Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Batatya Talasani

"Mumma, My body needs Vitamin F" - Gudiya declared yesterday as I was about to start cooking.

Well, I remembered my constant "bukbuk" (rant) at the dinner table about how she is going to be strong after eating healthy foods. So she was really paying attention! And yes, in my vitamin list of Vit A (carrots/spinach), Vit B (Sprouts), Vit C(OJ, Strawberries), Vit D (Milk), Vit E (Almonds)...Yes! I stopped at E, and didn't talk about vit F...It makes sense now! - I thought.

"You need vitamin F?" - I asked.

"Yes, mumma. and I only get it from French Fries!" Gudiya said in her usual chirpy voice.

Point noted. Yes, she is learning letter F this week at her pre-school. and she is also learning how to outsmart her mom!

We all have our cravings and indulgences. I don't mind her having french fries once in a while, but I don't want french fries to replace the dinner of poli-bhaji-koshimbeer-dahi and I do not want her to have it as a habit. What do you do? You make "Batatya Talasani" - just the way my amma (maternal grandmother) used to make. So Gudiya can eat it with chapati(poli), koshimbeer(salad), dahi (yogurt). A golden mean!! :-)

Batatya Talasani
2 big potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, cut into french fries style
Salt to taste

1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida
2-3 byadgi chilies, halved
5-7 curry leaves (optional)

1 tsp fresh coconut
3-4 drops coconut oil (optional)

1. Heat oil in a wok. Add all the ingredients for tempering.
2. As mustard seeds splutter, add potatoes. Stir fry for 7 minutes.
3. Add 1 tbsp water, which will evaporate soon. Cook till done.
4. Add salt to taste.
5. Garnish with freshly grated coconut. Drizzle coconut oil, if using.
6. Serve with rice and daalitauy or chapati and yogurt.

Note -
1. Coconut oil gives a wonderful flavor and aroma to this simple dish.

Check out Purnima's version of "Batate Upkari".

This post is my contribution to Sia's "Ode to Potatoes" event at Monsoon Magic.


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