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Urulai Kurma for idli and dosa, Potato Kurma Recipe

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Recipe for Urulai Kuruma – Potato Kurma for idli and dosa. Recipe with step by step pictures.



For the raw masala paste

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 inch piece ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 inch piece cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon fried gram dal (pottu kadalai)
  • 1/2 cup fresh shredded coconut

Other Ingredients

  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 country tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 green chillies, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • juice of half a lemon / lime
  • 2 sprigs coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Wash and cut the potatoes in half. Boil the potatoes with 1.5 cups water in a pressure cooker for exactly two whistles / five minutes. Remove from heat and let the pressure from the cooker release naturally. Strain the water and peel the potatoes. Set aside.
  2. Grind The raw masala paste adding a cup of water to a smooth paste.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add in the mustard seeds. Let the mustard seeds crackle. Add in the sliced onions and saute till the onions are soft.
  4. Once the onions are soft, add in couple of country tomatoes – (naatu thakkali). Add in the salt and saute till the tomatoes are juiced down.
  5. Add in the green chillies, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Saute for a minute.
  6. Add in the curry leaves at this stage and add in a cup of water.
  7. Let the gravy simmer for five minutes. Add in the ground masala paste to the pan.
  8. Wash the mixie with a cup of water and add it back to the pan. If the gravy is very thick, add some more water to dilute the gravy.
  9. Gently break the potatoes by hand and add it to the pan. Cover the pan with a lid and allow it to simmer for 12-15 minutes on a low flame.
  10. Remove from heat and add in the lime juice and coriander leaves.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu