South Indian Style Boiled Baby Potato Roast


I know the title sounds intimidating , even  I felt the same while titling the post , it is odd to use “Boiled” , “Baby” and “Roast” in a single sentence , Hope I don’t get jailed.

Jokes apart , this is a very easy potato roast that can be made in a jiffy , if you pressure cook this up to 2 whistles and patiently peel its skin , which takes about 20- 25 minutes to do so . Peeling the skin of baby…erm awkward silence…… small pellet sized potatoes can be quiet a himalayan task , my mum calls this as “Nachu pudungra velai” meaning “Irritating job” , but the taste is simply yummmmmyyyy!!

If you do not have the patience  to do this , you can use the regular sized potatoes . You can see in the picture , I have further quartered the baby potatoes , because I want it in bite sizes and not the entire thing to be one bite.IMG_20161115_123116.jpg

Pre Requisites 

Buy half a kilo of baby potatoes , clean them , pressure cook them up to 2 whistles they shouldn’t turn mushy it should be cooked and also hard , peel them and cut into small quarters(optional). Also make the Kuzhambu Podi/ Powder ready . In most of the south Indian cuisine , Kuzhambu Podi is used as the taste enhancer in any type of stir fry based recipes.


  • Cuisine: south indian
  • Yield: 6 helping
  • Course or type: side dish
  • Preparation Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Cooking Time: 15 min



  • 500 grams Baby potato
  • Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 6 – 7 tbsps Oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp chana dal
  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • curry leaves
  • 2 tbsps Kuzhambu Powder


  1. After cooking , peeling and chopping the potatoes , Take a kadaai and keep it on medium heat.
  2. Pour the oil and crackle it with mustard seeds , add a pinch of asafoetida , chana dal , urad dal and curry leaves and saute them until aromatic.
  3. Now add the chopped baby potatoes and saute .
  4. Now add salt , turmeric powder and Kuzhambu Podi.
  5. Saute them evenly . Allow this to fry in high heat until it becomes crisp , stirring them in between. This will take up to 12-15 minutes.
  6. Once crisp , take it off heat and serve it hot as a side dish.



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