Sri Lankan Chilli Potatoes Recipe

Sri Lankan Chilli Potatoes is a delicious recipe where Potatoes are tossed in a spicy Sri Lankan style masala - a perfect side dish for your weekday meal. You can also serve it as an appetiser.

Nithya Anantham
Sri Lankan Chilli Potatoes Recipe
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Sri Lankan meal comprises of rice, variety of veggies, sambals and meat dishes. Sri Lankan Chili Potatoes Recipe is one of the popular dishes prepared with boiled potatoes flavoured with cinnamon, garlic and hot red chilli flakes.

The dish is fairly hot and served along with mildly sices Sri Lankan Dhal and Rice. Traditionally dry Maldivian fish is used in this dish, however we are omitting it and making it a complete vegetarian.

Serve the Sri Lankan Chili Potatoes Recipe along with Kerala Matta Rice, Sri Lankan Dal, Sambol and Sri Lankan Chicken Curry for a delicious Sri Lankan inspired menu for the weekend lunch.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Sri Lankan Recipes such as

  1. Srilankan Style Sambol Recipe
  2. Srilankan Prawn Curry Recipe
  3. Sri Lankan Style Fried Egg Curry Recipe

Cuisine: Sri Lankan
Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegan
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

10 M

Total in

20 M


4 Servings


  • 500 grams Potatoes (Aloo) , boiled
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 8 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Onion , thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoons Red Chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Sri Lankan Chilli Potatoes Recipe

  1. To begin making the Sri Lankan Chili Potatoes Recipe, wash and pressure cook the potatoes for 2 whistles. Peel the skin and cut into big cubes and keep aside.

  2. Roughly pound the garlic cloves using a pestle and mortar and keep aside.

  3. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add cinnamon stick, mustard seeds, curry leaves and let it crackle.

  4. Add the pounded garlic and let its flavour infuse into the oil. Add the sliced onions and saute until it turns translucent.

  5. Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, red chili flakes and mix well. Now, add the boiled and cubed potatoes, season with salt and mix well.

  6. Let the potato mix slow cook with the spices for 10 minutes, occasionally keep stirring so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan. 

  7. Once the potates are fully coated with the spices and has come together, add in the lemon juice, mix well and turn off the heat.

  8. Serve the Sri Lankan Chili Potatoes Recipe along with Kerala Matta Rice, Sri Lankan DalSambol and Sri Lankan Chicken Curry for a delicious Sri Lankan inspired menu for the weekend lunch.