Nov 27, 2006
Batate Gojju (Konkani Style Potato Salad)
Batate Gojju is a classic Konkani Potato Salad. The blandness of the potatoes is well spiced with chillies, tamarind and a dash of hing. The hing rules the flavor in this dish.
2-3 medium size potatoes
4 green chillies
small piece tamarind
1/4 tsp hing powder or small piece solid hing
1 tsp oil
1 sprig curry leaves
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp urad dal, optional
2 dry red chillies
Boil potatoes in enough water. Peel the skin and mash it. Leave some small lumps of potatoes. Microwaved potatoes do not yield good results, so I recommend you to cook the potatoes in a pressure cooker with enough water.
Soak tamarind and extract pulp. Add to the potatoes.
Finely chop green chillies. In a mortar and pestle, crush together green chillies and a tsp of salt. Add to the mashed potatoes. Dissolve hing in a tsp of water and mix well. Add little water and bring it to the semi solid consistency.
Make a seasoning of mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves and broken red chillies, add to the potatoes.
Serve with rice and dal or chapathi.