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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 simple deviled potato curry you can enjoy with all of your favorite meals.

This dry potato curry is vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.

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 amount 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 chilli 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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Storing-store in glass containers with a lid to preser 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.

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.

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

1 large onions sliced fine

4 or 5 curry leaves

2 cardamom pods slightly bruised

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

2 cardamom pods slightly bruised

1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

1/2 teaspoon red chilli flecks 

1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder

1 large green chilli slit lengthwise.

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

6 tablespoons of oil

Method

How to parboil the potatoes for the spicy dry potato curry

Place the potatoes(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 30-40 minutes.

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 curried  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), 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 chilli flecks(1/2 tsp), red chilli powder(1/2 tsp), green chillies(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.

Season with salt and combine potatoes with the tempered ingredients. pour in a tablespoon of oil if you need the mixing to go smoothly.

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
Sri Lankan spicy dry potato curry(deviled potatoes).

An easy to make 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.

Ingredients

  • Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.
  • 250g potatoes boiled, peeled and cut into cubes(1-inch roughly)
  • 1 large onions sliced fine
  • 4 or 5 curry leaves
  • 2 cardamom pods slightly bruised
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 cardamom pods slightly bruised
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flecks
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 large green chilli slit lengthwise.
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 6 tablespoons of oil

Instructions

How to parboil the potatoes for the spicy dry potato curry

Place the potatoes(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 30-40 minutes.

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 curried 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), 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 chilli flecks(1/2 tsp), red chilli powder(1/2 tsp), green chillies(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.

Season with salt and combine potatoes with the tempered ingredients. pour in a tablespoon of oil if you need the mixing to go smoothly.

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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