Rice With Julienned Potatoes

Total Time
Prep 35 mins
Cook 25 mins

Seasoned fried potato sticks cooked together with rice? Sounded strange to me at first, but it is really good. Another well-liked dish from my favorite book on Indian cooking, Yamunda Devi's " The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking". Serve with a tomato dish and salted yoghurt for a vegetarian meal.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. NOTE: Use smaller amount of water for firm rice, larger amount for softer rice.
  2. Start defrosting peas. Cut potatoes into 4 x 1/2 x 1/2 inch sticks. Stir together yoghurt, ginger, chili, parsley and coconut in a medium bowl, drop in potato sticks and mix to coat. Let marinate while assembling the other ingredients.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet with a tight fitting lid over medium high heat. Add cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf ( if fresh it might splutter!), and cook until cumin has turned several shades darker to a reddish brown color, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add potatoes with the yoghurt to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown on all sides, about 10- 15 minutes.
  5. Add rice, fry for another minute, until rice is evenly coated with oil, add turmeric, water, sugar, salt and lime juice. Stir and bring to a boil, cover tightly and reduce heat immediately to very low. Let cook undisturbed for 15 minutes.
  6. Add peas without stirring, cover again and cook 5 minutes longer. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, mixing in peas, re-cover. Let rest another 5 minutes to firm up rice grains. Add butter and fluff again until butter is mixed through. Serve garnished with lime wedges.
Most Helpful

This was sooo good. There was tonz of flavor! I too though had to use red chili powder beause I didn not have chili peppers.

bananabreadeater April 05, 2011

Ahhh, I totally love this rice and potatoes dish. I had this alongwith Mom for dinner tonight and we both enjoyed it alot. The flavour of this rice is incredible and the appearance most tempting! I have quite alot of grated coconut on hand and in my quest for recipes to use it up, I decided to try this and I'm so glad I did because this is excellent! I served this with Puneri dal(Puneri Dal (Yellow Lentils Pune-Style)). For the rice, I substituted the butter with ghee and for the potatoes, I used a tsp. of red chilli powder instead of the chilli peppers and fresh mint leaves instead of parsley or corriander as I did not have both of those on hand. Mint made this oh so flavourful! You really must try this with mint leaves. This will be a regular on our table. Thank you for sharing such a nice recipe!

Charishma_Ramchandani January 07, 2006

This was wonderful. I was dubious about whether it would actually be a meal in itself but it was so (full)filling and satisfying. It had a "different" flavor from most dishes I have eaten but I LOVED it!!!

RecipeTsarina October 02, 2005