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Sri Lankan Ala Badun (Potatoes and Onions)
from Brian

This is a simple and straightforward recipe. It is non the less authentic. Serve with curry and boiled rice. For a real taste of Ceylon put some chutney and poppads on the table also some sliced bananas in lime juice. Wonderful.


  • 1 lb potato, peeled and boiled
  • 1/2 lb onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 6 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Cut the potatoes into bite sized pieces.

In a bowl mix the potato with the salt, turmeric, chilli powder, and the paprika powder.

Heat the oil in a heavy pan and fry the curry leaves for a few seconds, now add the onions, ground mustard seeds and the cinnamon, fry till the onions are golden.

Add the potato, and keep stirring till the onions are also golden and heated through.

Discard the cinnmon stick and sprinkle the curry with the lime juice.