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Blog Hop Wednesdays - Chettinad Potato

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Wednesdays are always special. They make you rejoice for half the week gone past and makes you closer to your dearest weekend. No wonder wednesdays have become the new favourite of the food bloggers. And that's why so many nice events are dedicated to this special day- Black & White Wednesday, Wordless Wednesdays and Blog Hop Wednesdays.

I'm sure by now most of you are familiar with the concept of this wonderful event started by Radhika. This fortnight I was paired with the warm and sweet Vardhini of Zesty Palette. Both of us follow each other's blogs quite closely and there are many things I admire about Vardhini and her dedicated blogging, i.e. other than this spicy, crunchy Chettinad Potato.

Firstly I really like the fact that she gives a lot of importance to healthy eating and low fat stuff. In fact when for this blog hop too, amidst all my high calorie baking stuff, she chose the healthier soya chunk cutlets. And took it a level up by adding oats to it. See, I told you she's one good home maker. 

Secondly even with 2 kids, she manages to take step-by-step pics of the recipes, that too when she posts at such regular stuff. I wish I could learn these two things from her...But until then let me share what I learned. And that's a tastier way to have your roasted potatoes. 

I also got to admit my limited knowledge about much of South Indian cuisines and recipes.  So in light of little I knew, I used to think that chettinad recipes were mainly based on coconut and suited non- veg the best with its spicy flavours. Until I saw this easy Chettinad potato recipe and knew that I had to try it. For those who have not been lucky to sample this cuisine, Chettinad cuisine hails from the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu, South India. 

This is basically a simple potato fry but with a special spice mix, which gives it a different taste, flavour and crunch. So to a person like me who salivates at the very thought of potatoes and crunch, this had to be tasted. And now I want more :)

Chettinad Potato Recipe
Recipe Source: Zesty Palette based on recipe from Red Chillies

Ingredients - For masala
4 tsp urad dal
2 tsp channa dal
1 tsp sesame seeds
2 red chillies
1/2 tsp peppercorns

Ingredients - For fry
1 tsp oil

3-4 curry leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 small onion, finely chopped
10-12 baby potatoes boiled & cut into chunks (I used 4 large potatoes)
1/2 tsp turmeric

Pinch of sugar/ dash of lemon juice (Optional)


  1. To prepare the masala, dry roast the ingredients under masala. Let it cool and then grind coarsely..
  2. Heat oil and add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Once it splutters,a dd chopped onion. Saute till lightly browned. 
  3. Add the boiled potatoes, turmeric powder, salt and sugar. Then add the ground masala and mix well.
  4. Now cook on medium heat for 8-10 minutes, till potatoes are crispy and well cooked. 
  5. Serve hot with warm roti or paratha

Note: Cook on medium heat to get crispy potatoes. Addition of lemon juice brightens the flavour but is not used authentically.

I found it a great snack/ chaat item because of its crunchy spicy taste. Next time might try adding, roasted peanuts and having it with yogurt and sev..will let you how it tasted!!

29 comments: Leave Your Comments

  1. Priya (Yallapantula) MitharwalOctober 19, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    that looks perfect and delicious. Very tempting pic.

  2. Kiran @ KiranTarun.comOctober 19, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    I love chettinad cuisine - the flavor profiles are so distinctively delicious :)

  3. Reshmi MaheshOctober 19, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Delicious and tempting recipe...Lovely clicks..

  4. SravsOctober 19, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    very tempting and wonderful fry !! love to have with rotis !!

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  5. sangee vijayOctober 20, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    Wow...wonderfully done,Chettinad potato roast looks so tempting...

  6. divyaOctober 20, 2011 at 3:11 AM

    wow so delicious tempting potato fry and wonderful clicks!!!

  7. notyet100October 20, 2011 at 6:17 AM

    Will try this sometime,,,looks yum,,,

  8. RadhikaOctober 20, 2011 at 6:57 AM

    Nice clicks Anamika. I love chettinad one any time and nice choice.

  9. TinaOctober 20, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    im a gr8 fan of chettinadu food..This looks perfect and tempting ...yumm.

  10. Sharmilee! :)October 20, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Flavourful and yummy

  11. VardhiniOctober 20, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Thanks Anamika for the kind words. Btw the potatoes look awesome .. excellent clicks as always.

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  12. RajiOctober 20, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    The potatoes look yum...and the pictures are gorgeous.

  13. Taste JunctionOctober 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Thanks everyone!!

  14. PriyaOctober 20, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Wat a flavourful potato fry, i can have it with anything..

  15. sliceofmylyfeOctober 20, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    such a simple potato dish and by the looks of it, it sure seems delicious.

  16. JayOctober 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    wow...sounds scrumptiously tasty..;)
    awesome cliks..
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  17. Now ServingOctober 20, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    looks sumptuous and delicious!

  18. Now ServingOctober 20, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    and don't know how long you've had this new look, but digging it a lot :)

  19. JyotiOctober 20, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    I am also a naive when it comes to South Indian dishes.. Sure I will give this a try!

  20. [email protected]October 20, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Blog walked to your site and blown the clicks...My MIL makes this dish and it's yummy..

  21. SinFoodieOctober 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Wow, that's an amazing combination! dals with potatoes!
    The second photo is awesome!

  22. Priya SreeramOctober 20, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    looks well done- the spicy potatoes have my attention

  23. DeekshaOctober 20, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    potatoes look so yummy! Mouthwatering!!

  24. Santosh BangarOctober 20, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    potatoes lookis spicy and tasty

  25. Ammu'sOctober 21, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Yummy curry....looks delicious..

  26. Sanctified SpacesOctober 21, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    All time favourite curry. Nice clicks.

  27. KalyaniOctober 24, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    simply yum ! loved ur clicks !

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  28. schmetterlingwordsNovember 1, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Hi Anamika, glad to have found out your lovely blog through Blog Hop event. Happy to be your follower. :)

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  29. Apani RasoiDecember 5, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Please find more punjabi and sindhi recipes

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