Potato roast

Urlai Roast (Potato Roast) is a Chettinad style roasted potatoes recipe. It is a delicious dry dish made with baby potatoes and freshly ground spicy Chettinad masala.  Urlai roast goes well with rice and tomato saar.


Ingredients for the Chettinad masala

3 tbsp fresh grated coconut
4 to 5 dried red chillies
2 tsp coriander seeds (dhaniya)
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
2 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
A small piece of cinnamon (dalchini)
2 cloves (Lavang)
1 tsp black pepper (Kalimirch)
Few curry leaves

Other ingredients

300 grams baby potatoes
1 onion (chopped)
1 tomato (chopped)
1 tsp mustard seeds (Rai)
1 tsp split black gram (udad dal)
½ tsp hing
few curry leaves
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp tamarind paste
1 tsp jaggery (grated)
1 tbsp oil
Salt as per taste


For making Chettinad Masala

  • Heat a pan.
  • Add the grated fresh coconut, curry leaves and roast it.  Set this aside.
  • Add half a teaspoon of oil and roast the dry red chillies, coriander seds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper one by one. 
  • Blend all the roasted ingredients to a fine powder. Keep this aside.

How to proceed

  • Boil the baby potatoes with salt  in a pressure cooker for 3 to 4 whistles.  
  • After the steam escapes fully, remove the potatoes.
  •  Peel the boiled potatoes and keep this aside.
  • Heat the remaining oil in  a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, udad dal and saute.
  • Add  asafoetida (hing) and saute.  
  • Add chopped onions ad saute till they turn soft and translucent .
  •  Add chopped tomatoes and saute.
  • When the tomatoes are properly cooked, add the powdered masala and mix well.
  • Add tamarind paste, grated jaggery and mix well
  • Add little water , turmeric powder, salt and saute.
  • Let it cook for 5 minutes.  
  • Add the boiled potatoes and mix well so that all the potatoes are coated well with the masala.
  • Serve hot as a side dish with rice and tomato saar or it can even be served with rotis.


Other Potato recipes :

Chatpate Aloo, Dahiwale Aloo, Rajasthani Aloo, Methi Aloo, Papdi Aloo ki sabzi




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