Potato- 4 nos
Onions- 1 no (preferably red one)
Green chillies- 6 nos (adjust according to your taste)
Garlic- 4 pods (minced finely)
Ginger- 1/2 inch piece (minced finely)
Chilli powder- 2 tspn (adjust according to your taste)
Turmeric powder- 1/8 tspn
Fennel seeds ( Saunf)- 1 tspn
Urid dhal, jeera seeds and mustard seeds- 1 tspn
Curry leaves- some 10 leaflets
Salt to taste
Oil for tempering.
Boil potatoes till they are soft. Buy a potato variety which becomes very soft when cooked. Allow the potatoes to cool ans peel their skin. Mash the potatoes without any lumps. Now cut onions and green chillies into small pieces. Mince garlic and ginger. Heat oil in a pan. When the oil is hot enough add urid dhal. When it browns add mustard, jeera and fennel seeds. When they splutter add cut onions, green chillies, minced ginger and garlic pieces and curry leaves, Saute for few minutes until onions turn translucent and the garlic acquires a brown colour. Now add enough salt and chilli powder. Mix everything well. Now add the mashed potato and mix well. A very tasty potato podimas will be ready to be served.
Taste enhancing tips for this recipe : The potato quality is very important. It must be cooked well so that you can mash well (maavu mathiri veganum). Make it very hot, if your family loves it that way. That makes a lot of difference. I sincerely wish that you will like it too. Happy cooking friends !!!
Disclaimer : I am not sure whether these are the ingredients in 'kizhangu pottalam', but this is how it tasted :)