Ambat Batata

25 Nov

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Ambat Batata.

Ambat batata is a sour potato curry of Konkan area especially from Malwan / Malvan Cuisine, Maharashtra. Potatoes are boiled and cut into thick slices. Oil is tempered with spices and onion is fried. Whisked yogurt is added to the oil along with coconut paste and boiled potatoes. The mixture is heated and garnished with cilantro.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Ambat Batata.

Ingredients:

Potatoes 2 Small
Onion 1 Small
Green Chiles 2
Yogurt 3/4 Cup
Coconut 3 tbsps
Kokum 2 Small pieces
Turmeric a big pinch
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida a pinch
Curry Leaves 4
Cilantro few Sprigs
Oil 2 tsps
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

Wash, halve and boil the potatoes in a cup of water till just soft.
Strain the potatoes and peel them.
Vertically halve the boiled peeled potatoes.
Now slice them thick (like half circles) and keep aside.

Remove stems, wash and finely chop the green chiles.
Peel, remove ends and finely chop onion.
Clean, wash and finely chop cilantro leaves.
Whisk yogurt well and keep aside.
Grind coconut into smooth paste with little bit of water.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida.
When mustard seeds start sputtering, add curry leaves and onion.
Once onion turns translucent, add chopped green chiles and salt.
Fry for few seconds, add potatoes, whisked yogurt, ground coconut, kokum and turmeric powder.
Cook on low flame for a minute or less and remove from heat.
Stir in lemon juice and garnish ambat batata with cilantro.
Serve ambat batata with plain steamed rice.
Notes:Make sure not bring the yogurt mixture to boil.

Suggestions: If potatoes are not cooked properly, then cook them in tempered oil till done before adding yogurt. Add more yogurt and ground coconut for extra gravy.
Variations: Fenugreek seeds can be added to the tempering. Little bit of tamarind extract or lemon juice can be substituted for kokum. Red chilli powder can also be added for extra spice.
Other Names: Ambat Batata, Ambat Batat, Potatoes in Sour Gravy.

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2 Responses to “Ambat Batata”

  1. lubna November 25, 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    looks yummy, but what is kokum?

  2. Raji January 26, 2010 at 12:26 am #

    check out the wiki for a better idea on kokum
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garcinia_indica

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