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Sri Lankan spicy Dry Potato curry(ala theldala)

Sri Lankan spicy dry potato curry(devilled potatoes)

A dry potato curry potato is also known as”ala theldala” in Sinhalese is a devilled potato curry you can enjoy with all of your favorite meals.

This potato curry is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free and can be served with any of your favorite carbs, including rice, bread, or roti.

This spicy dry potato curry is also called…

Devilled potatoes
Tempered potatoes
Ala baduma
Potato fry
And dry curried potatoes.

 What is”ala theldala or devilled potatoes?

Well, it’s really an over-the-top spicy potato fry recipe but is just full of taste than your regular curried potatoes.

But if you prefer less spice, you can easily adjust the heat of the Sri Lankan potato curry by reducing the number of chilli flakes used.

It makes the ideal spicy potato curry for chapatis, naans, and regular bread.

devilled potatoes is a mix of spicy tempered ingredients and potatoes mixed and cooked together.

How this spicy devilled potato curry is made.

Parboiled potatoes are mixed in fried onions, curry leaves, mustard, and loads of red chili flakes, the name definitely”deviled” describes this dish.

By parboiling the potatoes first you keep the middle of the potatoes soft and by frying them later with the above-mentioned ingredients, you give the curried potatoes a fried potato taste as well.

If you are bored with all the potato curry recipes out there, it’s time to give this Sri Lankan dish a try.

What to serve with a spicy dry potato dish.

  • Serve with your regular rice and curry menu. Stuff the dry potato curry into samosas, pastries, or hand pies to make a savory snack.
  • Serve with Garlic naan, pol roti, chapatis for a simple dinner.
  • And any left-overs can be used to make toasted sandwiches for breakfast or use them to make any kind of stuffed rotis or parathas as well.
An easy side-dish to make with potatoes, this devilled potatoes are really tasty.

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Sri Lankan spicy dry potato curry(deviled potatoes). An easy to make fried potato curry(ala theldala)for you to try. Boiled potato mixed in fried onions, curry leaves, mustard and loads of red chilli flakes, the name definitely"deviled" exactly describes the dish.

Utensils and appliances needed.

Chopping board and knife

A medium-sized pot.

Medium-sized frying pan.

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Sri Lankan potato and beans curry.

Spicy potato and green bean stir-fry.

Indian Bombay potatoes.

Storing-store in glass containers with a lid to preserve freshness. use within 2-3 days if refrigerated.

Freezing – I’ve frozen the spicy dry potato curry but I find the texture and taste changes within a few days despite freezing in covered containers. so I would advise avoiding freezing the devilled potatoes instead refrigerate them.

Reheating- remove potato dish from the fridge, let it reach room temperature, and reheat over stovetop or microwave, make sure to add 2-3 tablespoons of water or coconut milk to readjust the texture and flavor of the dry potato curry.

RECIPE DIFFICULTY- LITTLE CARE NEEDED

Sri Lankan Dry Potato Curry(devilled potatoes).
Please make sure to read the recipe instructions carefully to avoid mistakes.
Ingredients

Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.

6 tablspoons of oil

2 cardamom pods slightly bruised

4 or 5 curry leaves

Pandan leaf(2″ piece, optional and can be substituted with a bay leaf)

1 large onion sliced fine

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

2 cardamom pods slightly bruised

1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

1/2 teaspoon red chili flecks 

1/2 teaspoon red chili powder

1 large green chili slit lengthwise.

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

250g potatoes boiled, peeled, and cut into cubes(1-inch roughly)

Method

How to boil the potatoes for the spicy tempered potato curry

Place the potatoes(250g with skin)in a pan, pour water just enough to cover the potatoes. do not add salt while boiling.

Boil the potatoes until they are tender. this should take 30-45 minutes. the cooking time depends on the size of the potatoes.

You can check if they are done by inserting a knife through the potatoes if the knife goes through smoothly, the potatoes are done.

Place the potatoes under running water and peel off the skin.

Since they are already boiled and soft, the potatoes will break into smaller cubes as you mix them with the spices, so cut them into larger cubes and set them aside.

How to cook the spicy devilled potatoes.

Have all the ingredients needed to make the spicy potato dish ready.

Sri Lankan spicy potato fry recipe ingredients.

Place a cooking pan over medium heat and pour in the oil(4 tbsp), add curry leaves(5 leaves), pandan leaf(2″ piece, optional and can be substituted with a bay leaf), cardamom pods(2), onions(1 large) and sauté.

tempering the onions and spices for the devilled potatoes.

Once the onion slices turn golden, add turmeric powder(1/2 tsp), cumin(1/2 tsp), add red chili flecks(1/2 tsp), red chili powder(1/2 tsp), green chilies (2), and finally, mustard seeds(1/2 tsp).

tempered spice and onion paste for the spicy sri lankan potato fry recipe.

Reduce heat and continue cooking the ingredients in the pan while mixing to avoid any of the spices from burning for 2 minutes.

adding the boiled potatoes to the sri lankan spicy potato dish.

Add the cooked potatoes to the spices.

Break down the larger pieces of potatoes as you mix.

If the potatoes are not completely cooked, here’s what you do.

As you break down potatoes down and notice that they are still hard to break, simply add 1/2 a cup of water and continue to cook until water evaporates, this will take about 8-10 minutes. (you can check the video for this recipe below).

Season with salt and combine.

Once the water evaporates, you can also add a few tablespoons of oil to fry and make the mixing of the tempered Potatoes.

If you need a bit of gravy, pour in 1/4 of thick coconut milk.

Cover and simmer for further 5 minutes over low heat.

tempered potatoes for the sri lankan potato dish.

Serve warm with your favorite rice and curry dishes.

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Sri Lankan spicy Dry Potato Curry(devilled potatoes).

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Dry potato curry(devilled potatoes) Sri Lankan style.

A dry potato curry is also known as”ala theldala” in Sinhalese is a devilled potato curry you can enjoy with all of your favorite meals.

Ingredients

  • Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.
  • 6 tablspoons of oil
  • 2 cardamom pods slightly bruised
  • 4 or 5 curry leaves
  • Pandan leaf(2″ piece, optional and can be substituted with a bay leaf)
  • 1 large onion sliced fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 cardamom pods slightly bruised
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flecks
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 large green chili slit lengthwise.
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 250g potatoes boiled, peeled and cut into cubes(1-inch roughly)

Instructions

How to boil the potatoes for the spicy tempered potato curry

Place the potatoes(250g with skin)in a pan, pour water just enough to cover the potatoes. do not add salt while boiling.

Boil the potatoes until they are tender. this should take 30-45 minutes. the cooking time depends on the size of the potatoes.

You can check if they are done by inserting a knife through the potatoes if the knife goes through smoothly, the potatoes are done.

Place the potatoes under running water and peel off the skin.

Since they are already boiled and soft, the potatoes will break into smaller cubes as you mix them with the spices, so cut them into larger cubes and set them aside.

How to cook the spicy devilled potatoes.

Have all the ingredients needed to make the spicy potato dish ready.

Place a cooking pan over medium heat and pour in the oil(4 tbsp), add curry leaves(5 leaves), pandan leaf(2″ piece, optional and can be substituted with a bay leaf), cardamom pods(2), onions(1 large) and sauté.

Once the onion slices turn golden, add turmeric powder(1/2 tsp), cumin(1/2 tsp), add red chili flecks(1/2 tsp), red chili powder(1/2 tsp), green chilies (2), and finally, mustard seeds(1/2 tsp).

Reduce heat and continue cooking the ingredients in the pan while mixing to avoid any of the spices from burning for 2 minutes.

Add the cooked potatoes to the spices.

Break down the larger pieces of potatoes as you mix.

If the potatoes are not completely cooked, here’s what you do.

As you break down potatoes and notice that they are still hard to break, simply add 1/2 a cup of water and continue to cook until water evaporates, this will take about 8-10 minutes. (you can check the video for this recipe below).

Season with salt and combine.

Once the water evaporates, you can also add a few tablespoons of oil to fry and make the mixing of the tempered Potatoes.

If you need a bit of gravy, pour in 1/4 of thick coconut milk.

Cover and simmer for further 5 minutes over low heat.

Serve warm with your favorite rice and curry dishes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 506mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g

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Wendy

Thursday 17th of June 2021

Very nice. I like a dry curry with tandoori and naan and yours is the one I prefer.

jehan

Friday 18th of June 2021

Hi Wendy, Thank you so much for trying out the recipe and you are most welcome. regards j

Hesala Hettiarachchi

Friday 21st of August 2020

Hi Jehan, I made this one today and it was amazing. I added some coconut milk. Now I am like a master chef to my family. Thank you so much for the blog, I am learning lots of Sri Lankan recipes from you. Really easy to understand your step by step method. Thanks again.

jehan

Saturday 22nd of August 2020

Hi Hesala, High five for achieving master chef status with the family! You are most welcome and happy the recipes are helping you with your cooking. Regards J

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