Dec 1, 2006

Batate Song (Spicy Potato Curry)

Batate Song
Batate Song served with chapathi

Batate Song is the spicy potato curry very authentic to Konkani cuisine. Its usually made with rice and dalitoy, so that the blandness of the dal is well balanced with the spicy song.

2 medium potatoes
2 medium onions
4 red chillies or 1 tsp chilli powder
1 inch cube tamarind
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp oil

Chop onions into cubes. Boil whole potatoes, peel and chop into cubes. Soak tamarind in a little water, squeeze the pulp and discard fiber.
If using whole red chillies, roast them in oil and grind along with tamarind into a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a kadai/wok, splutter mustard seeds, add onion and fry till they are wilted. Do not brown the onions.
If you opted to use whole chillies add the chilli-tamarind paste.
If you opted for chilli powder, add the chilli powder to the onions and fry till aromatic. Add the tamarind pulp.
Add salt and 1/2 cup water, bring it to a boil. Add chopped potatoes and simmer on medium flame.

Serve with rice and dal or chapathi.

You may also add peas or cauliflower to the song. But authentic batate song has only onion and potatoes in it.


Shilpa said...

Adding mustard seeds to batate song is very new to me. Batate song is one of my favorites too :).

Asha said...

Gorgeous color!! YUM!!! I will try this recipe.Looks delish:))

Anonymous said...


I tried the batata song & was a delicious side dish to chappathies.Thanks for the recipe.


Manjula said...

Hi Shilpa, Asha and Kate,

Thanks for the comments.

Glad u liked the recipe. Hope this will bring u back for more


Seema Bhat said...

You just don't know how much i love konkani food. I am from m'lore and man miss all the konkani food so much. We had a lot of konkani neighbors and we used to exchange food a lot and man konkani pathrode's, cabbage khara dose, song ane all my fav. Manjula i am adding your link in my blog so i dont miss out any of your konkani style recipes. Hope you dont mind.

Manjula said...

Hi Seema,
Glad to know you are a Konkani cuisine fan. Just visited ur Recipe Junction. Good one

Anonymous said...

Tried this....its easy and tasty...thanks

Manjula said...

Hi Nayak Mayi,

Thanks for your valuable response


goldie said...

hi manjula,
i am a konkani too..... shanbhag.
well just a suggetion hope u dont mind.
well instead of normal oil use coconut oil... it makes it so much better and ever sooo yummy.....
lemme know what u think!!

Manjula said...

Hi goldie,
Yeah, I totally agree with you. Coconut oil is for Konkani cuisine like olive for Italian!
Guess I forgot to mention that while posting.

Unknown said...


I think there's nothing like Konkani food!!!!

Could you please post...Chanya Ghashi and Patrado!!!!!



Ranjit Pai said...

Simple and yummy recipe. I am posting link on FB if you do not mind and may I suggest a FB button on your blog, will really help reach out to a lot more people.


Manjula said...

Hi Ranjit,

Thank you for your suggestion. It took me a while to get it right. But I have fb, tweet & much more buttons now.


manjunath prabhu said...

haw prepare kelle :) It was so good.. thanks for the tasty recipe :)

manjunath prabhu said...

It was so good.. Haw prepare kelle :) Thanks for the yummy recipe