Potato in Coconut Gravy

August 8th, 2012 filed under Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetables Curry / Gravy
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This is a beautiful looking dish! Mouthwatering, heat from red chilies and sweet and sourness from tamarind make this dish exotic. This is a great dish for me and our family when we want a change from our regular tomato or yoghurt based gravy.

Recipe will serve 2-3.


  • 4 potatoes medium size, boiled peeled and cut into 1/3” cubes that will make about 3 cups of cubed potatoes
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 2 whole dried red chilies
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste


  • 3 whole dried red chilies
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • Approx. 2 tablespoons tamarind pulp(imli)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander (dhania)


  1. Soak tamarind in about ¼ cup of hot water, mix it well and squeeze out the pulp, recipe needs about 2 tablespoons of pulp. Set aside.
  2. For gravy dry roast chilies, mustard seeds and coriander over medium heat for about 1 minute.
  3. First grind the dry ingredient red chili, mustard seeds, and coriander, into coarse powder. Add coconut, tamarind pulp and ¼ cup water to make it into a paste. While blending use water as needed to make paste. If you prefer mild take the seeds out of red chili before blending. Set aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a sauce pan add mustard seeds red chilies, and curry leaves, as seeds crack add potatoes, salt and turmeric. Stir for about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add coconut paste and mix it well; add about 1-1/2 cups of water.
  6. After potatoes come to boil let it cook covered for 4-5 minutes over medium heat.
  7. Note: The dish absorbs water while sitting. Add more water as needed to keep the gravy consistency of your liking. Let it cook on low heat for few more minutes.
  8. Potato with Coconut Gravy is ready to serve.

Serving Suggestions

Potato with Coconut goes well Plain Paratha or Puri.

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11 Responses to “Potato in Coconut Gravy”

  1. Indian Spice says:

    Interesting recipe. I will definitely try it.

  2. Sneha says:

    hi aunty i’m sneha from Delhi recently i got married and this website helped me so much and i try ed this recipe also its good plz show me easy & quick recipes thank u

  3. shipra says:

    I tried it and it was very nice. Infact I have tried many receipes of yours .Thanks you so much.Lots of Luv.

  4. Fiona says:

    Is the grated coconut the fresh type or can you used dried grated coconut. Thankyou, it looks wonderful!

    • Manjula Jain says:

      Dry coconut for this recipe will not work.

    • Krishnarathi says:

      Dear Manjulaji,

      Thank you for all the wonderful receipes you have shared with us. each time we have a guest at home I go through your receipe categorie and always find a suitable menu. The guest have always loved it. Thank you once again.
      Love and Regards,


  5. Deepti says:

    Very nice. I tried this recipe, my husband loved it. 


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  6. Sulochana says:

    A new recipe. It appears to be a spicier version of Kerala potato stew. I must try! Thanks!

  7. B. Gayathri says:

    New interesting recipe. Thanks for the input.

  8. Adelina says:

    Absolutely delightful- something new and a must try. Thanks Manjula Ji!

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