Potato Assaadu/Potato Kurma - Pondicherry Special

Today's visit is to Pondicherry,union territory in Southern part of India.Pondicherry is affectionately known as Pondy and its heavily influenced by French.Pondicherry  is famous for its beach and Aravind Ashram.
Coming the food culture,sea foods are popular and its a mixed of French,Tamilnadu,Andhra and Kerela cuisine.
Assaadu is nothing its a kurma named as such in Pondicherry and it tastes best with roti,rice and other tiffin items like idly and dosa.Mostly assaadu is made with sea foods and meat,for vegetarian version its made with potatoes.Lets move on to the recipe......................

Basic Information

Recipe Source ~ Priya's Versatile Recipes
Preparation Time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking Time ~ 25 minutes
Serves ~ 2-3


Potato/urulaikilangu1 (cubed)
Onion/ vengayam(finely chopped)1 (medium size)
Tomato(chopped)2 (medium size)
Ginger&Garlic paste2 tsp
Red chilly powder/milagai podi1 tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi1/2 tsp
Green chilly/pachamilagai3-4
Coriander leaves/kothamalli1 tsp(chopped)
Salt11/2 tsp
Oil1 tbs
For the tempering

Cinnamon/pattai1 inch
Bay leaf1

Grind it to a fine paste

Coconut(grated)1/4 cup
Poppy seeds/kasakasa1/2tsp
Grind to a fine powder

Fennel seeds/sombhu1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds/jeergam1/2 tsp


Grind the fennel and cumin seeds to a fine powder in a mortar and pestle,grind the coconut and cashews to a fine paste,keep it aside.
Heat the oil in a pan and do the tempering,saute the onion and green chilly till transparent.Then add the ginger&garlic paste fry it for a minute,then add the chopped tomato and cook it till mushy.

Add the cubed potato, ground powder,red chilly powder give it a mix.Cook it covered till the potato gets cooked.Finally add the ground paste,turmeric powder and salt.Allow it to boil for 5 minutes or till the raw smell goes off.Sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves.

Serve it with rice or roti,idly,dosa.



Looks very tempting, i loved the consistency of your assadu

Supera pannitinga Nalini, assadu is just calling me to have with some hot piping rice.

super flavorful and so well made!! loved the clicks as usual!!

That's such a lovely dish Nalini, your pictures make it so much more inviting!

This is a new dish for me, but I totally love the way you serve it and present it..the dish is so well highlighted ..absolutely amazing pics.

That curry looks so creamy and delicious.

Super inviting assaadu. And as usual amazing snaps..

A very inviting bowl of Assadu!

Creamy and flavorful assadu. I am sure it goes with any food you serve it with; rice, roti, dosa

Oh wow this veg assadu is just calling me , such an flavorful and aromatic curry :) I wud love to finish them with rice , well done with the recipe choice dear !!

Wow stunning pics. The assaad is so very delicious. Love it.

I made assadu too but a fish version. this one looks delicious too

Looks very inviting and have bookmarked it to try. Beautiful clicks :)

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