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A white ceramic platter with smashed potato salad with curry leaf dressing and a fork on a black background.
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Smashed Potato Salad with Turmeric and Curry Leaf Dressing

This Smashed Potato Salad with a Turmeric and Curry Leaf Dressing is bright, lemony and vibrant, and it is infused with good health. It's the perfect side dish for a picnic or for a dinner at home. A vegan, soy-free, gluten-free and nut-free recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian fusion, nut-free, Soy-free
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Smashed Potato Salad with Turmeric Curry Leaf Dressing
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 235kcal


  • 20 new potatoes or small potatoes
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil (coconut oil is great for this, but if you prefer not to use it, use any other vegetable oil, like peanut oil or avocado)
  • 2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 20-30 curry leaves (stack four or five curry leaves at a time, roll them up and shred them into ribbons with a knife)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 medium jalapeno (deseeded if hot and thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Salt to taste


  • Place the potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water by an inch, bring to a boil, cover and let the potatoes cook 10 minutes or until a knife pierced in the center of a potato goes through cleanly. Remove the potatoes from the heat, drain, and reserve.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • On a baking sheet lined with parchment or coated with cooking spray, place the potatoes an inch apart. Using your fingers or the heel of your hand or a fork, smash each potato, using just enough force so the potato flattens but holds together in a single piece.
  • Place the potatoes in the oven and bake for 45 minutes, turning the potatoes over once halfway. After the potatoes have cooked, remove them to a bowl.
  • In a small skillet, heat the oil. Add the mustard seeds and, when they sputter, add the jalapeno, curry leaves and turmeric. Stir-fry for a minute or two until the curry leaves become crispy.
  • Turn off the heat, and pour the seasoned oil and all of the seasonings over the potatoes, then add the lemon juice. Use salad spoons or two ladles to toss the potatoes with the dressing.
  • Serve immediately or at room temperature.


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Potassium: 982mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 132mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg