Thenga Urulakizhangu ~ Potatoes with Fresh Coconut



I guess there are hardly anybody who hates potatoes. I love potatoes… In fact, this is one vegetable I can have in any form at any time of the day. It is also a vegetable I look at when I am really not in a mood to cook anything and want something quick fix. Here are some of my favorite potato curries on the blog…


Naadan Beef Potato Curry

Varutharacha Urulakizhangu Curry

Aaloo Kheema

Aaloo Methi

Kashmiri Dum Aaloo

Urulakizhangu Ozhichukoottaan (my favorite!!!)

Urulakizhangu Musakhan

Aaloo Gobhi

Puriwala Aloo




I don’t know if you noticed but there was a potato dish peeking from behind the Beetroot Pooris and it was this delicious “Thenga Urulakizhangu”. The name of the dish literally translates as “Coconut Potatoes”. Or let’s rephrase it as “Potatoes with Coconut” for grammar sake. πŸ˜‰ I adapted this dish from a humongous book called “660 curries” by Raghavan Iyer. InShaAllah, will do a book review on this book sometime later, but I really advise you to have this book if you are a curry lover and need a variety of ideas, whether vegetarian or non-vegetarian.


OK, coming back to the recipe, this dish is said to be from our neighboring state Tamil Nadu and is such a simple dish to make. If you are a coconut lover, you will definitely love this dish, since the coconuts are not really cooked, thereby maintaining its sweetness. The base is straightforward and once the potatoes are boiled and chopped, the rest of the process is a breeze. We loved it with the pooris, and will definitely go well as side for your rice dishes as well, or even with chapathis. I would say this dish is just the fodder when you feel really lazy. πŸ™‚ Off to the recipe…





Thenga Urulakizhangu ~ Potatoes with Fresh Coconut

Course Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 500 gm potatoes
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • 4 dry round red chillies
  • A fat pinch hing asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 4 green chillies minced
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1/2 bunch coriander leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated coconut
  • Salt to taste


  • Half boil the potatoes, peel and chop them into large peices.
  • Heat oil. Splutter the mustard seeds. Add the urad dal and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the red chillies, hing and turmeric and saute for around 15 seconds.
  • Add the chopped potatoes, green chillies, curry leaves and coriander leaves and mix well.
  • Add 1/2 cup water and bring to boil. Sprinkle salt and cook on low flame till done.
  • Keep on high flame and saute till the water is all dried up. Even if the potatoes break up, it's fine.
  • Add the coconut and give a final mix. Switch off and serve as side dish with rice or with pooris.

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  1. It is the same with me too, I love potatoes in any form and F too. So it does become a lazy day easy meal πŸ™‚ I have never heard of this dish and looking at it, I defo want to try! That curry book, I know you had recommended long back when I had shared my hate to make curries.. have to get my hands on it. InshaAllah.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Fami… πŸ™‚

  2. My husband doesn’t eat potato, except only in fries form :-)) I love this cooked with coconut!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  3. My favourite.. I like this sabzi with dosa and poori

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Shobhaji…

  4. So inviting Rafeeda!!I too love potatoe in any form…????????
    We used to make something similar with tapioca..will surely try this one..????

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shazia… πŸ™‚

  5. looks good .. this can go well with anything.. I kids doesn’t eat potato so I seldom do it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Veena…

  6. looks so everything with coconut

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Gloria…

  7. ohh that sounds so good… Got to try it..never tried the coconut with potato combo

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa…

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