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Urulai Fry (Alu Fry) – Potatoes flavoured with spices and finished in the Oven.

Urulai Fry.
Urulai Fry.

My husband got a huge bag of golden potatoes from the Indian store demandng me to make his favourite alu fry. These were the smaller golden potatoes with very thin skin which cooks pretty fast. So I got around to making it and I always start by pre-cooking it forΒ  one whistle in the pressure cooker, lightly sauteing it in the pan and then broiling it in the oven. It`s fast, easy and very very original.


8-9 Medium to Small Potatoes.

Pinch of Turmeric.


1 spoon of Red Chilli Powder.



Oil, Mustard, Broken Urad Dhal and curry leaves.


  • Peel the skin off all the potatoes and drop them in a vessel with a little water and salt and cook them for JUST ONE WHISTLE in the pressure cooker. Remove the cooker from the electric plate and keep in a cool place.
  • When the water is drained and the potatoes cooled, chop them in to big 1Β  inch pieces and set aside.
  • In a kadai, add 3 spoons of oil and when hot, add mustard, urad dhal and the curry leaves and a pinch of hing and then immediately the pieces of potatoes.
  • Add requisite salt, turmeric, red chilli powder and stir well.
  • Cook till the salt and the spices are well flavoured on the potatoes.
  • After about ten to fifteen minutes switch off the stove.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 F and grease an oven proof dish with oil spray and pop the potatoes in it.
  • Place the potatoes inside the oven for 3-4 minutes.
  • Now turn the setting to BROIL and allow it to broil for exactly 1 1/2 minutes.
  • Take out the potatoes, give it a stir so that the potaotes below come up.
  • Serve sizzling hot with Paruppu Urundai Kozhambu and Pumpkin Kootu.


The option of broiling in oven is to cut back on the oil consumed in getting the “fried” taste and texture. It can be completely cooked on the stove top, on medium flame , adding oil now and then.


15 thoughts on “Urulai Fry (Alu Fry) – Potatoes flavoured with spices and finished in the Oven.

  1. hi shoba,
    ur blog is very beautiful I must say!love the aloo fry I too make it the same way, but the oven tip is really a good one shall keep the tip in mind πŸ™‚ lovely snaps like the clarity n brightness.

  2. hi shoba,

    Tried out today & came out well…loved the oven cooking part of it..

    Junior R who doesn’t prefer eating spicy loved this crispy fry…

  3. Broiling saves us time , isnt it.. Surely try that next time im making potatoes.. Btw, i cook the potatoes the exactly the same way only replacing hing with beaten whole garlic.. Love the pic.. beautifully captured Simple Potato Fry!

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