Friday, July 23, 2010

Batata Song (Potatoes in a spicy Konkani gravy)

Batata stands for potato, but what about song? I wonder whether there is any word called 'Song' in Konkani. There might be several explanations for such a weird name. But the one that I am aware of is that, one starts singing 'SSSsuuu SSSsuuuu SSSuuu' after savouring this red chilli laden dish. One could decrease the spice level, but it wouldn't justify the name. There are two versions of Batata song, one is prepared with freshly ground masala and the other with powdered spices. I love both (coz I am a spice freak). The current one goes well with dosas. I make it along with Neer Dosa or Pan Polo (will blog it soon) for a heavenly breakfast.

Potatoes - 4, medium sized, boiled, peeled and diced
Onions - 3 medium sized, diced
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste

For masala:
Coconut - 1/2, grated
Red chillied - 10-12, or as per spice level
Coriander - 1 tbsp
Tamarind - lemon sized ball


1. Dry roast the ingredients called for masala except tamarind and grind on cooling with little bit of water.
2. Heat oil in a pan and saute the chopped onion till translucent.
3. Then add the ground masala and saute till oil oozes out from the sides.
4. Add the boiled diced potato pieces and salt.
5. Add 2 cups water or more if your require a thicker gravy. Boil till potatoes are well blended with the aromatic masala.
6. Have it as a side dish with dosas, Indian bread or rice.

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  1. Yum...! wat a delicious recipe...
    Very much impressed with your presentation seema.

  2. potato gravy looks so yummy ... u have a nice collection of recipes ... its very interesting what happens two of different cultures get married... one thing for sure is a fusion of culture.. and culture begins with food in india..i can see that in ur recipes : )

    first time to ur blog ... happy to find u ... if u get time do visit my blog


  3. Jay - Thanks. I feel I still need to improve my presentation skills. Do advise me so that I can better my skills.

    Priya - Thanks you.

    Satya - Very glad to know you liked my set of recipes. Just visited your blog and had a glimpse through the recent recipes. You have an awesome collection. Nice to see that you are participating in several blog events actively. Am following you...


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