Batata Bhaji – Spiced Potatoes

24 Apr

Batata Bhaji is to an Indian what roasted potatoes is to an American. The potatoes are spiced to give it flavor. It is a vegetarian and a vegan recipe. In Goa there are a few variations one where curry leaf and cumin are the bold flavors, the other is ginger and cumin. This potato recipe can be made with or without coconut also with gravy or dry. The dry version can be used to make a favorite Indian snack called Batata Vada. A deep-fried potato dumplings coated with a garbanzo bean flour batter.


Interestingly “Batata” in portuguese is “Potato” and is a word used all over in India but there is a difference in the pronunciation and you can tell the difference if you are familiar with both. This recipe was made mostly on Fridays at our home. The leftovers are used to make kids popular grilled sandwich for snack. The bread is stuffed with potatoes and a little ketchup….yummy! You can also make potato fritters by mashing the potatoes, forming into patties and coating them with rava (cream of wheat) and shallow frying till golden brown.

batata-bhaji-aloo-potato-subzi-ingredients-recipe-vegetarian-veganServing Size: 4-6


3 russet potatoes peeled and diced in 1/2″ cubes

1 medium onion diced

1 jalapeno

1 cup grated coconut

1.5″ of ginger

1/2 tsp of cumin seeds

2 cups water

1/4 tsp of mustard seeds

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1-2 sprigs of curry leaf

salt to taste


Wash, clean and cut the potatoes in 1/2″ cubes. Soak them in light salted water.

Grind the coconut, ginger, 1/4 tsp of cumin with 1/3 cup water to a paste.

Heat oil in a pot add the mustard seeds till it splutters, add the onions, cumin seeds, jalapeno and saute till the onion is translucent.

Next add the turmeric, coconut paste, curry leaves and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the remaining water, season with salt and cover till the gravy simmers.

Finally add the potatoes, check on salt, cover and cook on medium low heat for 15-20 minutes till the potatoes are soft. Do not over stir lest the potato get mashed.

batata-bhaji-aloo-potato-subzi-recipe-goan-coconutEnjoy with hot rice, bread, puri (poori) or dosa.


78 Responses to “Batata Bhaji – Spiced Potatoes”

  1. Mr. Militant Negro April 24, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negroβ„’.

    • Nandini April 24, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

      Thank You for the re-blog Jueesepi, appreciate it very much :-).

  2. JoAnn Chateau April 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    Reblogged this on Save That Recipe and commented:
    Had these delicious potatoes at an Indian restaurant yesterday – today I have the recipe!

    • Nandini April 24, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

      Thank You JoAnn for the re-blog. That was very kind of you πŸ™‚

  3. vanbytheriver April 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    Looks delicious. I’d never think of coconut with potatoes. ☺ Van

    • Nandini April 24, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

      Thank You Van πŸ™‚

  4. GreatChowJay April 24, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

    I love your recipe and all of the ingredients you have included, I love shredded coconut. Nice picture with all of the ingredients layed out too. Those potatoes look delicious!!! I want to try this !

    • Nandini April 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

      Thank You Jay for your kind words. I hope you do give it a try someday πŸ™‚

  5. Colin Noel-Johnson April 24, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

    Looks good, I’ll have to try them.

    • Nandini April 24, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

      Thank You Colin πŸ™‚

  6. Nathalie April 24, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    I really enjoy your recipes! Thanks to your blog, I have discovered a new place I hope to visit one day! Except for coconut, I have everything at home to try this. I guess I know what I am shopping for this weekend.

    • Nandini April 24, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

      Thank You Nathalie for your kind words. I am happy to know that. Let me know how it works out for you πŸ™‚

  7. Johanne Lamarche April 24, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

    Just when one thought they’d had pretty much most types of potatoes along comes this most i teresting recipe to surprise and delight. Coconut with potatoes! Never in my wildest imagination.

    • Nandini April 24, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

      Isn’t that something Johanne :-). The ground coconut makes the gravy thicker and creamy.

  8. pernillabredolt April 24, 2015 at 11:40 pm #

    Looks really interesting!

    • Nandini April 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

      Thank You Pernilla πŸ™‚

  9. Janet Davies @pigeoncottage April 25, 2015 at 12:46 am #

    In the UK we eat a lot of Indian food mostly influenced by the Bangladeshi communities here but I’ m loving your Goan regional recipes. Thank you!

    • Nandini April 25, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

      You are so welcome Janet. There is a large chunk of Goan population in Uk from Africa and Goa. I do have my mum’s family in Croydon and Kent.

  10. Stan the Man April 25, 2015 at 3:49 am #

    Hello Nandini!

    Batata Bhaji looks extremely mind-blowing. Whenever I go to Goa, I go to Tato’s and Kamat’s and occasionally to Bombay cafe for Batata bhaji. It was very easy to go to this restaurants as My mum’s house is in Comba,Margao. I like batata bhaji with the puris. It really brings back very happy memories of Margao,Goa. Your recipes are stunning. I think this dish is more Indian than Goan. Correct Me if I’m wrong. Nevertheless Your recipes make My day.


    Stan the Man

    • Nandini April 25, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

      Thank You so much Mr Stan for your kinds words. It’s good to know you are from Margao as well. what a small world :-). You are right this recipe is more Indian then Goan……the addition of fresh coconut seals the deal for being Goan :-). You and Mrs Stan have a great weekend.

  11. gardeden April 25, 2015 at 4:00 am #

    Oh yum, must try these πŸ™‚

    Hey, I have nominated your amazing Blog for “The Real Neat Blog Award.” To learn more, please see the post about it on my blog.

    • Nandini April 25, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

      Thank you so much for the award Suz. It is very kind of you. I am humbled by it :-).

  12. Loretta April 25, 2015 at 4:36 am #

    Very nice again Nandini, except I’m not sure I’ve tried it with the coconut? I make potato baji a lot, and this looks a bit like it with a few different spices though.

    • Nandini April 25, 2015 at 10:30 am #

      Thank You Loretta. This recipe is not a very commonly know recipe now a days. I remember it when I was a child. I have to thank my mom who remembers them as a lot of the old everyday goan recipes are being lost with time. I feel happy to explore them again πŸ™‚

  13. Aruna Panangipally April 25, 2015 at 4:50 am #

    I could eat this every day and still not be bored.

    • Nandini April 25, 2015 at 10:20 am #

      That is so true Aruna πŸ™‚

  14. bunny and mimsey April 25, 2015 at 6:37 am #

    Hi Nandini, I love potatoes with curry spices, and this sounds really good! Next time i make an Indian curry, I’ll serve these as a side dish. – Say, I do a great Indonesian style potato dish you you will love! Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll post it for you.

    • Nandini April 25, 2015 at 10:18 am #

      Thank You Mims. Do let me know how it goes. Sounds good Mims, will look forward to the recipe πŸ™‚

  15. ingrid April 25, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    What a cool recipe ! Potatoes & Coconut yummi!!!!

    • Nandini April 25, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      Thank You Ingrid πŸ™‚

  16. ledrakenoir April 25, 2015 at 8:13 am #

    Looks delicious… πŸ™‚

  17. urbanmonique April 25, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    We do a variation of this, but with pickled jalapeΓ±os – yours looks wonderful!

    • Nandini April 25, 2015 at 10:10 am #

      Thank You Monique! You are right there are many variations to this recipe depending on the region.

  18. fromthefamilytable April 25, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    The finished dish looks delicious but I’ll bet the kids’ sandwich is a favorite. That sounds sooo good.

    • Nandini April 25, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

      Thank You Darryl. You guessed right πŸ™‚

  19. Maryanne April 25, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    Wow, this one sounds like a perfect meal! I love potatoes and coconut! And the batter sounds mouth-watering!

    • Nandini April 25, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

      Yes Maryanne the batata vada are perfect when it rains with a nice hot cup of tea πŸ™‚

  20. jo Ellen April 25, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    Can’t wait to try these this week. Love the spices and the “heat” element of the dish. I’ll let you know how it goes over with the family.

    • Nandini April 29, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

      That is so awesome Jo Ellen. Yes…… please do. Will be looking forward to hearing back from you πŸ™‚

  21. Karen B April 26, 2015 at 12:29 am #

    Looks totally gorgeous!

    • Nandini April 29, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

      Thank You Karen, that is very kind of you to say πŸ™‚

  22. Feast Wisely April 26, 2015 at 12:49 am #

    Hi Nandini, Great recipe – just as I have duck fat/rosemary roast potatoes in the oven for sunday dinner. I”ll try this for my next Indian feast!

    • Nandini April 29, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

      Aww….that is so awesome πŸ™‚

  23. deutschtrailer April 26, 2015 at 2:21 am #

    Mmmhhhh delicious, thank you very much and happy weekend Nandini….πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

  24. katherinemrussell April 26, 2015 at 7:10 am #


  25. singlegirlsquest4mommyhood April 26, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award !

    • Nandini April 29, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

      Thank You so much for the award. That was really sweet and kind of you πŸ™‚

  26. conniecockrell April 28, 2015 at 2:21 am #

    That sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nandini April 29, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

      Thank You Connie πŸ™‚

  27. Dana April 28, 2015 at 5:21 am #

    Inspiring and vegetarian, Love it! I might give it a try
    Just stopping by to wish you an awesome day and appreciate your blogpost

    • Nandini April 29, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

      Thank You Dana, that is sweet of you. You too have a great day πŸ™‚

  28. Jaya Rajesh April 29, 2015 at 5:38 am #

    Batata Bhaji looks awesome Nandini. Loved those chilies on the top.

    • Nandini April 29, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

      Thank You so much Jaya πŸ™‚

  29. JoEllen April 29, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    Has anyone ever tried this spice on a vegetable other than potato? Like eggplant?

    • Nandini April 29, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

      Yes JoEllen, you can use similar spices with eggplant just add a tomato and reduce the quantity of water as eggplant lets out it’s own. That is if you do not want the eggplant to get too mushy.

  30. stephysweetbakes April 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award. If you participate you can find it in my post of awards. For some reason my phone is messing up and can not add the link here.

    • Nandini April 29, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

      Thank You so much for the award Stephy. That was really sweet and kind of you πŸ™‚

  31. thesouthernbelle April 30, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    I love everything about your blog! That’s why I’ve nominated you for the Creative Blogger award!!!

    • Nandini April 30, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

      Thank You so much for the award. That was very sweet and kind of you πŸ™‚

  32. Experience Food Intl. May 3, 2015 at 8:04 am #

    Ahh, sweet coconut, spicy jalapeno and ginger. What a great anytime side dish. Gina

    • Nandini May 4, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

      Thank You Gina :-). It is indeed a great side dish.

  33. catharsishungry07 May 4, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

    Nutritious & healthy πŸ™‚

  34. Mariposaoro May 5, 2015 at 5:20 am #

    Love potato and other veggie curries! Sometimes in London we have to look for veggie places to get dishes like this. Sometimes the flavours aren’t right.. This is on point. Hope you put up more veggie and fish curries!

    • Nandini May 5, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

      Will definitely try to do so πŸ™‚

  35. Mariposaoro May 5, 2015 at 5:23 am #

    Reblogged this on Mariposaoro's Blog.

    • Nandini May 5, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

      Thank You so much for the Re-Blog. That was very kind and sweet of you πŸ™‚

      • Mariposaoro May 5, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

        You’re welcome. I quite liked this recipe and thought maybe others could view it.. It’s a fresh take on plain old potatoes.

  36. dawnspitfire May 7, 2015 at 6:50 am #

    Reblogged this on dawnspitfire's blog and commented:
    #Recipe save & share

    • Nandini May 8, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

      Thank You so much for the re-blog πŸ™‚

  37. ashley7586 August 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    Thank you so much for liking my most recent post on my brand new blog! This is an awesome post….really cool/good looking foods Ive definitely never been exposed to here in New England! I think Ill be making a few of these recipes!

    • Nandini August 28, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

      Thank You Ashley so much for your kind words. I am happy to know that my recipes appeal to you πŸ™‚

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