Mar 18, 2013

How to make Puri masala/ Poori kizhangu - Potato Sidedish recipe

       I love the evening concept of tiffin coffee in Tamil nadu. The lunch is first meal of the day in most homes which is had as early as 10 in the morning.It is followed by a tiffin kaapi in the afternoon and then dinner in the night. This ritual was followed at my grandparents place in my native place and we children were forced to do so when we visited during the holidays. It was frustrating to have lunch in the morning when were used to breakfasts followed by lunch in the next couple of hours. But then I loved the evening tiffin kaapi where delicious snacks were made during the tea(kaapi) time.
poori masala
  One such item made during those days was poori masala.Not that we never ate poori masala. It was made quite frequently for our lunch or dinner. But the sudden nostalagia of eating poori masala at that hour is extremely pleasing.
    Okay that is it. The potato side dish  is a popular sidedish made for pooris in the south. I had actually promised to post this recipe when I had posted this another potato side dish some ages ago.
I usually make this for our weekend brunch when we get the time in leisure to enjoy this filling satisfying meal.

Potato/aloo- 5-6 big ones
Oil- 2-3tsp
Mustard seeds-1tsp
Udid dal- 1tsp
Channa dal-1tsp
Green chillies- 2-3 chopped fine
Ginger-1 small piece chopped fine
Curry leaves- few
Onion-1 sliced
Turmeric powder-1tsp
Salt to taste
Besan/kadalimaavu- 1/2tbsp
1.Cook the potato in a pressure cooker till soft. Peel the skin and mash it with  a fork.
2. Heat oil in  pan. Add the mustard seeds, udid dal and channa dal.
3. When it crackles, add the curry leaves ,ginger and green chillies. Saute for a minute.
4. Add the onions and saute till they brown a little.
5. Add the turmeric powder and salt.
6.  Add a glass of water in this and allow it to boil.
7. Add the mashed potatoes. Mix till everything combines together.
8. Take the besan in a small cup. Add water to it and mix well. Pour this mixture to the curry. 
9. Mix well and cook for another 5 minutes till it thickens.
10. Remove from flame.

 Serve hot with some hot puffy puris. 

poori kizhangu
Notes- You can skip the besan if you want.
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