Potato Stir Fry/ Urulakizhangu Upperi

I am in two moods today. The first is good – the excitement of having met a dear blogger friend, who was enroute Dubai on her trip to India. After a lot of calls up and down, finally I met Usha and wasn’t I really happy! Unfortunately, I couldn’t spend much time with her, however we did catch up over a cup of coffee and I realized that she is the same innocent lady with whom I interact over blogging and otherwise. She happens to be the second blogger friend I have met, the first one being Family Cook. Hope to meet many more bloggers, especially the local ones, very soon… It feels nice to see people who you interact with virtually in flesh and skin… πŸ™‚


On the other note, my parents are off to a small trip to India for two weeks. This is not the first time they are going, but the next time they will leave, they will leave for good. I have been fortunate enough to have them with me all these years, giving me some very good support as far as the kids are concerned. For them, it is a well deserved rest from the hectic life over here, and for me, it is going to be a case of getting adjusted to not having them physically with me, soon. Life is not what we want all the time, right… I only have prayers for their wellness to Allah, just like all of us who value our parents. Whatever little misunderstandings you may have, at the end of it all, they are who made you and their value is non-match able, irreplaceable…


The continuation post from yesterday’s Thayir Saadam/ Yogurt Rice, this was what I had served with it and what an awesome combination it is! I don’t have a family that is potato friendly, which is sad! I love potatoes like mad but then when others don’t eat, how would I make it all alone for me? Hmm… This is one upperi I would eat any time when it is given to me… just love the flavors and I don’t have to say how it tasted in combination with the thayir saadam… droolicious!!! Hehe… Off to the way I make it…


Urulakizhangu Upperi ~ Potato Stir Fry

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 2 strands curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • A pinch asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • Salt to taste


  • Cook the potatoes in a pressure cooker in lots of water on high flame for three whistles.
  • Switch off, allow the pressure to go by itself. Open the cooker, drain the potatoes.
  • Peel and slice in to medium sized pieces. Set aside.
  • In a kadai, heat the oil. Splutter mustard and cumin seeds.
  • Add the urad dal and fry for a minute. Add the curry leaves and fry for another minute.
  • Now add the masala powders and stir well. Add the potatoes and give it a good mix.
  • Leave it on a low flame for about 5-6 minutes. Add the salt and mix well again.
  • Serve warm as side dish with rice and curry!

Join the Conversation

  1. Potatoes are my fav. too…looks real yummy

    1. Thank you so much Ruxana…

  2. Potato upperi prepared to perfect texture. Not mushy and i like the colour Rafee.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  3. Wonderful, simple yet delicious fry!

    1. Thank you so much Ambreen…

  4. Oh it's the same here Rafee I don't eat many things I link coz the family doesn't πŸ™ . Any day this dish for me too ! Love it

    1. It makes us miss on a lot of things, right Rekha… :/ Thanks a lot dear…

  5. potato is always my fav veggie! lovely side dish dear

    1. Thank you so much Sangee…

  6. Aloo in any form is welcome!

    1. Thank you so much Dipti…

  7. I think this potato dish is almost everyone's all time fav. We are the same, usually there for our vegetarian meals.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  8. lovely combo… looks too good.. here both hus and my son are potato lovers.. its me who restrict..

    1. Oh that's bad, Laxmi!!! Thanks a lot…

    1. Thank you so much dear…

  9. you two ladies are having fun eh? I wish you all the best in this next 2 weeks, I am sure insyaAllah you will adjust well Rafee, and your curry looks delicious. I am all for potatoes too!

    1. Oh yes, we had some good time, dear! And I am managing as well… Thanks a lot dear…

  10. Nice to know that ur parents r living with u, v r very lucky actually. Even my family does not like trying new stuff, that's the reason m not sure if my blog will survive for long….

    1. Yes, dear I am lucky in that case, but very soon, I will be like many of them here… Try out the different stuff that ur family may like, that way u can definitely keep ur blog alive dear… Thanks a lot Razina…

  11. Simple and tasty potato. Will surely try Rafeeda

    1. Thank you so much Aysha…

  12. looks delicious..I too had prepared similar stir fry to go along with puris

    1. We normally make our poori ones a bit watery… Thanks a lot, Gloria…

  13. best combo for thayir sadham πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Parvathy… πŸ™‚

  14. All time favorite, never say no to this yummy potato stir fry..loved ur version…would love to have it with my curd rice πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Sangeetha… πŸ™‚

  15. wow looks so deliicous and yummy πŸ™‚ potato stirfry is really tempting me a lot !!

    1. Thank you so much Manjula… πŸ™‚

  16. Eduthe thinnan thonnunu…such simple recipes are always close to the heart right…loved it

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

  17. Potato is not my favourite, but still its a great combo with thayir saadam. For me, I love thayir saadam with a kadu manga and pappad. Potato lovers are more around me and so I do make this often. This one looks quite tempting.
    So, when are we meeting Rafee????

    1. Thank you so much Priya… we should meet, very soon…

  18. Healthy and guilt free stir fry.

    1. Thank you so much Vidya…

  19. Feels to grab t ……so simple and yummy…..

    1. Thank you so much Remya…

  20. I love potatoes in any form …i love this fry too…pairs well with ur sadam…yummm

    1. Thank you so much Suhaina…

  21. WOw lovely potato stir fried just look awesome πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

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