Popular side dish from Tanjavur district of Tamil Nadu made from potatoes and green gram.


  • Curry leaves
  • 2 Garlic, cloves
  • 3 Green Chillies
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • 1/3 teaspoon Coconut
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Oil
  • 3 Potatoes, boiled and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon Ullutham paruppu / Urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Cinnamon half inch piece
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Payatham Paruppu / Moong dal


  1. Boil potatoes, peel and cube them. Cook the Payatham paruppu / Moong dal until mushy.
  2. Grind coconut, fennel, green chillies and garlic with little water.
  3. Heat oil in pan. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. Add the cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf. Fry it for about a minute or until aromatic.
  4. Add the sliced onions and fry until it is translucent.
  5. Add the ground masala paste and sauté it on low heat until aromatic (about 6-8 minutes).
  6. Now add the boiled potato cubes and mix well. Also add the cooked dal along with the salt needed.
  7. Mix well and add water to bring it to gravy like consistency. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  8. Add the lime juice and cilantro before you serve along with dosa.

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