Rice bowl with Potato Curry …..all in under 20 minutes!

Indian Konkani style potato curry with coconut milk eaten with rice in a rice bowl!
Rice Bowl with Potato Curry- ready in under 20 minutes!

serves 4

This rice bowl with potato curry is my daughter’s absolute favorite ‘soul food’. After a hectic day, this is ‘the’ food that she finds relaxing. She was thrilled to discover that her friends at school loved this curry just as much as she did. The traditional recipe for this is a little daunting when one is in a hurry, as it is made with  grated fresh coconut, that is ground with the freshly  roasted spices……you get the picture…… it is not something one would necessarily look forward to making after a long day;)

So this is a simplified version of the Potato Curry called Ambat Batata in Marathi. Literally translated, it means Sour Potato. Perhaps it gets its name because of the tamarind used in this curry. But with the brown sugar or jaggery and the red chili powder , it is a balance of the sweet, sour and hot flavors. And you know me! I will not compromise on the taste even when in haste:) This delectable curry cooks in 14 minutes, the same time it takes for the rice to cook. And the appetizing, calming rice bowl dinner is ready in under 20 minutes for you to enjoy and relax!

Start by cooking 1 cup of rice. While that is cooking, gather the ingredients you need for the curry-

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ingredients-

  • 1½ teaspoon cooking oil. I use canola oil
  • 5 fenugreek seeds (methi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) powder
  • 4 small russet potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into 6 wedges each-I cut it in half lengthwise and then cut each half into 3 pieces each
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder. I get the medium hot chili powder from the Indian store
  • ½ teaspoon roasted coriander seed powder
  •  2 cups water ( We like lots of the curry over the rice. If you don’t, reduce water to 1½ cups)
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1½ teaspoons brown sugar or jaggery (gul)
  • 1 tablespoon dried tamarind pods, soaked in ¼ cup warm water or 1/4 teaspoon of tamarind concentrate
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper -about 5 turns of the pepper grinder
  • ¼ cup coconut milk powder combined with 1 teaspoon all purpose flour in 1 cup of water

To make the curry-

  1. In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, add the fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and the asafetida. As soon as the mustard seeds start to sputter, add the cut potato wedges, turmeric, chili powder and the coriander powder. Stir well to coat the potato wedges with the spices.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  2. Add the 2 cups of water, stir and let the potatoes cook on medium heat, partially covered.

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
    A look just before partially covering the pot.
  3. Cook for about 7 minutes, add the sea salt, partially cover the pot and let the curry cook until the potatoes are fully cooked, about another 7 minutes.
  4. Remove lid, add the brown sugar or jaggery. Squeeze the pulp of the tamarind and the soaking water ( or the tamarind concentrate) into the pot, stir and add the black pepper and coconut milk mixture.

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
    At our house we like the potatoes swimming in lots of yummy curry:)
  5. Stir and let the mixture come to a low boil.Simmer for a minute or so on low heat. Remove from heat.
  6. By this time, your rice is cooked, warm and ready. In a bowl, place about 3/4 cup of the cooked rice and top with the Aambat Batata or Potato Curry. This recipe will make 4 rice bowls but that does not necessarily mean you have to share:)

Enjoy! Wishing you a relaxing Wednesday evening with your Rice Bowl with Potato Curry!

Love,

Sandhya

Advertisements

23 Comments Add yours

  1. natasha says:

    Awesome recipe I really liked the coconut milk powder..in potatoes..will try this soon

    Like

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Natasha! I like the flavor of coconut milk in this recipe too.

      Like

  2. I love ambat batata. Must make some soon!!!

    Like

  3. Sandhya says:

    Thanks Aruna!

    Like

  4. Ashwini says:

    Just tried this recipe. It came out really well. Quick and tasty! I used panch phodan as I didn’t have methi seeds. I had two bowls. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Ashwini! I am so glad that you liked it.

      Like

  5. Anjali says:

    I made it this weekend and it came out great. A truly simplified traditional recipe.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Anjali! So happy to hear the review as you have tasted both the traditional and simplified version.

      Like

  6. Sandhya says:

    Reblogged this on Indian and Indian Fusion Cooking in America and commented:

    Soul food in a Bowl- easy, light and delectable food the day after the huge Thanksgiving feast!

    Like

  7. petra08 says:

    A curry in 20 minutes sounds amazing! My kind of dish and it looks so good 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Petra! yes I love the quick curries- they are ready in less time than it takes to get take out 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Sheryl says:

    mmm. . . this looks absolutely wonderful.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Sheryl!

      Like

  9. Even for me Love for potatoes ohhhh just cant describe in words…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      You will love this potato curry for sure then! Do let me know how you like it. It is one of my very favorites!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. yes sure I will try this recipe as well

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s