Bateta Nu Shak (Potato Curry)

This is an all time classic and a favourite in every Gujarati household. This particular recipe is one handed down to me by my mum and goes down on any occasion. You can have this as a main or an accompaniment to other dishes. Have it with thepla, poori, bhakhri or even rotli.

Bateta Nu Shak (Potato Curry)

  • Servings: 3-4 people
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients
3-4 large potatoes, cubed
2 tblsp sunflower oil
4-5 Neem (limdo) leaves
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
Pinch of asafetida
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 1/2 cumin-coriander powder
1 1/2 teaspoons red chilli powder
1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
2 teaspoons salt
Jaggery (optional and to taste)
3-4 tomatoes or half can chopped tomatoes
250-300ml water

Method

  1. Chop the potatoes into medium size cubes, wash and set aside.

    Chopped Potatoes
    Chopped Potatoes
  2. Heat sunflower oil in a large pan and add limdo, cumin seeds and asafetida. Allow these to crackle for a few seconds then remove from heat.

    Tempering with limdo, cumin seeds and asafetida
  3. Add cubed potatoes and stir well.

    Potatoes added to tempering
    Potatoes added to tempering
  4. Add spices and salt. Mix well, coating potatoes entirely with spice mixture.
    Spices and salt added to potatoes
    Spices and salt added to potatoes

    Spices mixed in with potatoes
    Spices mixed in with potatoes
  5. Add fresh tomatoes or canned chopped tomatoes and stir into potatoes. On this occasion, I have used canned chopped tomatoes. I’ve used a small amount as most canned chopped tomatoes contain citric acid, which can make the curry slightly tangy. Add jaggery at this stage if using, this will give the curry a slightly sweeter taste.

    Tomatoes added to potatoes
    Tomatoes added to potatoes
  6. Add water to the curry as required, ensuring it just covers the potatoes. Add Return pan to a low heat and stir occasionally. The low heat will gently heat the liquid and allow the potatoes to absorb the spices without burning them.

    Water added to potatoes.
    Water added to potatoes.
  7. Once the water content begins to decrease the potatoes will soften and break when pressed gently. Remove from heat, garnish with coriander and serve.  
    Bateta Nu Shak (Potato Curry)
    Bateta Nu Shak (Potato Curry)

This is a lovely wholesome curry. Enjoy and let me know how it tastes.

Best Wishes,

Krishna

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