Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bateta nu Shaak(potato veggie)

This is the first vegetable that I learnt to make as a kid when I was 9 years old from my mom:) I had my winter vacation from school, and I had the cooking kicks, and decided to make something new every day of the 2 week vacation! First recipe that I tried was bateta nu shaak. Didn't turn out good, ofcourse ;) But it does NOW :P Its every Gujarati's comfort vegetable, and it goes great with theplas. We used to have methi theplas with this vegetable, and Raj loves it too! How can one NOT like this vegetable, with the thepla combination!? YUM!!


4 medium potatoes peeled and diced into cubes
3 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon cumin
5-6 curry leaves
a pinch of asafoetida
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 green chilly finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon chilly powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 tomato finely chopped
salt to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
cilantro to garnish


In a deep pan, at medium heat, put in the vegetable oil, wait for a minute for it to heat up, and then add in the cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves. Let the seeds splatter, and then add in the garlic, and green chilly. Add in the potatoes and saute it for a minute. Then add in the water, and all the masalas like chilly powder, turmeric powder, coridander powder, garam masala, and salt and tomato, and let it cook until the water reduces to the level of the potatoes. The water helps the potatoes to cook and soften, and get the flavor from the masalas.

Insert a fork through a potato piece and it should be really soft and break easily, that is the consistency you are looking for.

Garnish this dish with chopped cilantro. And its ready to eat with rotis or theplas! :)

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