units

Ingredients

  • 3 potatoes medium-sized or 6 to 7 small potatoes
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder or cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Sambar Powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing), optional
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Instructions
 

Prep Potatoes

  • Rinse the potatoes first a few times in water.
  • Boil or steam the potatoes till they are just cooked. They should not fall apart. 
  • You can cook the potatoes in a stove-top pressure cooker, in a pan on stovetop or in an Instant Pot.
  • For cooking in a stovetop pressure cooker, place the rinsed potatoes in it. Add enough water covering the potatoes.
  • Pressure cook for 2 whistles on medium heat or until the potatoes are almost cooked.
  • Let the pressure fall naturally in the cooker and then only open the lid.
  • Drain the water and remove the potatoes. Or remove the potatoes with tongs and set them aside on a plate to cool.
  • Peel the potatoes and dice them when they become warm or are cooled.

Making potato roast

  • Heat oil in a pan. Crackle the mustard seeds first on a low heat.
  • Then add the curry leaves and saute for a few seconds or till the curry leaves become crisp.
  • Add the diced potatoes and stir to mix.
  • Sprinkle all the ground spice powders, asafoetida and salt.
  • Stir well, so that the masala coats the potatoes well. Saute for 5 to 6 mins on a low heat.
  • Keep on turning at intervals to ensure even crisping and roasting of the potatoes.
  • You can also garnish the roasted potatoes with coriander leaves if you like.
  • Serve potato roast as a side dish with sambar rice, rasam rice or dal rice combo. You can drizzle with some lemon juice if you prefer while serving.

Notes

  • Instead of regular potatoes, you could use new potatoes or baby potatoes to make this dish. 
  • If making the recipe with small potatoes or baby potatoes, then pressure cook on medium-high to high heat only for 1 whistle or until the pressure builds up in the cooker and you hear the hissing sound of the vent weight/whistle. 
  • The potatoes can also be cooked in an Instant Pot or in a pan on the stovetop adding water as required.
  • According to your taste preferences, add less or more of the spices and adjust the seasonings accordingly. 
  • If in case you do not have sambar powder, make the dish without it.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Potato Roast Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Sodium 21mg1%
Potassium 922mg26%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 343IU7%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.2mg13%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.1mg6%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 60mg300%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 142mg172%
Vitamin E 6mg40%
Vitamin K 6µg6%
Calcium 54mg5%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 623µg156%
Iron 2mg11%
Magnesium 55mg14%
Phosphorus 132mg13%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Potato Roast recipe post from the blog archives first published in January 2014 has been republished and updated on 12 August 2022.

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30 Comments

  1. Awesome. Tried it with dal rasam and it was a perfect meal . Making it again today

    Thank you for the delicious recipes. Glad I found this blog!!5 stars

  2. Thank you dassana for your great way of explaining the recipes. I just keep on trying them. Will love to share with you more details. As m running short of time as my hubby is about to come from office and I am preparing to serve him your delicious recipes…..
    Thanks again. Great to hear from you.

    1. welcome sanchita. glad to know this. loved reading your positive comment.

  3. This recipe turned out very tasty. I have done this several times before, but the spice proportions given in this made it really good. I added some urad dal and chopped garlic before adding the tadka, since that is how my mom makes it.

    If i microwave cut potato pieces, will it still taste the same ?5 stars

    1. thanks sharmilee for sharing positive feedback and your variation. with microwave the texture and taste of potatoes will change.

      1. Thanks. I always cooked potato with a microwave and it didn’t taste as good as when boiled.
        Following your recipe to the tee makes perfect dishes.5 stars

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  5. Tnx 🙂 Easy & simple to make without all the “preparations” Tastes Yummy !!!5 stars

  6. thanks so much dasanna. i tried this recipe today. its really fantastic my grandma appreciate to me. its my fabulous day this is first time i cook thanks so much dassana.

    1. welcome deepika. congrates to you for your cooking journey and also for making this delicious dish.

  7. Awesom recipes.. really useful for ramadan thank you so much dassana for this recipes

  8. Hey dassana,
    I am a novice at cooking, I had some people over for lunch today and tried some of the recipes from your blogs. this one in particular turned out to be gr8.. thank u sooo much your blog is amazing and a life saviour.

  9. We tried this last night, but didn’t have sambar, asafoetida, or the curry leaves. We cut the potatoes first and boiled them until they were almost done. Then we drained them and cooked them in our karahi wok pot. We left the skin on too, which is where there are some nutrients. Also, I forgot to add the salt during the cooking, but we added some at the table to taste. It was very tasty, easy to make, and we’ll definitely be making it again. Both my wife and son really liked the potatoes, which means we get to have them again!

    1. thanks joe’s dad. the peels can be left and they give a good texture too. the sambar powder, asafoetida and curry leaves will give a south indian taste. but even without them the potatoes would taste good. since you would be making this way, i would suggest to sprinkle some lemon juice while serving. gives a good tang.

  10. I tried this today for sambar,rasam.mmmmm Its spicy.
    U get gold star rating from my daughter.
    keep posting such simple recipes.
    VAZHA VALAMUDAN5 stars

    1. thanks priya for this sweet comment. do give a hug to your daughter from my side.

  11. I do in the same manner but i smash the potatoes.Tomorrow i will try this with curd rice.

  12. u should not tempt us much.. this is one such way we prepare potato roast, when my mother cook it comes perfect. Lovely recipe