Saturday, November 3, 2012

Batate Alle Piyava Gashi (Potatoes in Ginger- Onion Coconut Curry)

Batate Alle Piyava Gashi is a popular konkani recipe. In Konkani, batato means potato, alle means ginger and piyavu means onion. 
This dish is more popular as a non vegetarian. Generally fishes or crabs are cooked in the spicy coconut masala. I just substituted the fish with potato. The dish turned out very good. Try making it and I am sure you will love it.

  • Potato, medium sized- 2
  • Grated Coconut, fresh/ frozen- 3/4 cup
  • Roasted Red chilli- 4-5
  • Tamarind- A small piece
  • Chopped Onion- Handful
  • Ginger, chopped- 1/2 inch
  • Coconut Oil- 1-2 tsp
  • Salt- To taste


Wash and peel the potatoes. Then cut them into small cubes. You can add them in a bowl containing water (to avoid browning).

Chop the onion and ginger as well.

Then start heating water in a pot (enough to cook two potatoes). Add salt to it. Once its hot, add the potato cubes, chopped onion and ginger and close it with a lid. Allow it to cook for 10- 15 minutes. While the potato is cooking, prepare the masala.

For the masala: Grind grated coconut along with roasted red chillies and tamarind to get a smooth paste. Add water as required.

Add this masala to the cooked potato cubes (they should turn soft yet hold their shape. Don't overcook the potato cubes). Bring it to a boil. Add more salt, if required. Mix well.

Once it comes to a boil, continue heating for 3-4 more minutes and turn off the heat. The final consistency of the dish should be thick (I kept it little bit on medium thick). 
Finally add the coconut oil and give a good mix. Batate Alle Piyava Gashi is ready!!

Serve it hot as a side dish to rice or rotis. Above measurement serves three people.

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