Potato Masala or Indian Style Mashed Potatoes

Potato Masala: spread over dosa or serve with poori, both are phenomenal combinations…

Since my last post was about egg dosa, I felt that this post should be about making potato masala. Luckily, I had the pictures of potato masala in my picasa album. Yet another popular way of serving dosa in South India is by spreading potato masala over the dosa and rolling it, which is called Masala dosa. Any day, any time masala dosa tastes delicious and is seen on the menu of any South Indian vegetarian restaurants. Both adults and kids can be seen having this with so much enthusiasm. I have to agree that restaurant style masala dosa always tastes better than homemade ones. One of the reasons is that they make the dosa super crispy and it’s huge. Hopefully, someday I can figure out secret behind this.

Isn’t dosa such a versatile vegetarian dish? As there are endless ways of serving it, you could stuff the dosa with literally anything you like. Potato masala, egg masala, chicken, ground beef, mixed veggies, chutneys, cheese etc etc the list just goes on. This potato masala can be called as an Indian style mashed potatoes. This can be served along with poori or chapati as well.

Potato Masala

Ingredients

  • Oil-2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1 tsp
  • Chana dal- 1/2 tbsp
  • Urad dal- 1 tbsp
  • Red dry chili- 2
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Onion, chopped small- 2
  • Green chilies, chopped- 2 or 3
  • Ginger, minced- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Potatoes, cooked- 4 large
  • Green peas, frozen- 1/2 cup
  • Water- 1/4 cup
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful
  • Salt- to taste

Instruction

  1. Peel the skin off the potatoes.
  2. Cook the potatoes in boiling water till it’s fork tender, keep aside.
  3. Place a wok over medium heat, add oil and let it turn hot.
  4. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  5. Add chana dal first, saute and when it start to turn light golden in color add urad dal.
  6. When the dals turn golden in color, add red dry chili, curry leaves and cumin seeds.
  7. Saute till cumin seeds turn light brown.
  8. Make sure not to brown or burn the dals.
  9. Add chopped onions and salt to taste.
  10. Add minced ginger and green chilies to the onions, saute till onions turn translucent.
  11. Add turmeric powder and combine well.
  12. Add cooked potatoes and mash it using a wooden spoon, cook for a few minutes.
  13. Add green peas to the potatoes.
  14. Add water and cook covered till potatoes have almost mashed up and green peas cooked well.
  15. You could either mash the potatoes well or partially mash it.
  16. Sprinkle cilantro over it and combine well.
  17. Have a taste and add more salt if needed.
  18. If you are making masala dosa: spread the potato masala over the dosa and fold it.
  19. Potato masala can also be served along with poori or chapati.

Tips:

  • Adding chana dal and urad dal enhances the taste of this dish.

 

Potato Masala or Indian Style Mashed Potatoes
 
Ingredients
  • Oil-2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1 tsp
  • Chana dal- ½ tbsp
  • Urad dal- 1 tbsp
  • Red dry chili- 2
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Onion, chopped small- 2
  • Green chilies, chopped- 2 or 3
  • Ginger, minced- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Potatoes, cooked- 4 large
  • Green peas, frozen- ½ cup
  • Water- ¼ cup
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful
  • Salt- to taste
Instructions
  1. Peel the skin off the potatoes.
  2. Cook the potatoes in boiling water till it's fork tender, keep aside.
  3. Place a wok over medium heat, add oil and let it turn hot.
  4. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  5. Add chana dal first, saute and when it start to turn light golden in color add urad dal.
  6. When the dals turn golden in color, add red dry chili, curry leaves and cumin seeds.
  7. Saute till cumin seeds turn light brown.
  8. Make sure not to brown or burn the dals.
  9. Add chopped onions and salt to taste.
  10. Add minced ginger and green chilies to the onions, saute till onions turn translucent.
  11. Add turmeric powder and combine well.
  12. Add cooked potatoes and mash it using a wooden spoon, cook for a few minutes.
  13. Add green peas to the potatoes.
  14. Add water and cook covered till potatoes have almost mashed up and green peas cooked well.
  15. You could either mash the potatoes well or partially mash it.
  16. Sprinkle cilantro over it and combine well.
  17. Have a taste and add more salt if needed.
  18. If you are making masala dosa: spread the potato masala over the dosa and fold it.
  19. Potato masala can also be served along with poori or chapati.
Notes
•Adding chana dal and urad dal enhances the taste of this dish.

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