Podimas (South-Indian Style Potatoes)

"I love writing lists. Sometimes, I write a list of lists I need to write! Yesterday, we were having a discussion about food we could eat everyday and I decided to make a list based on that. The obvious answer for me was any potato dish. So here, I’m sharing one of my all-time favorite potato dishes! This is my dad’s recipe! It is ridiculously easy, it is called “podimas”, (although I have always called it “the-potato-dish-without-turmeric”), he makes it often, as a side for rice and curry and I LOVE it. Looks like I need to make a list of my favorite potato dishes now! Lol"
-- @yummyyatra

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These South Indian style potatoes are spiced with chilis  and subtly flavored with coconut for an easy and tasty vegan side. 

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  • 1 pound potatoes, washed and scrubbed
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2-3 Thai chili peppers or 1 serrano pepper, slit lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • salt, to taste


  • Step 1

    Boil or cook potatoes in a pressure cooker until they are soft and cooked through but still hold their shape.

  • Step 2

    Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle with your hands, peel their skin and crumble them. You can also grate them with the help of a box grater. Set the potatoes aside.

  • Step 3

    Heat oil in a wide skillet to medium-high and toast the mustard seeds until you see them spluttering (just like pop corn). Next, add the chili peppers and grated ginger and sauté for a minute or so until fragrant.

  • Step 4

    Carefully add the potatoes to the skillet and season with salt Stir in the coconut and chopped cilantro and turn off heat. Stir in the lemon juice.

  • Step 5

    Serve with rice and curry or wrap inside a flatbread with some hot sauce or yogurt!