“Here is the recipe to make restaurant style Pataal potato bhaji.
Patal potato bhaji is a mildly spiced curry made with potato and onion. A person beginning to cook can make this curry as it is a very simple recipe and can be made with minimal ingredients available at home.”
Patal potato bhaji is an authentic Goan recipe which we have been making since ages. Patal potato bhaji means potato subzi with slight gravy. This is a delicacy and served in most of the Goan restaurants like Cafe Tato, Cafe Real, Cafe Bhonsale, etc along with pav. We even make this paatal bataat bhaji home and serve with puris or chapatis. You can even call it potato bhaji. In South India, it is also known as potato saagu (curry).
This patal bhaji is non spicy. Kids love to have it. Hence it can be packed in the lunch box along with puris or palak puris too. Patal batat bhaji is served in Goa along with salad bhaji or chana bhaji known as mixed bhaji in Goan restaurants, and is ideal to have for breakfast. I have added water to this potato subzi to make gravy in it. Hence the name patal bhaji. We also make sukhi(dry) potato bhaji in similar way. Just that we need not add extra water while making it.
The patal batat bhaji is very simple and easy to make. This can be the first recipe any person beginning to cook can start with.
Potato bhaji was also one of the first recipes that I learnt from my mom and once made it for my dad’s birthday under mom’s guidance as a surprise. Hence this recipe is special too. So guys, give this recipe a try and let me know how it turns.
Let us see the ingredients to make paatal potato bhaji:
- Potato: Use big firm potatoes. Remember to wash the potatoes and removed any mud before using in cooking. Peel the potatoes before adding the curry.
- Onion: Use red onion and chop them finely.
- Garlic cloves: I love to add garlic to potato based curry recipes.
- Seasoning: For seasoning we have used mustard seeds, cumin seeds (jeera), urad dal (black gram dal), asafoetida, green chilies and curry leaves. All these ingredients can be easy found in any Indian grocery store. Some Indian people might also have it available in their kitchen pantry.
- Turmeric powder: This powder is used in most of the Indian recipes. You can find this in any Indian grocery store.
- Oil: You can use any type of cooking oil in this recipe. We need minimal oil to prepare this delicious potato based comfort food.
- Coriander leaves: Used for garnishing. This is also an optional ingredient as it is only meant for garnishing. But yes the curry tastes better when coriander leaves are added. Parsley can also be added as an alternative.
How to make this delicious and easy restaurant style patal bataat bhaji:
- Boil the potatoes. After cooling, peel and chop them into small pieces.
- Heat a kadai/wok and add oil.
- After oil gets heated, add mustard seeds and after they flutter, add cumin seeds and urad dal.
- Add asafoetida, slit green chilies and curry leaves and saute for few seconds.
- Mix finely chopped onion and saute until onion turns pinkish.
- Add finely chopped garlic and saute till raw smell goes away.
- Mix chopped potato and 1/2 cup water(same water used for boiling potatoes can be used) and mix well.
- Simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.
- Add salt to taste, mix and switch off the gas or heat.
- Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Patal Potato Bhaji
- 4 medium sized potatoes boiled and peeled
- 1 medium sized onion finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon Jeera (Cumin seeds)
- 1 teaspoon urad dal (black gram dal)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon asafoetida
- 2 green chilies slit
- 7-8 curry leaves
- 2 teaspoon oil
- To Taste Salt
- Handful Coriander Leaves for garnish
- Chop the boiled potatoes into small pieces.
- Heat a kadai and add 2 teaspoon oil.
- Add mustard seeds and after the flutter add cumin seeds and urad dal.
- Add asafeotida, curry leaves and green chillies and sauté for few seconds.
- Add finely chopped onion and sauté till onion turns pinkish.
- Now add minced garlic and sauté till raw smell of garlic goes away.
- Add turmeric powder and mix well.
- Add chopped boiled potato, ½ cup water and mix well.
- Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add salt to taste and switch off the gas. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.
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Note: This post was originally published on 10 Dec 2017. Re-posting with updated description.