Potato stir fry with coconut masala

Naturally, all of us at home love using potatoes to make a side dish for rasam or sambhar as well as to make gravies like kadappa or aloo kari patta. But the favorite at home is the simple aloo kari (stir fry) that goes well with everything. I try different types of potato kari apart from the usual podimas style stir fries.

Couple of weeks ago, I saw this recipe at Rak’s Kitchen, and she had made an eggplant stir fry with fresh onion-coconut paste. I tried it with eggplants the first time and the taste was so good that I have been using the masala paste to make potato stir fry, plantain stir fry and even added it to beets. Do give it a try, the stir fry is flavorful and spices can be adjusted too.


Potato- Yellow potatoes, medium size- 8 each
Chopped onions- 1/4 cup
Sambar powder- 1 tsp (or use a combination of red chili powder and coriander seed powder)
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt- to taste

To blend to a smooth paste:
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Pearl onions -6 each
Coconut- 1/4 cup

For tempering:
Oil- 1 tsp
Red chilies- 3
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida- 1 pinch
Curry leaves- few sprigs
Coriander leaves- to garnish


Wash and peel the skin of potatoes. Chop them into 1″ cubes.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add asafoetida, cumin seeds, curry leaves and red chilies. Then add the chopped onions, salt, turmeric powder and stir fry well. Add the potatoes, sambhar powder and toss well to coat.

Adjust the flame to a low-medium, cover the pan and let the potatoes cook.

In the mean time, blend the pearl onions, cumin seeds and coconut to a smooth paste, adding around 1/4 cup of water to the paste.

Once the potatoes are half cooked, add this coconut paste to the pan with potatoes, and mix them well. Let the masala and potatoes cook together till the potatoes turn to a dry curry.

Serve the potato stir fry with rice or with rotis.

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15 Comments to “Potato stir fry with coconut masala”

  1. Priya says:

    Never tried potato stir fry this way, sounds yummy…

  2. Happy Cook says:

    I always loved potatoes made like this. When i was at home mom used to make this a lot. But here when i tell we make some curries just with potato he looks to me as if i have send something weird :-)

  3. Namitha says:

    That sure looks delicious..Never had this combo before..But love both potato and coconut..so rest assured, rt ?

  4. Great recipe Ruchika, a good variation of regular potato that we use.

  5. Swathi says:


    Nice curry i need to try this spice paste.

  6. Padma says:

    Delicious potato… who will say no potato… def not me. Love it and perfect with rice and sambar :)

  7. Cham says:

    Potato a rescue veggie, i never tried the masala, sounds good!

  8. Very nice recipe, love coconut based gravy, rich and tasty

  9. notyet100 says:

    curry looks delicious

  10. Jyoti says:

    very new way..would like to try..

  11. Raks says:

    Thanks for trying out ruchika,infact my mom follows this method to most of the veggies too :)

  12. Joanne says:

    I really need to make some masala paste – I’ve been on such a coconut kick lately. This looks like a great way to enjoy potatoes.

  13. sona says:

    a good poriyal. it tasted very well. simple but very tasty. thanks a lot.

  14. Usha says:

    Looks delicious, will be perfect for rasam or sambar :-)

  15. Malar Gandhi says:

    Like this simple home-made alu kari, perfect with rasam saadham.

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