Dry Potato Bhaji (curry) and Potato Sandwich

Things have been pretty hectic and crazy both on the home and work front. The New Year has begun and new projects, meetings, deadlines keep piling up. I am also preparing for our upcoming trip to India this weekend and we are all very excited and looking forward to that.

 It was one of those Saturdays when I did not have the mood cook anything elaborate. The weather was pretty good for cold wintery days and I mostly spent my time cleaning and doing other sundry chores at home. We were invited to a friend’s place for dinner in the evening and so wanted to push off the afternoon by making something light and easy. Since it was the weekend the fridge was almost empty except for some potatoes and onions. It did not take me a long time to decide to make this quick and easy ‘Dry Potato Bhaji’.

 This Potato Bhaji is versatile and can be used as accompaniment with Rotis/Phulkas and yummy Pooris. This is the potato Bhaji is used as a filling in Dosas for making ‘Masala Dosa. Now that I think about it, growing up in Bangalore this Bhaji along with Pooris and chutney used to be our breakfast on Sunday mornings.

 This time I took a different approach and used the bhaji to make the stuffing for a Potato sandwich. This can be eaten as is or along with ketchup to make a delicious light meal by itself.




  • 1 big potato (peeled and boiled)
  • 3/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 2-3 green chillies  slit(as per taste)
  • 1 Tbsp urad daal
  • 2-3 grated garlic (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp grated ginger
  • Chopped coriander for garnishing
  • Turmeric
  • Juice of a lemon
  • ½ cup shredded coconut (optional)
  • Curry leaves
  • Mustard seeds
  • Cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil




  • 2 bread slices ( I used whole wheat)
  • oil




  • Mash the potato using a potato masher or the back of a spoon. If there are small lumps that is fine. Keep aside.
  • Heat a heavy bottom pan, add oil. Then add mustard seeds, jeera seeds and allow it to splutter.
  • Next add curry leaves, grated garlic and mix well. Add the urad daal until tit slightly browns.
  • Add the chopped onions along with slit green chillies, salt and sauté until the onions have turned transparent.
  • Add turmeric and mashed potato and mix thoroughly. Keep covered for a minute or so. Check for seasonings and adjust taste accordingly.
  • Add the grated ginger and shredded coconut (optional). Coconut removes the dryness from the dry curry.
  • Finally add the juice of lemon and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.




  • The sandwich can be made in a sandwich maker. But I prepared it on the stove top.
  • Take a flat griddle and heat it well brushing it with little oil. Place the bread slices and add little oil to the sides. Allow it to brown on all sides.
  • Add a big spoonful of potato curry on top of one of the bread. Spread evenly and then place the other bread over the top. Press this together and let it stay for 30 secs or so. Turn on the other side as well. Make sure it does not brown or black .Serve hot!

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  1. anudivya says:

    It is like you said a pretty versatile stuffing or side, and I personally like them the best with puris and sandwiches. Upcoming trip to India? Sigh! Have a fun time… sorry to be selfish, but hope you will be back soon!

  2. Asha says:

    Kids love these, sandwich maker gives them a great design on top. Great snack, send it to EFM-Savories! 🙂

    Have a safe and wonderful trip to India, see you when you come back.

  3. RedChillies says:

    Thank you all very much for the warm wishes. We will be leaving this Saturday and will be there for 4 weeks.

    Arundati, We will be going to Bangalore, Mysore and Manipal.Looking forward to that.

  4. Soma says:

    Nothing can beat shukha alu & poori:-) (now this is going to be our brunch this weekend).. All my dry alu subzi goes into sandwiches the next day.

    supriya, have a fun trip! Relax, rejuvenate & come back fresh to share more..

  5. CurryLeaf says:

    Perfect for breakfast or anytime for me.
    Have a safe trip and come back with more and more recipes.I too will be returning to India soon.Take care

  6. madhu says:

    Hey Rc,
    Aloo playa looking yummy, poori palya chutney is the awesome combo…I to make sandwiches a lot. very easy and satisfying.
    Have a safe and fun trip back home…

  7. Alka says:

    Hey ya, i simply adore this versatile Sookhi Bhaaji,and use the same in toasters,tikkis,dosas and as u mentioned it taste heavenly with pooris too
    Looks lovely as usual
    And i wish u a very happy and safe journey,hope the whole family enjoys this trip and u guys take back some wonderful memories from here 🙂

  8. Laavanya says:

    I love this kind of potato fillings for sandwich.. add some tomato to mine as well.. but never tried with coconut. Looks great. Enjoy your trip home.

  9. indosungod says:

    This is a quick dish to please anybody. DD just loves this with dosai and puris might come first but I don’t make them often enough.

    Have a great time RC.

  10. PG says:

    delicious recipe! my mouth is watering and i’m wondering why, as my tummy is quite full! 😀
    sometimes we need suhc simple meals not only because of time shortage but also for a good change, isn’t it?

  11. Ujwal says:

    This is my all time fav..While hubby loves Poori bhaaji I love bread bhaaji. I usually make a little extra so that I can make some bread bhaaji with it…
    Going to India…Aaagh..I am missing home all the more now.. Have fun dear and enjoy your vacation.

  12. RedChillies says:

    Thank you all very much for the wishes and the warm comments. I am excited as I get to see my parents after a long time. Of course, I get to hoard on all the goodies as well 🙂

  13. Nithya says:

    Upcoming trip to India…wow am counting my days for my trip too:-) Have fun! Potato Bhaji looks great and with the bread its a perfect breakfast!

  14. AnamikaD says:

    An interesting sandwich. However, I think you want to cook on a griddle and not on a girdle (a piece of underwear worn to keep extra bits in place!)

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