Sri Lankan Tempered Potatoes (Ala Thel Dhala)

Sri Lankan Tempered Potatoes (Ala Thel Dhala)

"Tender & succulent potato dish with a hint of tropical spices. Ideal for any occasion, can be served with steamed rice or garlic bread."

Prep Time

10 Min

Cook Time

15 Min

Ready In

25 Min







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  • 6 Medium Potatoes (boiled, cut into cubes)

    • 1 Onion (sliced)

      • 3 Clove Garlic (sliced)

        • 1 Medium slice(s) Pandan Leaves (2 Inches)

          • 4 Teaspoon Maldive fish (optional)

            • 2 Teaspoon Chilli flakes

              • 1/2 Chilli powder

                • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric

                  • 6 Small Dried Red Chilies (optional)

                    • 2 Tablespoon Oil

                      • 1 Cinnamon piece (optional)

                        • 5 Curry leaves

                          • 1 Teaspoon Salt (to taste)

                            • 1 Teaspoon Mustard seeds


Step 1
Heat the oil in a sause pan.
Step 2
when oil is hot add mustard seeds and let it pop up atleast 3 minutes.
Step 3
Then add onion, garlic, pandan leaves, chilli flakes, small dried red chilies, cinnamon stick and curry leaves.
Step 4
Fry it for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
Step 5
Meanwhile rub the tumeric and chilli powder with potatoes.
Step 6
When the onion mixture is brown add potatoes into onion mixture.
Step 7
Mix onion and potatoes well. Keep it on heat nearly 2 to 3 minutes.
Step 8
Add salt to taste. Serve with rice.


  1. anne

    Wonderful recipe, the second time around I got the taste & texture right. I love this dish since then, it’s absolutely fab with pita bread !

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