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kootu curry recipe kerala style

Potato Kootu Curry Kerala Style Recipe, How To Make Kootu Curry For Kerala Sadya

Potato kootu curry is delicious Kerala style potato masala prepared in coconut milk and spices, popularly served with rice for Kerala Onam sadya. You can also add medhu vada or uzhunnu vada to the prepared kootu curry to make it even more delicious.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 167kcal


  • 4 medium sized potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoons raw cashew nuts optional
  • ¼ teaspoon salt adjust as needed

Spice Powders

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds powder
  • 2 tablespoons coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala powder

For seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (or use cumin seeds)
  • 4 red chilies dried
  • 1 string curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or more as required)


  • Peel and slice the onion, keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds or cumin seeds (I used cumin seeds in this recipe).
  • As the seeds start to splutter, add the red chilies and curry leaves fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the sliced onion and saute well, stirring occasionally.
  • Add salt and saute the onion really well until the onion slices are almost transparent and browned. This will take around 10 to 12 minutes of sauteing.
  • Meanwhile peel the potatoes and dice them into cubes.
  • After the onions are sauteed, add the potatoes also to the pan and add more salt, now mix everything well. Let the potatoes get sauteed for about 4 to 5 minutes. Add more oil if required.
  • Once the potatoes are also sauteed well, you can add the coconut milk and cashew nuts.
  • Mix everything well and bring it to a boil.
  • As the coconut milk starts boiling, reduce the heat and close the pan, let it get cooked for about 5 to 6 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked and soft. You can add a little more coconut milk if needed (in case all coconut milk is absorbed before the potatoes are cooked completely).
  • Now add all the spices to the pan, mix everything well.
  • You can cook for few more minutes in medium heat without closing the pan, if there is any gravy left. We don't need any gravy for this recipe, so you can wait for few more minutes until all gravy is absorbed. Now the delicious Kerala style potato masala or potato kootu curry with coconut milk is ready to be served!


You can serve this along with rice for lunch or dinner or you can use this as a side dish for dosa or chapathi.


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2.7mg