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Potato masala recipe | Aloo masala for dosa

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Potato masala or aloo masala recipe for dosa, poori, sandwich, roti rolls (wraps) or can be served as a side with rice. This potato masala is much known as aloo masala in South India and is most commonly served with masala dosa as a filling. This delicious side dish tastes not only delicious but is also aromatic & easy to make.

potato masala aloo masala

If you have the preboiled potatoes, this recipe just takes about 10 mins. You can either boil the potatoes in a pot, traditional pressure cooker or instant pot.

This recipe will give you aloo masala that tastes close to the one served in South Indian restaurants.

I usually make this for the breakfast to eat with dosas & poori. I use the rest to make kathi rolls or potato sandwich for the lunch box.

My people at home also love this with lemon rice, coconut rice, pudina rice, or sesame rice.

The texture of the curry can be adjusted to suit your liking. I prefer to keep it slightly moist, little dry than the curry served in restaurants. This helps the dosa and sandwich to keep crisp for a little longer.

For more Potato recipes, you can check
Poori masala
Potato curry
Potato kurma
Aloo gobi masala


1. Cook 400 grams potatoes until just done in whatever way you like. In the cooker, steamer or directly in a pot. I cook them in a pot with just enough water to cover. If you are a beginner, I suggest cooking in a pot. Potatoes should not turn mushy but fully cooked. You can check by pricking a fork if it is done.

boiling aloo

How to make potato masala for dosa, sandwich, rolls

2. On a medium flame, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan. When the oil turns hot, lower the flame and add
¼ to ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon chana dal (optional)
1 teaspoon urad dal (optional).
Fry until the dals turn golden. Then add 1 pinch of hing (asafoetida).

tempering for potato curry recipe for dosa

3. Add ½ tablespoon ginger (grated or fine chopped). Fry until it begins to smell good. [Tip: Optionally you may pour 2 to 3 tablespoons water at this stage and cook until the dal becomes soft. Ensure the water is evaporated fully before you proceed to the next step.]

grated ginger for potato curry recipe

4. Next add
1 medium chopped or sliced onions (½ to ¾ cup)
1 sprig curry leaves
1 to 2 chopped or slit green chilies
¼ teaspoon salt.

addition of onions for potato masala

5. Fry until the onions turn pink.

sauteing onions for potato curry recipe for dosa

6. Lower the flame, then add the
boiled potato
¼ teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon more salt. You can add turmeric to the onions to get a good color

addition of turmeric salt in potato curry recipe for dosa

7. Mash the potatoes gently with the spatula. You can also keep small cubes if you like it that way. Add little potato stock (potato cooked water) to bring together the potatoes. It will be fairly dry without the addition of water. I use about 3 to 4 tbsp. potato stock.

mashing aloo

8. Mix everything well. Taste test and add more salt if needed. This is the texture we prefer and is good for dosa, sandwiches, rolls and lunch box as well. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves.

addition of coriander leaves

Serve potato curry with dosa. To make sandwich i smear little pudina chutney to the bread first and then stuff this curry.

potato masala

Here are my tips to make this the best.


Potatoes: Boil the potatoes until fork tender or until just done and not mushy. If the potatoes are cooked mushy, they will make your masala dosa soft when you stuff this.

Curry leaves, ginger & green chilies are the 3 main flavoring ingredients in this aloo masala. Do not skip them as you will miss those flavors. There are no substitutes to these.

Onions: Ensure you saute the onions well until the raw smell goes away. They must turn transparent and emit a sweet aroma.

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Potato masala recipe for dosa

Potato masala (aloo masala)

Potato masala or aloo masala is a dish made by sauteing boiled potatoes. It is usually eaten with poori or dosa. It can also be stuffed in wraps & sandwiches. Instructions included for stovetop & instant pot.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings3 to 4

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

Ingredients for potato masala

  • 2 cups potatoes peeled & diced to 1 inch cubes (400 grams, 3 medium)
  • 1 medium onions chopped or sliced (about ½ to ¾ cup)
  • ½ tablespoon ginger chopped or grated (about 1 inch)
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon Salt (adjust to taste)


  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal (optional)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 to 2 green chilies chopped or sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric (use more if needed)
  • 1 Pinch hing (optional)

For garnish

  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped finely


Method 1 – How to make potato masala (stovetop)

  • Boil potatoes either in a pot or pressure cooker.
  • If cooking in a pot, bring water to a boil and add the diced potatoes. Cook them just until done or fork tender and not mushy. OR If cooking in a pressure cooker, add the potatoes to a bowl and pour little water. Cover and pressure cook for 3 whistles on a medium flame.
  • Ensure potatoes are just cooked and not very soft or mushy.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard and cumin.
  • When they begin to splutter, add chana dal and urad dal. Fry until golden and then add hing.
  • Then add ginger and saute for 30 to 60 seconds until aromatic.
  • Optional step to soften the dal – Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons water to the pan and cook until the dal turns soft. This is an optional step done to soften the dal. Ensure you evaporate all of the water before going to the next step.
  • Add onions, green chili and curry leaves. Saute till the onions turn transparent.
  • Once the onions turn transparent, add potatoes, turmeric and salt..
  • Mash slightly and add very little water or potato boiled stock to make the entire potato masala moist. Stir and cook for one to 2 mins. Taste test and add more salt if needed.
  • Add coriander leaves. Stir. Serve potato masala with dosa, puri, chapati, bread or rice.

Method 2 – How to make potato masala in instant pot

  • Press SAUTE button and pour oil to the inner pot of the instant pot.
  • Add mustard, cumin, chana dal & urad dal. Fry all of these until the dals turn golden.
  • Then add curry leaves, onions and green chilies.
  • Saute onions well until they turn transparent or pink. Add ginger and fry for 30 seconds.
  • Transfer the diced potatoes (1 inch cubes), add salt, turmeric and pour ⅓ cup (80 ml) water.
  • Press CANCEL button. Deglaze the pot by scrubbing the bottom with a spatula to release bits of food stuck.
  • Secure the instant pot with the lid. Position the steam release handle or vent to sealing.
  • Next press PRESSURE COOK button and set the timer to 4 mins (high pressure).
  • When the instant pot is done, press cancel. Release the pressure manually by moving the steam release handle from sealing to venting.
  • If there is any excess moisture left, evaporate it in the saute mode first.
  • Give a good stir and lightly mash only after the excess moisture has evaporated. Add more salt if needed. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve potato masala with dosa, sandwiches, roti or even in wraps.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Potato masala (aloo masala)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 74mg3%
Potassium 723mg21%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 103IU2%
Vitamin C 41mg50%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Potato masala recipe | Aloo masala for dosa

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5 stars
good racipies
good istruction
good tasty

Just made this and it’s so good!

Hi Swasthi, I can’t wait to try this recipe. But the Indian grocery near me has been out of fresh curry leaf for some time. What about dry curry leaf?

I am also curious what is the difference between this recipe and potatoes called “sookhi bhaji.”

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Delicious…. thank you sooo much…

Ma’am Namaskar,
After retirement from Air India, I started cooking for my Son as he likes tasty foods. I prefer to try your receipes or NDTV.
While making potato vegetable for Dosa, the chana daal is hard and crisp in final curry.
Kindly advise how to soften chana daal.
Thanks & Regrds,
God bless you !!!
Sunil Sharma. New Delhi

5 stars
Swasthi, my son made this to an alternative recipe he had. I got a sample – yum. Yours has now become his new favourite 🙂

As always a question 🙂 I struggle to get mustard seeds to pop (higher heat) without at the same time overcooking the cumin seeds (which can splutter at lower heat). Assume it would not matter if I popped the mustard on a higher heat first, then lowered heat for cumin to sizzle without burning – then add dal.

As always – so grateful for your efforts.

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Fantastic! I was looking for a ‘good’ recipe for Potato Bhaji and the way you have given the recipe, as you mentioned in the ‘About swasthi’ section is what “got” me. My 15-year old daughter shares my love for this dish and we got to make it today. It is an easy enough recipe, but as the other readers have noted and you too, you are so methodical, don’t waste time….etc.
I will be using your blog/website to make the Rajma and Chole recipes. Thank you so much!

5 stars
Very good & delicious.

Delicious! We used sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes, and it made the aloo masala just a little sweet, which tasted awesome inside of dosas! This recipe, while super easy to follow and beginner friendly, tastes just like what you get in restaurants or what my grandma would make. Thanks!

I am inspired to start cooking South Indian food again. My curry leaf tree in England will come into its own.

Love your recipes.. excellent taste. They are not complicated.. simple and easy to make.
Like your magical tips along with the recipes..They make a lot of difference in taste.
Thank you !

Looks great! The only thing I added was a spoon of besan, makes it a-amazing.

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I have made this a few time’s already as we really enjoy the potato with dosas. Thank you for posting it.

Very nice recipes. Thank you for sharing

I don’t have the channa daal or urad daal right now. Can I add some gram flour, or should I just skip it completely?

Going to try this out right now.

Made it today. Followed the recipe and the potatoes came out delicious!! The pictures accompanying the recipe are very helpful. Thank you.

Hi I registered on your website – and the food looks delicious….i wonder how I can see the recipes….to make 6 of the dishes at once? I cant seem to right click to copy and paste and it is difficult to read in my phone….am I doing something wrong?
thankl alot

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Tried this today and it came out very well. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

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I recently became a vegetarian and found myself struggling with healthy meals. I am not a much of a cook especially when it comes to south asian food. I recently found myself wanting to learn to make some of the dishes I really enjoy eating at restaurants and your recipes are it for me! I love the simplicity of the instructions and the pictures, especially since I don’t know all the ingredients by name, it helps to learn it proper. This potato masala turned out sooo good, I impressed few of my family members with it, and have shared the url with many. THANK YOU! So impressed with your cooking skills. 🙂

Do you precook the dal? Or does it go in hard/raw?

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I just love your blog.. I tried most of dishes for the first time and all came out really delicious.. ? It’s really helpful ? Thank you so much!!♥