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Konkani recipes are usually characterised by two things; coconut and seafood. Coconut is one of the most freely available ingredients on the coasts. That is why, Konkani recipes use fresh coconut and coconut milk in them.
The best thing about Konkani recipes is that they are not bland. Unlike the coastal recipes from the rest of the world that are known for being mild and having a sweet tinge to them, the recipes from the Indian coast are very spicy. They blend the taste of fresh spices and the juicy coconut flavour.
Today we have a special vegetarian Konkani recipe, which is sure to take you by a surprise. Batata song is a delicious recipe made with potatoes and fresh coconut. There are many variations of this recipe. Some cook it with onions while others without it.
Here is a version of the batata song recipe without onions, which is perfect for the vegans as well. People who fast during Navratri and other festivals may also prepare it by substituting ghee with oil and rock salt in place of normal salt.
So, here is the Konkani batata song recipe. Do give it a try.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
All you need
- Potatoes- 4 (diced)
- Fresh coconut- 1 cup (grated)
- Red chillies- 3
- Coriander seeds- 1tbsp
- Hing (asafoetida)- a pinch
- Turmeric powder- 1tsp
- Salt- as per taste
- Tamarind pulp- 1tbsp
- Coconut oil- 2tbsp
1. Heat one tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan and add hing, coriander seeds, turmeric powder and red chillies together. Fry for a minute and then switch off the flame.
2. Grind these together with coconut and tamarind pulp in a mixer into a smooth paste. Add a little water if needed.
3. Heat one tablespoon of oil in the same pan and fry the potatoes for about 5-6 minutes on medium flame.
4. Now, add the ground masala paste and salt to the potatoes. Cook for about 4-5 minutes.
5. Add water. Cover and cook till the potatoes are soft.
6. Once done, switch off the flame and serve.
Batata song is ready to be served. This vegetarian recipe goes well with rice as well as rotis.
Batata song is not a very rich recipe and is suitable for almost all age groups. You may cut down on the chillies if you do not like spicy food.
You may add coconut milk in place of water for the gravy to make it more tasty.