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Potato & Salmon Dry Curry

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These days, the word curry (which was supposedly coined by the British after being exposed to Kari in India in the 18th century) is used to describe most sauce-filled, spice-tinged dishes. When I was a youngster, my mom had two distinct types of curries she served us with rice or roti. One was saucy like this Potato and Cashew Curry and the other was simply less saucy – more dry, like this Ala Thel Dala. Now, both types of my mom’s curries had similar spices in them, and, no matter it they were fish or meat based, they would always contain potatoes because potatoes are one of Mother Nature’s best-kept secrets – right?!

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As I’ve gotten older, I have come to adore dry curries. In my humble opinion, they don’t have to be paired with rice or roti. They are perfect alone or on a bed of broccoli slaw – like you see here. This spiced Potato & Salmon Dry Curry is my jam! Or rather – was my jam as it’s all gone now!

I whipped this up last Friday after my daughter and I got back from our gazillionth trip to the University of Georgia. While potatoes usually take some time to cook up, I cut their cooking time down significantly by chopping them and microwaving them first while I prepared a spicy dry rub. I used the dry rub to coat the salmon with before sauteing it with the holy trinity of Sri Lankan cuisine – onions, garlic, and ginger. Then I added some tomato paste and a tad bit of coconut milk to the remaining dry rub spices; dropped the cooked potatoes into the coconut-tomato-spice mix and then added that to the salmon. And, this intoxicatingly aromatic and tasty dinner was done in 30 minutes!

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No matter if you like your potatoes with a steak or in a Salmon dry curry, did you know that one medium potato can provide you with 45% of your daily value of vitamin C and more potassium than a banana and has only 110 calories?


Potatoes USA is the nation’s potato marketing organization. They provide inspiration, information, tools and education to potato lovers all over the world, so please connect with them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, and get to experimenting with the versatile potato by first trying them in this Potato & Salmon Curry ~ trust me, your senses will not be disappointed! 

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Potato & Salmon Curry

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Shashi
A spicy, nourishing, sensory scintillating, Potato & Salmon Dry Curry that is ready in 30 minutes!


  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • 1 large potato cubed
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 lb salmon cut into 6 or so pieces
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • Olive oil


  • Add cubed potato to a microwave safe bowl, drizzle a bit of water on it and microwave for 5 minutes
  • While potato is cooking in microwave, add olive oil to coat a pan and place over a medium flame
  • Add the onion and saute for about 5 minutes, then add in the ginger and garlic and let saute for about 2 minutes
  • Meanwhile, mix the paprika, garam masala, turmeric, coriander, chili powder, salt and pepper to a bowl
  • Add salmon pieces to bowl with spices and toss to coat
  • Then place salmon in the pan with the onions, garlic and ginger and cook 4 minutes
  • To the bowl with the remaining spices, add tomato paste and coconut milk and toss cooked potatoes into it
  • Returning back to the pan with the salmon, flip salmon pieces over and add in the spiced potatoes
  • Cover and let salmon and potatoes cook for about 4 more minutes
  • Serve over broccoli slaw with avocados and lemon/lime and cilantro


• Calories 324 • Fat 19.2g (Sat fat 6.6) • Sodium 484 mg • Cholesterol 41.6mg • Carbohydrates 21g • Fiber 3.7g • Protein 19g • Potassium • Sugar 5g
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  1. […] But, when I make a thicker curry where the curry seems to embrace and latch onto whatever veggie or meat it surrounds, well, those times I feel like I don’t even need any rice or roti. When I find a thick curry on my plate, I like to grab a spoon and dive right in! Or, serve that dry-curry on a bed of greens like I did with this Potato and Salmon Dry Curry. […]

  2. Paul Hayes says:

    Looks so good – such a great combination of flavours! I’m going to pin this to try out over the holidays.

  3. potatoes and curry! you speak my foodie love language!! Can i come over for some?

  4. Ala says:

    This. Is. Awesome!!! I love the tutorial and absolutely love everything about this post. Serve me up some curry, please!

  5. Dry curries are so flavorful and clean up up is much easier too. Loving the spice mixture and I would never thought to serve it on broccoli slaw, that is brilliant. I am craving curry every day it is this damper cooler weather. My eldest boy loves vindavaloo but I am more of a Thai curry girl. However this simple but salmon potato curry has sparked my interest! Sharing!

    • Shashi says:

      Oh my gawsh!!! Bobbi – I love vindaloo, just like your eldest! I could eat it without rice or naan or anything else – but never tried making it – thanks for inspiring me to give it a go soon and thanks for your sweet words, my friend!

  6. I love this idea! I’ve never done a dry curry!

  7. Ashley says:

    Oh man, this looks so flavorful! And that broccoli slaw base???? Potatoes are such comfort food for me – especially now that the weather has finally cooled down!

  8. AHHH! Your billionth trip to UGA?! Did you know that is where I wanted to go to school?! But I had a full scholarship to FSU, so I ended up going there instead. BUT UGA remains one of my favorite college football teams! GO DAWGS! 🙂 Anyways, I LOVE curry, it doesn’t matter to me what type it is.. as long as it gets in my belleh! So this curry is totally calling my name! Taters and salmon curry on top of some broccoli slaw looks like dinner time perfection to me! Do you deliver? 😉 Cheers mi-dear! xoxo

    • Shashi says:

      Seriously??? I did not know you were an UGA fan! Cheyanne, I must apologize if I might have missed that tidbit from your posts. By the way – you bet I can deliver – I’ll bring the slaw and dry curry, you have that Cinnamon Cream Cheese Fille Apple Bread/Cake ready for dessert? 🙂
      Hoping your weekend is as fantastic as you are, sweet friend! xoxo

  9. Ben Maclain says:

    I discovered curry only around 6 years ago, and I haven’t been making it often – mostly with chicken. The spices used in curry, are a little overpowering to me, I guess. But you know what? This salmon looks fantastic and makes me want this dish right now. If I continue staring at the pictures, do you think there’s any hope this salmon appears right on my desk?:)

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – lol – Ben – if only mind teleportation could work – ten you’d have this on your desk for sure! Ben, my mom makes a mild curry – without too many spices, some of my friends have a hard time with spices too but they love her mild curries with mostly turmeric (it soothes the belly) – one day I must post my version of her mild curries. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

  10. This looks incredibly delicious and beautiful!

  11. This curry looks so good! Love that you served it on a bed of broccoli slaw!

  12. I’ve really come to appreciate dry curries too. Almost never serve them with rice; sometimes with naan or roti. But you’re right — they’re good all by themselves. This looks like my kind of dish — thanks.

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much John! My daughter polished off the last bit of this dry curry with naan and would agree wholeheartedly with you that it’s a wonderful accompaniment.

  13. So why a gazillion trips to UGA? I mean I know that road quite well…and I think my old car could drive the ATL-Athens trip by itself. But still. Lil Shashi is coming up to our area next year, so that’s all that needs to be said. 🙂 Love this dish, my friend. Curry is such a strange word as it can be used to describe so many different things. Forget the rest, though! I just want this…with all the potatoes. Yum!! 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – your comment made me chuckle! David, Lil Shashi got an invite to attend this day-long thing at UGA – and (you might want to shield your eyes from this next bit) but, she said after that program, she likes the school a bit more than she did before! Score!
      Thanks so much, friend – here’s hoping your weekend is filled with all things delicious!

  14. This is a lovely dry curry Shashi! I did not know about the British and Kari – glad you got me eddicated. 🙂 I’ve never had a curry with salmon – but wow. Looks great and I’m loving that bed of broccoli slaw. Potatoes are so versatile and we go through a big bag weekly around here! Great post!

    • Shashi says:

      Hahaha! Allie, I’m still eddicating myself too! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. Guess what today is – YAYYYYYY – It’s FRIYAY!!!! Even though I’ve started working from home, I still get giddy when the weekend approaches – I hope this is a wonderful one for ya and you are able to get back in the swing of things – if you want to that is 🙂 xoxo

  15. Wow, what an awesome curry. I am a big fan all things salmon but I have never tried anything like this. Bookmarking!

  16. This looks incredible! I love spices like this on my salmon.. and I hadn’t thought of serving it over slaw. How tasty!!!!

  17. I love the flavors in this dish! Well done!

  18. What gorgeous photos!! I’m dying to try this soon!

  19. Potatoes and salmon…and curried? I’m all for it!

  20. Taylor Kiser says:

    This looks so healthy and delicious! Love the dry curry on the salmon, those potatoes, and that bed of broccoli slaw. I love it all! haha! Need this for dinner very soon!

    • Shashi says:

      Yes, yes! Speaking of need – I need to make more – come on over and grab a plate for dinner, my friend 🙂
      Thanks bunches and happy FriYAY to ya!

  21. Ludmilla says:

    This dish looks delicious!! Such a healthy and comfort food at the same time! Looks delicious.

  22. This looks so good! I love the bed of broccoli slaw too – what a great alternative to rice.