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July 24, 2014


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Poori masala
Poori masala with potato/ Aloo masala in Hindi / Urulaikizhangu masala in Tamil is the best side dish for poori. Last year I posted onion masala without potato which is my mom’s special recipe. But poori tastes the best only with potato masala or potato kurma as served in restaurants / Hotels. In Tamil we say this as “Poori Kizhangu” and in Hindi it is called as bhaji. In Tamilnadu, Saravana bhavan hotel poori masala is very popular. Iam yet to taste it. But the one I have shared here is also hotel style poori masala that is served in most of the restaurants in Tamilnadu. Yes, addition of besan flour is the secret for hotel style recipe. I made puri and this south Indian hotel style potato masala for our breakfast yesterday as my birthday special recipe. Some people use this potato masala for stuffing masala dosa too. But I make that masala slightly different. Soon I will post it here. You can do so many variations in this recipe by adding tomato, carrot, peas and making it without onion, besan flour etc. I have listed them in “Note” section.It tastes good in all the ways. Here is our method of making this yummy side dish for poori. Lets see how to make hotel style poori masala @ potato masala for poori with step by step photos.

Do check out my potato kurma recipe for poori , Karnataka style veg sagu , Saravana bhavan veg kurma

Poori masala recipe

Poori masala recipe

Rava payasam recipe Poori masala / Poori kizhangu masala - Tamil nadu hotel style recipe, Best side dish for poori using potato
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sidedish
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25Minutes

To Pressure cook
  • Potato - 3 nos
  • Big onion - 2 nos
  • Green chillies - 3 nos
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Hing - 1/8 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Besan flour – 2 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - few

  • Wash and cut the potatoes into 3-4 pieces.Pressure cook them adding a pinch of turmeric powder for 4-5 whistles in high flame.Remove and peel the skin.Mash it roughly into big pieces.Dilute the besan flour adding 1/4 cup of water and set aside.
Poori masala recipe step
  • Slice onions,chop ginger,Green chillies and curry leaves.Set aside.
  • In a wide kadai,heat oil and do the seasoning part as given above.Then add onions,finely chopped green chillies ,ginger bits & curry leaves.
Poori masala recipe step1
  • Saute till onion turns transparent.Now add 1 cup of water,turmeric powder,salt and hing.Allow it to boil.Meanwhile add the roughly chopped potatoes and diluted besan flour.(I transferred everything to a small cooker and cooked for one whistle in high flame for quick cooking of onions.Its optional.U can do it in kadai too.)
Poori masala recipe step2
  • Boil well for few minutes till onion gets cooked well & masala reaches semi solid consistency.Switch off the flame.Add some coriander leaves if necessary.
Poori masala recipe step3
Potato masala is ready to serve with hot puffy puri !
  • For variations,u can add finely chopped carrots and a handful of peas while sauting onions.U can also add half of a finely chopped tomato.
  • U can add besan flour or skip it if u don’t like tat flavour.But i add it to give the restaurant touch as well as to give a creamy texture.
  • This masala thickens when it cools.So make it slightly watery before switching off the flame.
  • Adjust the quantity of chillies as per ur taste.I don’t chop the chillies finely for my daughter’s sake.So i slit and add.But in hotels they do add them finely chopped.
  • To make this as kurma,add some finely chopped garlic cloves and 1/2 tsp of garam masala powder.

Poori kizhangu masala

Puffy poori with this potato masala tastes like heaven for morning breakfast.Do try & feel it !!

Don't forget to check out my puffy poori/Puri recipe with tips n tricks !

Potato masala for poori

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Unknown said...

delicious and anytime recipe.mouthwatering really

Gauri said...

Belated birthday wishes... Recipe looks great :)

Julie said...

perfect combo with fluffed pooris :)

Torviewtoronto said...

fabulously done looks delicious

Unknown said...

Fluffy poori with delicious potato masala....... Delicious combo!!

Anonymous said...

What a amazing breakgast .. Poor I and potato Kizhangu:-)

Anonymous said...


Unknown said...

i too love poori with aloo masala

nandoos kitchen said...

perfect combo with it.

Vysyas recipes said...

fluffy poori's with yummy masala. appetizing.

esther said...

Hi, tried yesterday. It was yummy. Never knew that besan will give the creaminess to the masala like in Hotels. Thank u...

Chitra said...

Thanks for the feedback esther :) I am so glad !

Unknown said...

Thanks for recipe!! My dad loved the aloo recipe!! He was like namma oor masala mari irukku

Chitra said...

Thank u so much Aishwarya :) Yes,its our Tamil nadu style masala :)

Unknown said...


Unknown said...

Thanks a lot Chitra... very delicious. Yum yum yum. If don't mind can you please share a simple vege meal( not thali) for lunch. Tq.

Chitra said...

Hi , thanks for your feedback. Are you asking for simple south indian meal ideas
? Soon I will make a series.

Anonymous said...

Hi mam I have tried most of the recipe in ur blog and all of them are fool proof recipe I love ur way of explaining step by step thnq so much mam

Anonymous said...

Hi mam I have tried most of your recipe and all of them are fool proof recipe thnq som mam I love the way of explaining step by step

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your feedback. I am very happy to know that. You made my day :)