Thursday, January 27, 2011

Batatyachi Bhaji / Potatoes in a yoghurt-peanut gravy

My cousin dropped in as a surprise on my birthday a week back and it was really the most pleasant surprise I've had in a long time...
She brought me a bag full of gifts and I realised that I still am so excited about opening gifts...growing older hasn't changed that, not as yet !

There were bamboo steamer baskets, that I was enquiring on my last visit to Bombay and she thoughtfully went hunting all around for it...Also got a very nice book on Marathi cuisine and this totally cute chocolate SMS...


This book called 'The Essential Marathi Cookbook' by Kaumudi Marathe has simple, easy to make authentic recipes...What I like best about this cuisine is the use of peanuts in a lot of dishes, which gives it a nice crunchy feel and also helps in thickening the gravy.

The regular batatyachi bhaji is a simple one with just the seasoning and dash of lemon juice. The peanuts and yoghurt addition was mentioned as a variation. Since we were having this with rotis, I decided to go ahead with the variation...Simple, delicious flavours and a great accompaniment with rotis

batatyachi bhaji

Recipe Source: The Essential Marathi Cookbook by Kaumudi Marathe

What you need -

2 large potatoes
2 small onions finely chopped
1 tsp salt
a pinch of sugar
1 1/2 tbsp powdered roasted peanuts
1/4 - 1/2 cup buttermilk/ yoghurt


2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 green chillies, sliced
6-8 curry leaves
a pinch of asafoetida/hing
1/4 tsp turmeric powder


1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

What you do with it -

Boil potatoes till well done. Peel and cut into cubes
Heat oil for seasoning. Add mustard seeds. Once they pop, add cumin, chillies and curry leaves. Stir in turmeric and asafoetida
Add the chopped onions and stir fry for 2-3 mins, till light brown
Mix in the peanut powder with the yoghurt and add along with the potatoes, to the seasoning
Reduce heat and let it simmer for 4-5 mins
Sprinkle salt and sugar and garnish with coriander leaves


Sayantani said...

belated Happy birthday Archana. the choco sms is a neat idea and a sure shot your simple alu curry. can have it anyday.

Nithya said...

Thats a lovely birthday gift and those chocolates are damn attractive :)

Dish looks fantastic too :)

Belated birthday wishes to you too :)

Priti said...

Belated birthday wishes to you ..hope you had a gud one ..chocolate looks so cute adn so the sabji ....

notyet100 said...

luv the chocolate sms pack
curry looks delicious,
belated birthday wishes to u

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Happy belated birthday dear. Love those chocolate arrangements. Very cute indeed.

Love the pic of your potato curry, bookmarking it.

Kaumudi Marathe said...

Hi there,

Glad you liked my book and the recipe for potatoes!

Happy Cooking!


Kaumudi Marathe

Miri said...

OMG - this looks so yummy! :) and the chocolate sms looks so cute! Hope you had a good one!

Nupur said...

The recipe looks so interesting- I must give it a try! And the chocolate SMS is too cute.

Anshu said...

OK, this is the most awesome recipe ever. I made this in 24 mins (with non-boiled potatoes) and they turned out very well. It's become my go-to recipe for those potato cravings. Thanks so much!

Sravya kalangi said...

Hii...yummy recipes ..can u also share chocvo SMS recipe..n where can we get it??


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