Madurai Kazhangu Pottalum

A popular potato preparation from Madurai is full of flavour. Mashed potatoes, cooked with some aromatic ingredients, is extremely delicious. It is served wrapped in banana leaves usually with curd rice.

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Madurai Kazhangu Pottalum

Main ingredients Potatoes, Banana leaves, Sesame oil, Fennel seeds, Curry leaves, Ginger, Garlic, Onion, Green chillies, Gram flour, Sugar, Fresh coriander leaves
Cuisine Tamil Nadu
Course Main course Vegetarian
Prep time 15-20 minutes
Cook time 10-15 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Savoury
Level of cooking Easy
Others Vegetarian


  • 3 medium potatoes (kazhangu), boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 2-3 banana leaves, cut into 6 x 4 inches rectangles
  • 1½ tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1½ teaspoons fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon gram flour (besan)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • Curd rice to serve


  1. Heat sesame oil in a kadai, add fennel seeds, curry leaves, ginger and garlic, mix and sauté on medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add onion, mix and sauté till translucent. Add green chillies, salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder, mix and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add gram flour, mix and continue to sauté for 2-3 minutes.  Add 2-3 tablespoons water and mix well.
  4. Add potatoes and mix till well combined. Add sugar, mix and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add coriander leaves and mix well. Switch the heat off.
  6. Place a portion of the potato mixture on individual banana leaves and wrap it into a parcel. This is a pottalum.
  7. Serve with curd rice. Open the banana leaves before serving.