Friday, July 3, 2009

Batate Song/ Potatoes cooked in spicy and tangy sauce

Hellllllllo Gals, Good to see you all and ur wonderful recipes. I am so glad many of u wrote that I'll be missed dearly :) :) Thanks dearies.

Now lets get to foodie-business ;) Today's recipe is a spicy tangy potato curry(I made it yesterday for lunch ). It's called 'song' ...LOL yes u read it right. In Konkani it's called Batate(potato) Song. It's one of the most loved dishes in the Konkani household after/along with the Dali Thoy. My hubby dear is a bong ...he loves the Konkani cuisine but finds the names of the dishes very amusing/funny :)

I'd like to share a funny incident that occured about 2 years back. My parents had invited both of us for lunch. Among the variety of dishes Amma had made, the batate song impressed S, Amma saw that S had polished off the song within minutes of serving...she told me to serve some more song to him. S was a little surprised and whispered to me..."is Amma asking me to sing a song or something?!" ....I couldn't hold myself and burst into laughter :) :) everybody was curious to know the reason...when I told them about the 'sing a song ?' thingie, all had a hearty laugh...
even to this day whenever I make batate song, we exchange a nostalgic cute little smile :)
So here's the recipe that could make u sing a .......batate- SONG!!


* 4 medium sized potatoes, cooked, peeled, cubed.
* 1 large onion, finely chopped.
* 1 1/4tsp chilli powder ( use more or less to suit ur taste).
* 1 small lemon sized tamarind ball soaked in a bowl of water, after it softens squeeze the tamarind to get a thin consistency tamarind water/pulp.
*2-3 tbsp oil
*salt to taste


1. Heat oil in a kadhai or any cooking vessel, add onions and fry till slightly
golden brown.

2. Turn off the gas and add the tamarind pulp, chilli powder, salt, potato cubes and mix well.

3. Turn on the flame and simmer for sometime, taste and adjust the salt and chilli powder if necessary.

4. Add a little water if you want more gravy, cover and simmer for sometime, stir occassionally.

5. The song is ready to be served with rice/roti