Potatoes in Peanut & Onion Gravy (Urulai Thiratal)

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Potatoes in Peanut & Onion Gravy (Urulai Thiratal)

Let me start by saying this is was a runaway hit with my family. We are blog hopping for Avant Garde Cookies and I was delighted that my first hop in this category was to my blogger bestie, Priya Sreeram’s  blog, Bon Appetite – First thing that struck me as i keep flipping web pages is – How did I miss this? My sweet friend is so — because she is a dessert junkie! She has cakes, and brownies, and all kinds of delicious bakes and scattered in between are her savory/spicy dishes… I loved browsing and rereading some of her wonderfully written posts.

I had made a peanut and onion chutney not too long ago which was a super hit too and I thought, hmm, the potato monsters I have in my son, hubby and daughters would love this.  But for adding a few of my favorite tastes, I stayed pretty true to my soul sister’s recipe and we enjoyed this to the last lick with chappatis- Thanks PS for enriching my repertoire with this fab dish. And to really confess, I am not big on potatoes at ll – clearly prefer sweet potatoes to the regular kinds and even I loved it

Off to the recipe now


  • 8-10 medium sized red potatoes
  • 1/2 can of diced tomatoes (or 1 big beef tomato)
  • 1 huge red onion (or 2 medium sized ones)
  • 1/2 cup of roasted peanuts (without husk)
  • 2 red chilies
  • 1tsp Chennai Curry Powder
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • 2 tsp of olive or other oil
  • Curry leaves, mustard seeds for tempering

Boil Potatoes in pressure cooker or steamer

Peel, cube and keep.

In a kadai or deep pan,(nonstick to save on oil) add oil and heat

Throw in the asafetida, red chilies and sauté

Roughly chop the onions, and peanuts since they are to ground anyway

Let it tenderize

Add the tomatoes

Cook until the water is evaporated

Cool, grind and set aside

In the pan now add 1 tsp of oil and temper the mustards and the curry leaves.

Add the cubed potatoes and some turmeric (optional)

Add some salt and cook for a few minutes until the potatoes absorb the salt – I also used 1tsp of rasam powder (you can use curry powder)  and cook for a minute longer

Now add the onion and peanut paste and let it simmer along with the potatoes

Transfer into a serving dish and go hung-ho at it with chapatis/naan/pooris or even rice

Enjoy this recipe until the next time I am coming back with some Jams and Tangerine Marmalade – so stay tuned!


Posted on

March 26, 2013


  1. yum.. we loved your onion peanut chutney!! gotta give this one a try!

  2. I m sure this would have been heavenly. After all there are 2 heavenly things in this- potato and peanuts

  3. Wow peanuts and potatoes..Wat a beautiful combo and the gravy makes me drool.

  4. look fantastic.. simply superb… amazing clicks…

  5. Never had potatoes with peanuts. Will try it.


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