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Sri Lankan Deviled Potatoes “Ala Thel Dala”

Srilankan Deviled Potatoes Ala Thel Dala @RunninSrilankan

With their never-failing ability to calm my brain and my belly, potatoes are the ultimate comfort food to me.
And, they are so versatile! My mom often uses potatoes as a thickener in curries; and sometimes to make “potato toffee” with condensed milk and cardamom. And, while her tuna and potato cutlets have never met someone who didn’t love them – my all time favorite way to enjoy potatoes is in her “Ala Thel Dala”.

Now, even though I spent my early years in Sri Lanka, I don’t remember much “Sinhalese” as we spoke English at home. But, the few words and phrases I do seem to remember are related in some way to food – go figure huh?! So “Ala Thel Dala”, basically means “potatoes fried in oil”. Some Sri lankans also refer to this potatoes cooked this was as “deviled potatoes”.

Now, just as potatoes can be cooked and enjoyed a million different ways, “Ala Thel Dala” can also be made a million different ways. The most common way is to roast the potatoes in oil and spices – on the stovetop. But, this can also be made by baking the potatoes with spices so they get super crispy and the spices are transformed.

Ala Thel Dala Grilled-Packets @RunninSrilankan

Today however, I have made “Ala Thel Dala” by placing potatoes and spices and oil in little aluminium foil packets. You know that aroma of cumin, coriander, and paprika that floods your house when you are cooking or baking with them? Well, all that flavor is trapped in these little packets – saturating the potatoes with flavor and …oooh…when you open these packets up…get ready for the best smelling potatoes ever!

Spicy Deviled Potatoes

When the Recipe Redux announced that “Back to the Dinner Table: was the theme for their members for this month, I figured I would share this favorite dish from my childhood that is a favorite in our home even now…hoping it becomes a favorite in your home too…

Srilankan Devilled Potatoes Ala Thel Dala @RunninSrilankan

Sri Lankan Deviled Potatoes "Ala Thel Dala"

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Delicious, tender, spiced potatoes that are belly and brain comforting!

Ingredients

  • 3 large potatoes cubed
  • 1 onion chopped up
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the grill
  2. Add ALL the ingredients to a bowl and mix them well
  3. Divide among 4 pieces of foil
  4. Fold edges well and place on grill for 35 - 40 minutes
  5. *When you pull packets out, keep in mind that when the packets are opened, the steam will be very hot
  6. ** Also, these packets ca be baked at 400 degrees for about 30-35 minutes.

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Mrs SAHM

Monday 14th of September 2015

Amazing recipe! I tried it and it was delicious! Thanks again for a great and homey recipe.

AWellBalancedPlate

Friday 4th of September 2015

This look delicious! I can not wait to try them out. I may just add a bit of chicken and cauliflower into the mixture and have just that for dinner.

spicedblog

Monday 24th of August 2015

Wow, these potatoes sound delicious, Shashi! I also love that they can be made on the grill. With winter coming next week up here (haha...I kid!), I'm looking for all sorts of ways to get some good grillin' in. These potatoes just landed squarely on my list! I hope you and lil S had an awesome weekend! :-)

Shashi

Tuesday 25th of August 2015

I am behind with comment replies - but, I sure hope you and Mrs had a wonderful weekend too! BTW - I was checking out the forecast down here for the rest of the week and Wednesday, our lows are supposed to be in the 50's!!! Blech!

Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

Monday 24th of August 2015

I love everything made with potatoes. So a BIG yes to this awesome looking spicy and mouth-watering potato platter. Super YUM!

Shashi

Tuesday 25th of August 2015

Thanks so much Anu!

Tandy | Lavender and Lime

Monday 24th of August 2015

These look delicious. But I am more interested in learning about potato toffee which I have never heard of before :)

Shashi

Tuesday 25th of August 2015

Thanks Tandy! Potato toffee is a Sri Lankan sweet - I have been trying to get it right - but have been failing so far...one of these days hopefully I will nail it and then I will post it! :)