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Potato Masala Gravy / Urulaikilangu Masala Kulambu

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This is one of the gravies which I learnt from my MIL, took many attempts for me to get the desired taste. As it is my family’s favourite, I mostly prepare every week and learned to make the perfect one now. but still I feel her preparation gives some extra taste to the gravy. With the help of her, I am posting all the steps below.

The gravy is a best substitute for any non-veg recipes. You can also simply substitute the potato with chicken/ meat. Click here to see the chicken version.  The non-veg version is easy and you can easily get the taste and it is not that difficult like this gravy. All the ingredients are very important, at the same time you can change the quantity as per taste.

Basic Information:

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4


For Gravy:

Baby potatoes – 15-20 nos, skin removed

Shallots – 1/2 cup, sliced (As I didn’t get shallots here, I used Red Onion)

Tomato – 2 nos, small size, chopped

Ginger – a small piece

Garlic – 2 cloves, medium size

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt – to taste

Any vegetable oil – Tablespoon

Gingelly oil – 1 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 1 string

Mustard seeds and urid dal – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander leaves – for garnishing

Water – 1 cup 1/2 cup or as required

Fresh Coconut – 3 tablespoons, grind to a fine paste (Optional)

For Masala:

Coriander seeds – 1 and 1/2 tablespoons

Dry red chillies – 6 nos

Rice grains – 1 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tablespoon

Poppy seeds – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper – 1/4 teaspoon


1) In a heavy bottom pan, dry roast the ingredients given for masala.

2) Allow it to cool to room temperature and make a fine powder of it. Keep it aside.

3) Using a mixer, make a paste of ginger and garlic and keep it aside.

4) Wipe off the same pan or in another pan, heat a tablespoon of oil.

5) Add mustard seeds and urid dal when it is hot. Allow it to splutter.

6) Add the onion and the curry leaves and saute till onion turns soft.

7) Add ginger garlic paste(as prepared in step 3) and continue sauteing for a minute or two.

8) Add chopped tomato and saute till it gets mushy.

9) Add the baby potatoes. Add water, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.

10) Reduce the flame to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or till the potatoes get cooked well.

11) Once the potatoes are cooked, add the masala powder(as prepared in step 2) and water. Mix well without any lumps.

12) Cook for another 5-10 minutes in medium flame. Add ground coconut at this stage if you are using.

13) Pour in the gingelly oil and increase the flame for a minute and turn of the heat. We usually prepare gravy in slightly thick consistency.

14) Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed white rice.


1) You can add 1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds and 1 inch cinnamon stick to the masala if you prefer.

2) Increase/ decrease the black pepper and dry red chilli as per your level of spiciness.

3) Instead of baby potato, you can use normal potato. Slice them into cubes and use in gravy.

4) Increase the water quantity as per the desired consistency. You can also mix the masala with water and add to the gravy to avoid lumps.

5) You can also use baby potato with skin if you prefer.

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Totally YUMMY


Suma Gandlur

Wow, love the color of that gravy.


Looks so tempting. Nice one.

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I love potatoes, especially, spicy potato curries and gravies like that. This is such a feast to my eyes and tummy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sangeetha M

potato masala kuzhambu looks so tempting…your version sounds so spicy , too good Uma…
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Deepthi KR

This curry looks scrumptious!!! awesome pics


Curry looks delicious…

wonderful and tatsy dish dear…looks great


That is totally yum..:)) Superb..


Wow we will love this. Awesome pictures.


wow very inviting potato masala dear….luv it!

Gayathri NG

Sinfully delecatable gravy, looks nice…

Vimitha Durai

Looks so spicy and masala-y…
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Very inviting gravy !! looks so nice !!

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Rookie Qookie

I loved the enticing pic and I bet this, rice and curd would make a gr8 combo ๐Ÿ™‚


Aromatic nd mouthwatering potato masala..


oops this is so awesome love to dig it..

Kaveri Venkatesh

That looks awesome Uma…Very very yummy


Lovely clicks esp the last the flavourful curry


awesome masala…..yummy dear

Suja Manoj

Spicy and yummy,awesome


im going to try this very soon. loved the texture and colour of the gravy

Aruna Manikandan

spicy and flavorful gravy uma ๐Ÿ™‚



anthony stemke

A lovely, spicy potato curry, looks delicious.

Deeps @ Naughty Curry

looks scrumptious! love the last pic, its so inviting ๐Ÿ™‚

La @ FoodSlice

those baby potatoes look lovely. i haven't eaten them in a long time. The nostalgia is good


that looks so tempting…love he color of the gravy…

Sensible Vegetarian

Send some please Uma, looks so tempting.


The potato masala curry looks absolutely yum….delicious!


Love the recipe a lot, sounds and looks mouthwatering and lovely clicks!

Sushma Mallya

Love the colour looks so yummy and spicy:)

Biny's Recipes

wow gr8 curry…..the pics makes me drool…

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