September 26, 2013

Potato Masala with Animal Pooris

How to make Potato Masala (for Masala Dosa & Poori's)

             As I remember, the famous 'Poori-Masal' must have been one of the top selling combos in South Indian restaurants, in the 80's. Back then, there were just a few items on the menu and only those limited number of items would be available any where you go - I wonder how foodies like me, survived those periods, with so little to choose from.

       All said & done, the Poori-Masala is a hit in almost every family; but I had to think of a way to make it, a winner in my family, because my son would neither eat Poori's nor the Potato Masala. Thanks to Cookie Cutters! I was so glad, when he declined to share his Poori-Masala with us & ate something new, without making any funny faces.

Potato Masala for Dosa & Poori


4 Large Potatoes, washed, boiled until soft & peeled
2-3 Red Onions, sliced
4-6 Green Chillies, finely chopped
1 Tomato, chopped (Optional)
2 Tbsp. Oil
a sprig of Curry leaves
1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 Tsp Urad dal (Ulutham Paruppu)
1/2 Tsp Channa dal (Kadalai Paruppu)
1 Tsp Coriander powder
1/4 Tsp Chilli powder
1 Tbsp grated Ginger
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
A pinch of sugar
2 Tbsp finely chopped Coriander leaves
Salt as needed

Potato Masala for Masala Dosa or serve it with Animal Pooris for the kids.

  • Mash the cooled potatoes roughly, making sure you leave few chunks of potatoes un-mashed.
  • Heat oil, add Mustard seeds, wait for it to hop around the pan. Now add the Curry leaves, Urad & Channa dal & fry.
  • Add the sliced onions, green chillies, grated ginger & saute until the onions are golden/translucent. Add tomatoes now, if you are using it & stir fry until done.
  • Follow with salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder. Add the mashed Potatoes & a pinch of sugar, sprinkle little water if needed, cover & cook for few minutes, on low heat.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves & serve with hot & puffy Milk Poori's or use it as a stuffing in a Dosa & turn an ordinary Dosa into Masala Dosa. 

Notes: The color of my Poori's might look slightly different, because of the use of multi-grain wheat flour.

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