empty pantry – potatoes in minutes

i frequently run out of stuff in my pantry..i have once run out of salt!  😀     thanks to my very dear neighbour Priyanka, i survived that meal
being married to a north indian, i usually always have onions, tomoatoes and potatoes…even some green chillies..
this potatoe sabzi/palya usually comes out when i can’t think of anything else….but my is it delicious!

I cherish it also it is my grand father – who is now 84 – taught us this dish. just like this flat poha snack preparation we lovingly call ajja-avalakki in our family

this recipe serves 2


oil – 2 tablespoons
onion – 2 medium sliced thin
potatoes – 2 medium sliced thin (unpeeled)
green chillies – 3 sliced length wise (this depends on how much you can take :))
lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
salt – to taste
mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
curry leaves – few & optional


1. heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. oncsliced-onione they crackle, add curry leaves.
2. add slit green chillies and onion
3. once onions turn pink, add potatoes and salt. i like adding a pinch of turmeric too
4. fry potatoes for about 4-5minutes. DSCF1406
5. cook covered, stirring occasionally.

6. use your spatula to sligthly pierce a potato slice to know if it is cooked.
7. once done, turn off the flame and squeeze some lime juice & gently mix.


once, before marriage, my flatmate and i prepared this dish….devoured it with hot rice ….and then prepared it ALL OVER AGAIN and polished more off 😀


2 thoughts on “empty pantry – potatoes in minutes

  1. This dish sounds so simple but absolutely delicious. I think potatoes are a real comfort food and they soak up the flavours of whatever they are cooked with so well.


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