Potato side dish (Batate talasani)

This is again my mom’s recipe. But my anna(brother) did some modifications to it. He used to add garlic which gives more taste. He is a very good cook. He has a lot of interest in cooking & keeps trying some new dishes. Normally though cooking is taken as only girl’s job, my pappa(father – he is a doctor) & brother(he is an s/w engineer) are two very good male cooks I have ever seen. When I was a kid, if my mom went somewhere, my father used to cook very delicious things for me(I was very lazy child, I never used to enter the kitchen). When I grew up, i got interest in cooking. For three years, after coming to Bangalore, I experimented new things on my brother :). Even he used to cook for me whenever I used to go home late from work.

Potatoes 4
Chilli powder 2 tea spns
Garlic 4-5
Mustard seeds 1/4th tea spn
Turmeric a pinch
Oil 2 tea spns

Peel potatoes & cut into thin long pieces. Keep in water for 5 minutes.
Heat oil & add mustard. When they start spluttering, add crushed garlic. When garlic turns slightly brownish, add potatoes, chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt. Cover & cook. (Do not add water for cooking). Serve hot with chapathis or rice.
Note: Preferably use nonstick pan for preparing this. Add more oil, if the potatoes stick to the pan.

Serves : 4
Preparation time : 20min

20 thoughts on “Potato side dish (Batate talasani)”

  1. Hi Shipa – discovered you today. You have a wonderful blog out here. This is vkn from My Dhaba. Welcome to be part of our monster list of Indian food bloggers. I am adding you there. Will visit for more.

    VK Narayanan
    Chef de cuisine
    My Dhaba

  2. I now wish to gift you a camera which would help you to start posting pictures of your great recipes. Hmmm… not that rich though. Anywayz that is now in my wishlist. Quite a large number of wishes for the new year huh… 🙂

  3. Hi Vkn,
    Thanks for your comments. Well…I was planning to put the recipe pics. But u know, in my busy schedule, i was unable to take the pictures of whatever I cook. I will surely do that soon, bcos I am taking a career break soon. So will find more time to concentrate on my hobbies :).

    – Shilpa

  4. Hi Shilpa,

    I used to forget to take pics as well, but now I have my camera permanently stationed in the kitchen so that I dont have to go upstairs for it, or to any other room! 🙂 It helps, believe me! 🙂

    PS Gonna try your bread dosa tonight!

  5. Thanks Manjula. Let me know how you liked it. Comments take a little time to show up. I need to still fix that issue :(.

  6. Hi Shlipa,

    I came to know about your website from one of my friend. I use to call my Amma(my mom)in India, to get all the konkani recipes. however i find your blogg more handy. thanks a lot and please keep posting more and more konkani recipes.

    Seema Kamath

  7. Hey Shilpa

    I tried dis recipe 2day…… & it was too gud..bahut jabardast……. dikhne ke sath khane main bhi bahut acchi……. thnx dear……..

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  9. This is staple dish when I was growing up. My grandmother used to make awesome talasani. If you cube the potato (small cube) instead of cutting into straw, it tastes even better. The turmeric amount should be reduced, add more chilli powder and slow cook it with lid closed till the potato get fried quite well.
    To reduce the amount of oil used, my grandmother would pour water on the lid while cooking and wait till it evaporated.
    This has become our family tradition. Almost all of us – born and wedded into the family can cook this one. But none of ours taste like hers. I miss her so much.

  10. Hello Shilpa,

    Love your website and looked up how to make Tendle and Batate Talasani. I would like to invite you to the Facebook site Konkan Coastal Cooking and Beverages (KCCB) which I started with other friends, we could certainly use your expertise.

    Best wishes.


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