Devilled Potato (Ala Baduma)

…made with all the right ingredients and TLC, this is festive food. One of my mother’s specialties!


Devilled Potatoes (Ala Baduma)


250g new potatoes (boiled)

150g red onions (sliced)

2 sprigs curry leaves

3 green chillies (chopped)

1 teaspoon dry chillies (crushed)

Juice of ½ lime

½ teaspoon salt

3 cardamom pods

1 small stick of cinnamon

2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil (for frying)

(optional: add some Maldive fish)


  • Boil, skin and cut the potatoes in two
  • Heat the oil and add the chopped cardamon, cinnamon, curry leaves and red onions
  • When half fried, add the green chillies, crushed chillies and salt
  • When the onion is cooked, add the boiled potatoes and mix well
  • Fry on a low heat for three minutes
  • Remove from the heat, mix well and add the lime juice
  • Serve with rice or pitta bread

If beef’s the king of meat, potato’s the queen of the garden world (Irish Saying)

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