Monday, March 10, 2008

Urulai Roast (Crisp Golden Potatoes)

It's been a long time since I made this dish - another one of MIL's traditional recipes which is a favourite at home. It was the perfect accompaniment to the Vendakkai Kozhambu with steamed rice, we had for lunch sometime back.

The thing I love about this dish is that its crisp brown crust gives the impression that its a product of many hours of slaving over the stove. That, or a lot of oil. Or both.

Well, the trick to this dish is simple (lots of oil and lots of time in the kitchen over one dish is simply not my style!) - the recipe uses a puree of onion and tomato and that gives the golden brown coating to the potato! Be warned, this is an addictive dish, so don't make it in small quantities.

I am sending this to Sia's Ode to Potato event ; I never did send her a pic of the mutton kurma I sent earlier; didn't get around to making it again....
This classic recipe is just perfect for an ode to the ubiquitous tuber!

Urulai Roast


Potato - 4-5 big
Onion - 1 big
Tomato - 1 medium
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 6-7
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp


1. Boil the potatoes in a pressure cook for 8-10 minutes (2 whistles). Cool, peel and chop into fairly big pieces. The potatoes should be just cooked and not falling apart.
2. Puree the onion and tomatoes in a blender.
3. Heat oil in a non stick pan, add the mustard seeds and when they splutter, add the urad dal , when it changes colour add the curry leaves.
4. Pour in the puree, add the chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder and fry for 6-8 minutes till the tomato onion puree loses its rawness and dries up a bit.
5. Add the chopped potatoes and salt and continue frying on a low flame, taking care not to stir too much, instead jiggling the pan to break them up and turn them.
6. Keep on a low flame for about 20-30 minutes giving it shake once in a while; the puree would have turned a nice reddish brown and crusted each potato piece.
7. Serve warm with steamed rice and sambar or chapattis and dal.

Depending on the type of onion used, this dish could have a hint of sweetness to it.


Trupti said...

Miri, loved your dish..thanks for sharing this recipe

Finla said...

Looks so deliciously crispy.
I can eat them just like that

bee said...

what a great idea! i'm sure this is more flavourful than just roasting the potatoes by themselves.

Vaishali said...

This looks really beautiful. Thanks for sharing a traditional recipe!

Sia said...

thank u girl for sending me this crisp golden potatoes. and it being ur MIL's recipe makes it more special:)

Miri said...

Thanks Trupti, Happy cook,Bee, Vaishali!

Sia you are most welcome - looking forward to a great round up!

sandhya said...

Your dish looks so delicious... thanks for sharing it...

Laavanya said...

I've never made with onion-tomato.. this looks too good Miri!

Cynthia said...

This is always a favourite. You have inspired me to make this this weekend. Thank you.

Lavanya Raj said...

Great Recipe Miri..iam getting addicted just by seeing the picture alone..can i say u a idea..add small onions(10) instead of Red onions..sure it will add up taste.

Sagari said...

what a lovely dish miri

Bharathy said...

As you know I made baby potatoes day before,regular potatoes yesterday( on that plate you saw)..still I crave seeing yours!:)
Yummmmmy!would be yummier with that tomato combo!