Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Masala Curry

I normally make mild stews (ishtus) to go with aapam or have sweetened coconut milk but my periamma and my MIL (who hail from the same city) make this spicy gravy as well... This is just as creamy but it has some garam masala flavour in addition as well and is sure to please.

The following recipe is one that I got from my SIL during the very early days... My periamma makes a slightly different version where she grinds freshly roasted coriander seeds and red chillies but this one uses readymade powders instead.. so you can determine your preferred method based on availability & convenience.

MASALA CURRY (with Potatoes)

Potatoes - 3, medium, pressure cooked & peeled
Onion - 1 big, chopped
Tomato - 1 small to medium, chopped
Green Peas - 1/3 cup (optional), microwaved with little water for 4 mins
Thick Coconut milk - 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Clove - 1
Cinnamon stick - half inch piece
Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp, chopped for garnish


1) Cut 2 potatoes into small pieces (about half to 1 inch), mash the other one coarsely.

2) In a pan, heat oil and season with mustard seeds, cloves, cinnamon stick and curry leaves.

3) Add the onions and cook till they are transparent and a soft

4) Add the tomatoes, salt and turmeric powder and cook till they turn mushy

5) Add the chilli powder, coriander powder and stir for a couple of minutes.

6) Add the microwaved peas with the water (if using) followed by 2 cups of water and both, the chopped and mashed potatoes. Adjust salt and spice as required. Bring to a boil, cover and allow to cook on medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes.

7) When the masala has been absorbed by the potatoes and the raw flavour is gone. Stir in the garam masala and the thickened coconut milk.

8) Allow this to heat through on low so the coconut milk doesn't separate. Switch off the stove, sprinkle in the coriander leaves and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving with aapam /dosais/ idiyaapams.


  1. The curry looks totally awesome and with those lacy appams delicious. I am game for any curry with potatoes (what can go wrong really right?)

  2. I love istew and appom, but with the spicyness of this masala curry i think i would prefer this.

  3. Beautiful spicy stew. Love the lacy aapams. Enjoy Laavanya! :))

  4. Sounds easy and yummm!!! Happy Sankranti!

  5. Such taste winning combination ! Looks spicy and yum!

  6. Nice recipe. Look so good. YUM!

    Happy Pongal!!!

  7. Potatoes with anything and in any form taste gr8,wish every veggie in the world was as amazing as this tuber..imagine how peaceful it will be to feed our kids with bottle and bittergourds too;-)

  8. i just loove stew and appam...i generally make is mildly spicy though with just green chillies..this one looks different and good :) a friend of mine once made stew with lots of black pepper in was awesome! bet this one is too :)

  9. curry looks very delicious

    Happy Sankranti !!

  10. The appams looks great too! Wonderful side for them.

  11. looks delicious.. I prepare a similar kind of a dish for chapathis... I have never added coconut milk though... will try your version the next time :)
    Happy Pongal!

  12. appam with potato spicy looks perfect....will try this soon..

  13. i have done this without adding coconut milk. will give a try

  14. I love appams with spicy curry...yours looks inviting and yummy.

  15. Aappam is one of those lovely things that manages to retain its flavour and yet take on the accompanying dish's taste as well. Love the looks of that katori full of curry!

  16. I saw this post in feeds yesterday itself,but could not see in your blog!
    Looks so tempting!

  17. wow..looks vey yummy lavanya...seriously wonder how u post so fast :)curry is asusual so tempting.
    do u use the iron appa chatti?I am not sure where I am going wrong...Aapam is my fav food in the world,and I dont get crispy outerside and the spongy center part :(

  18. Nothing can beat this combo! Looks delicious!

  19. that looks spicy & delicious. I loved the appams as well, the only time I have eaten appams is when we went to kerala last year for a holiday. It does make a lovely breakfast.

  20. I love anything with appams. And what a lovely combo this is! me new to blogging, do visit my lil' blog sometime!

  21. Yummy masala curry with appams, I am drooling over it :)

  22. Lovely dish and looks mouthwatering yummmm!!!!

  23. mmm. looks so mouth-watering! Have a great weekend.

  24. I love appam n stew....the next time i will try this curry ....its inviting:)

  25. Small request. Can you post the recipe for the APPAMs you made (shown in the picture)? We ate appams when we visited Kerala.

    Harsha & Sonu.

  26. I love this curry, I used to make a very similar one whenever there is nothing in the house, along with some readymade idiyappams. Now I can't have idiyappams or potatoes, but still the base recipe will be delicious with other veggies or even eggs!

  27. Thank you all.

    Harsha & Sonu, I have provided a hyperlink to the aapam recipe (posted earlier) so please click on the word aapam in the write-up before the recipe and it will take you there. Alternately, you could scroll down the 'Tiffin' heading on the RHS under My Recipes and select Aapam. Thanks for your interest.

  28. Wow...looks so gud....I can eat it with anything..appam will be better choice ofcourse...thanks for the wonderful recipe

  29. Awesome curry recipe! I like the use of coconut milk here - gives me a Thaish feel:)


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