Thursday, May 31, 2007

Batatyachi Bhaaji


Presenting the most simple and adorable Maharashtrian bhaaji (sabji) for RCI Maharashtrian Cuisine-Batatyachi bhaaji aka Potato Sabji. This too falls in the dry sabjis category of Maharashtrian food and can be sub classified as paratleli bhaaji. (stir fry vegetables)

Most people (of my generation) know this as the picnic food! :) Potato Bhaaji is quick and simple to prepare and a favorite among kids who usually hate eating other vegetables. Puri-Batatyachi Bhaaji used to be my tiffin for picnics for many years in school. It’s probably the first sabji that I learnt to cook and hence my favorite :)

If you cook the potatoes for long time without stirring, a brownish crisp coating forms over the potatoes at the base. In Marathi, this is called “kharpus bhaajna/karapna”, a typical stage of frying between proper frying/roasting and burning. If I have enough time for cooking, I purposely try to attain this stage to eat the crispy part just because I love its taste. The crispy part is called “kharad” and is mostly associated with Khichdi (Rice cooked with moong dal) and dry stir fry sabjis!

This bhaaji does not contain Onion, Ginger or Garlic. Hence it remains good (and even smells good) for long time even in hot weather conditions and is the perfect picnic food!

Batatyachi Bhaaji


What you need:

3 big Potatoes, boiled
1-2 tsp Sugar (preferably powdered)
Salt to taste
2 strands of Curry leaves
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
½ tsp Turmeric
3-4 Green Chillies, chopped
4-5 strands of Corriander
2 tbsp Oil

How to proceed:

1) Dice the boiled potatoes
2) Sprinkle sugar and salt (as required) over the potatoes and mix well so that the potato cubes are coated with sugar and salt. Leave aside for 5 mins
3) Heat oil in a skillet. Add curry leaves and mustard seeds
4) When the mustard seeds start spluttering, add chopped chillies and turmeric powder
5) Now add the potatoes and mix well
6) Cover and cook for 5-10 mins. Keep stirring at intervals
7) Garnish with corriander and serve wth puris/chapattis

13 comments:

Biby Cletus said...

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Asha said...

WOW!! Aarti,such a simple but delicious looking Bhaji.YUM!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Hey, I love this!! really simple to make and it looks delicious!!!

Richa said...

bhajicha color chaan ahey! simple good food! tuzhya blogwar maharashtrian mahotsav agadi jorawar ahey :)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hey this is looking YUM!.....Love it...

Arts said...

Biby,
Thanks for visiting!

Asha,
I just love quickies ;)

Thanks Ramya,
I suppose its the most simplest sabji!

Thanks Richa!
Mohatsavachi tar atta suruvaat jhaliy ;) Ajun pangat basaichiy! :D

Thnaks Sukanya,
m glad u luv it!

Vallarie Apte said...

Hey,
I am an exchange student from pune. I am living in USA right now, with an American family.
I wanted to make something from home for my host family, but couldn't find an recipes my mom had sent.
I was really sad that i wouldn't be able to cook something for my host family. But thanks to your recipe, I cooked dinner, and best of all, my host family loved it!!!
THANKS once again!

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