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"Mane Adige" means "Home Food" in kannada and this blog is all about recipes that I cook. Most of the recipes I post here will be from "Mangalooru" and "Bengalooru " regions of Karnataka,India. Rest of them are the one's which I try out by improvising the recipes got from different sources.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Baby Potatoes Cooked in Tangy Tamarind Sauce (South Indian Style) AND a Tribute to my Mom!

Have I ever mentioned how good a cook my mom is??!?! Well, she is an amazing cook to say the least!!!!! She loves experimenting and trying out new recipes and cuisines. When my parents were newly married, about 30 years back.... they lived in Pune for a while and that was when she was introduced to North Indian food. I believe she used to collect Chaat recipes from the gaadi walaas or neighbors and try them at home without letting the elders of the family know about it.... Those were the times when eating onions was also considered a sin in an orthodox, south indian, brahmin family like ours!!! :D She's been into experimenting and trying out new stuff ever since.... She even bought a conventional oven about 15 years back and tried her hand at baking eggless cakes, chocolates, puddings.... She makes a zillion kinds of yummy juices, soups....and a lot more. Most of the recipes I have here on my blog are also hers!! My mom is not just a wonderful cook but also a wonderful human being. Shez always been there for me, supporting me when I needed her emotionally, listening to all my silly college stories after I got back home from college.... helping me choose the right ear-ring for that particular dress to wear to a party.... Standing and knocking at my bedroom door for long hours when I would shut the door at her after a fight....I remember the time when I got my first job.... She was as excited as me and she could listen to me for hours, about the 30 min interview I had just cleared !!!! She has been my best friend and companion ever!!! I fall short of words to express my feelings..... The least I could say is, Thank you for everything, Mom!!! Friends, please join me in thanking all moms for their sacrifices and the never ending patience 'n love that they show towards us........... I love you, Mom!! It doesn't have to be Mother's day or any other special occasion to thank your mom, does it?? :)

Coming to the recipe....... This recipe is also from my mom. Not too sure where she got the recipe from or what cuisine it is, but I relish it thoroughly!!! This dish can be served as a starter or aa a side dish with rotis. Its a very simple dish and takes very few ingredients that are commonly available in any south indian pantry. Here's the recipe.. Enjoi!

I just realized that Mansi of Food and Fun is hosting this event for Game Night Party Recipes and I will be sending across this recipe to her for this wonderful event... Thanx for hosting, Mansi!!

This one is also going out to Sia from Monsoon Spice for the Ode to Potato event!! You guys should check out this post of her's on potatoes.... Very informative, that one! Thanx Sia.


8-10 Baby Potatoes (Choose smaller potatoes among the lot)

1 tsp Rasam powder (any brand that you have in your pantry)

3/4 tsp Tamarind paste OR lemon sized tamarind pulp

1-2 tsp Jaggery

1-2 tsp Oil

1/2 tsp Mustard/Jeera seeds

1/2 tsp Urad dal seeds

1/2 tbsp Finely chopped Red Onions

2-3 strands Cilantro finely Chopped

A pinch of haldi

Salt as per taste


  1. Pressure cook baby potatoes in salt and water on medium heat until 1 whistle OR until completely cooked but still firm; Make sure you add enough salt while cooking.
  2. Soak the tamarind in a small cup of warm water and keep aside for some time; Meanwhile, peel the cooked potatoes.
  3. Heat oil in a heat bottomed pan and temper with jeera,haldi and urad dal. Add the cooked potatoes and saute well.
  4. Add tamarind juice, rasam powder, jaggery; Simmer and cook covered for about 10 mins or until the potatoes are coated well with the masala. Saute once in a while; Add salt as required. Adjust the taste of tamarind and jaggery according to your wish.
  5. Remove from stove; Garnish with chopped onions, cilantro and serve hot with rotis or as a starter!!

Serves: 2 people; Serving size: about 4-5 potatoes

Prep time: About 30-40 mins, including pressure cooking and my photo session!! ;)

Closer look at my all-time favorite dish....


FH said...

Aw!! That was such a nice tribute. Your mom sounds wonderful. Lucky girl!:)
This snack is new and must taste great with spicy and tangy flavors. I have been making lot of snacks these days too, will try this. Thanks for posting mom's recipe.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Nice to read about your mom.

exactly u r right!! Mom's are amazing....

BTW lovely recipe ... will try it

Shilpa said...

Thats such a sweet post Ramya.
The baby potatoes look great..it must taste like a chaat. Love it.

Richa said...

Ramya, now i've a lump in my throat reading the beautiful tribute to ur mom!
listening for hrs @ 30 min interview...lol, u r too cute!

will take alu anytime :) lovely!

Seema said...

Nice one Remya- A very sweet & thoughtfull word about your mom. Sur she's proud of you as always!Loved the baby potato recipe.. looks yum & great for appetizers i think...Thanks to your mom for sharing her lovely recipe with us through you :-)

Archy said...

Ramya.. Its really nice to hear about ur mom.. !!
Mom's are always amazing !!
Love this spicy tangy potatoes.. Shall surely try out :) !!

Mansi said...

that was so sweet Ramya! Cheers to all moms in this world, without whom it would have been a dull and drab place!!:)

thanks for the lovely entry Ramya!

Laavanya said...

That's so beautiful what you've written about your mom.
This recipe looks amazingly lip-smacking and such an awesome picture Ramya. Bookmarked to try.

Sagari said...

ramya potatoes look soo yummy

amna said...

beautiful post :) and i love the look of those baby potatoes!

Red Chillies said...

Aww Ramya! You have touched a chord somewhere and now I want to hug my mother. I can so relate to you about mothers, cooking, being there for us, listening to our endless brags, pumping us, loving us inspite of our indifferences. I could go on. Loved your potato too!

Sia said...

very touching note ramya. as they say, "god couldn't be every where for all our needs and thats why he created mother" :)
thank you for this wonderful entry:)

Shella said...

You are really lucky to have a mother like her. Being a mother is always easy, but being a friend too does not come always, n nor do many girls have that luck. God bless.

Finla said...

It looks so delicious.
I have never ate potato like this. But i am sure they were tasting super delicious

Ramya Kiran said...

hey ramya.ur recipe looks mouth watering..ur post is so meaningful..MOMS ARE ALWAYS THE BEST..hey i have 1 request.can you pls post recipe for vegetable saagu?thnx..

musical said...

Ramya, Moms are the best! This is such a lovely post, the thoughts and the recipe! And amazing pictures too! Thanks a ton, dear, for such a wonderful piece!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Thanx.... I'm indeed lucky! :)

Thanx! Sure, try it n let me know :)

Yeah, u r right!!! It did taste kinda like chaat...

haha :D that was exactly how it was... I could take abt that iview non-stop!!!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Thanx girls! Sure, try it out n let me know :)

Thanx to you for hosting the event,Mansi... Cheers!

Thanx!Sure, try it out n let me know :)

Thanx girls :)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

@Red Chillies,
Thanx, girl.... Cheers to all the lovely moms out there!!

VEry true Sups!!! Thanx to you for hosting the event

Thank you so much Shella!! I am indeed lucky!

@Happy Cook,
Oh, it sure tasted gr8!! You should try it sometime

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

@Ramya Kiran,
Thanx Ramya! Sure, will post the recipe for Mixed veggie Saagu soon... Been quite some time since I made it last. Thanx for reminding me about that dish!

Thank you!! :)

EC said...

wow...looks so good. btw, i tried out ur oil free paratha...it was superb...will post on my blog too soon

Shimogait said...

Try maadide kane.. super ettu.. Beer jote olle side.. he he

Aunty ge nanna kaeinda thanks helu...

Kribha said...

Hm...That's a very beautiful write-up. You have an amazing mom. Baby potatoes look super delicious. Stunning pictures.

Mishmash ! said...

So touching and an honest one! did you show this to your mom? If not, pls do :)


Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Thank you :). Oh, you tried that parantha??!thats gr8.. sure, will wait for your post :)

oh, aagle try maadi aytha???!?! that was fast :). Glad you liked it! Hoon helthini ammange

Thanx :)I sure am lucky!

Thank you! oh yes, shez read it... and she was really happy!! She learn't to surf the net recently and shez been a regular
at my blog since then :)

Chickoo said...

Looks sooo rich and inviting!!! Lovely recipe Ramya!

Sig said...

aaaaaaaaaahhhh, that is such a touching tribute... your mom sounds like a wonderful person... These baby potatoes look so great!

DEEPA said...

very nice reading !!!Baby potato is awesome and yummy one !!

Grihini said...

Nice tribute to ur mom. But I guess its never too sufficient to say thanks to them.

Nice looking Aloo :)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Thanx girls! :)

THanx! :)

Khushi said...

its too mouth watering..... slurrrrrrrrrp

Kalai said...

Looks soooooo awesome!!! Moms rock, don't they? Thanks for this one! :)

Dori said...

~ Hehehe, I remember my mom always coming and knocking at my bedroom door after we would have a fight and I was being stubborn...What a great post :) The potatoes look good and I just bought some baby potatoes and looking for ways to use them!

Unknown said...

Hi Ramya,
May be this is the second time i am visiting Mane Adige...your r not only a good cook but also a good writer. Reading your feeling about your mom tears trickled down my eyes...very nice.


Anonymous said...


Yestu chenage bardhidhiya! Hope someday my daughter feels the same way. :-)


Peacock said...

Nice Post Ramya.. Parents are the priceless gifts in the world!!!
I am new to your blog readers list..
The recipes you have posted are too good .