Dec 28, 2010

Bateta Nu Shaak

Bateta Nu Shaak ( Spicy Potato fry - Gujarati cuisine )

A spicy side dish goes well with Rotis / Rice / Thepla

You will need

For the seasoning:

1 tablespoon oil
2 dried red chillies, broken into 2 pieces
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 pinches asafoetida ( hing )

Other ingredients:

4 medium sized potatoes, cut into 4 pieces each, without peeling
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
100 ml ( 1 cup ) water
1 tablespoon jaggery, crumbled
1 teaspoon tamarind paste or 3 teaspoon tamarind juice
Salt to taste ( or 3/4 teaspoon )
1 teaspoon chopped fresh coriander leaves


Heat oil in a wide frying pan / kadai. Add mustard seeds. When they begin to crackle, add cumin seeds and hing. Saute for 1 minute.

Add potato pieces and stir well. Add coriander powder and red chilli powder. Fry on a low heat for 2 - 3 minutes till the raw smell goes.

Add 100 ml water, tamarind paste / juice, jaggery and salt to taste. Mix all the ingredients well.

Cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 20 - 25 minutes ( stir occasionally ) or until done and all the spice mixture well coated on potatoes and water dries up.

Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and serve as a side dish with Rotis / Rice / Thepla.