Ullakazhangu Podimas ~ Potatoes rolled in coconut

I know this must be the umpteenth recipe featuring coconut or potato as the prime ingredient on this blog. Being married to a Manglorean does not help much in weaning myself, in fact I think it increased my love for coconuts all the more after discovering several other ways to use it in cooking. There is some misconception that coconuts ‘increase cholesterol’. I use plenty of fresh coconut as garnish and believe that it has several health benefits. Here is a link for skeptics.

Most of you, if you have been to a Tamilian household must have savoured this everyday dish. It is an easy recipe and if you have just begun cooking Indian food this one should appeal as it is tasty and does not call for any ‘not-easily-available’ Indian spices either.

These are my first pictures with my new ‘nifty-fifty’ and it is keeping me click-happy these days!

Recipe: Ullakazhangu podimas (Potatoes rolled in coconut)
Yield: Serves 3


Medium sized potatoes – 5
Fresh grated coconut – 1/3 cup
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp.
Split bengal gram or black gram – 1/2 tsp.
green chilli – 1
Salt to taste
Coconut oil – 1 tsp.


Pressure cook washed, cleaned and halved potatoes upto three whistles. Let pressure go down naturally. Peel. You may either use a sharp ladle and cut up the potatoes roughly into bite sized pieces or chop uniformly. I use a slotted ladle that I will later use to roast the potatoes for some rough chunky chopping.

Heat oil in a wide wok. When hot, season with mustard seeds, add dals and curry leaves. Let the dals turn pink (about 1/2 a minute) and add the potatoes. Mix well and let the potatoes roast well in slow fire.

Mince the green chilly with some coconut in a mortar. Add this and the rest of the coconut to the potatoes.

Stir so that the potatoes are evenly coated with the coconut.

Empty into a serving bowl. Serve with rice and rasam/sambar/kadhi or just with curd rice. \

Scrape the potatoes stuck to the wok and eat.


Harini is a vegan food photographer, writer and recipe developer. She also loves feeding birds, reading, watching crime thrillers, and travelling amongst other things.

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  • RukmaniRam

    amma used to make this often. I did not know how to make it till a few months ago. It is the best, no?

    As a side note, I should not be reading food blogs at 4 am. *leaves to fix a big hulking snack*

    PS: the captcha is "annamm" 😀

  • Nithya

    I am loving your clicks. They are really phenomenal. Great going.

  • Gulmohar

    Lovely dish..Can't say no to anything that has coconut in it, how could I , being a clicks too 🙂

  • RV

    This is one of my favorite and my mom makes this often. Love the concoction of tempered potatoes and coconut flakes.

  • Jayashree

    We love potatoes both in this avatar and int he form of a spicy roast.

  • Rachana Kothari

    This is such a delicious side dish!!! Beautiful clicks dear:)

  • anubhavati

    Oh God…urulaikizhangu podimas…slurp…and you have made it EXACTLY how we make it at home..And I love it with vengaya sambar…on sundays!!! rolled in with coconut oil…glemaing on the curry leaves…

  • meeso

    Looks good, I will give it a try!

  • jayasree

    Urulakizhangu podimas and vengaya sambhar is a great combo. As you said, coconut oil lents a special flavor to the dish.

  • Sunshinemom

    I knew this one would be a fave at most homes:).
    Sharmila, coconut oil gives it the Kerala touch! Most Tamilians prefer other oils but nothing can match coconut oil in Kerala cooking.

  • indhu

    this with some spicy vatha kuzhambu or sambar… awesome – love the serving dish!

    – Indhu (

  • ?peachkins?

    I can almost imagine how this would taste like!yummy!

  • Sharmila

    Potatoes and fresh coconut are both my favs. And I too love to scrape off the slightly burnt sides. Will love this … but no other oil? Can't I just sneak in a wee little peanut oil? 🙁

  • Suma Rowjee

    Delicious recipe!! Love potatoes anytime!!

  • AMA's AnythingVegetarian

    This is a common in my maternal grandmom's kitchen.For some reason my mom did not make it quite often.I will try ur version.

  • Nags

    this is a fave at home, especially love the crunch of the coconut 🙂

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