Just a closer look at the batata bhaji that is served with pav and lime - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

Indian Potato Vegetable Recipe (Batata Bhaji)

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Potato Bhaji, also known as Aloo Sabzi or Batata Bhaji is a simple Indian vegetarian dish made of potatoes that is easy to make. It doesn’t have as much grease as French Fries and can be eaten as the main course or even a side-dish. We love having it for meals with puris.

Who does not love Puri Bhaji? I don’t know anyone who would say no that! This is my mom’s version of the Batata Bhaji (Indian potato vegetable dish). And it can be served with pav or rotis or yummy beetroot puris!

What ingredients do you need for Potato Bhaji?

Boiled potatoes of course! Other than this you need green chillies, onions, cumin and mustard seeds, salt, oil, ginger, garlic, raisins, charoli seeds (chironji or cuddapah almond), turmeric and fresh coriander.

How to make Potato Bhaji

Potatoes with skins ready to be boiled - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Boil the potatoes with skins

Start by boiling the potatoes with their skin for about 7 minutes in a pressure cooker. Once boiled, remove and discard the skins. Then mash the potatoes and set aside.

Mash the potatoes - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Mash the potatoes

Then, finely slice the green chilies and onions. Follow that by chopping the ginger and garlic fine as well. Add oil in a pan and heat it. Put in the mustard (rai) and cumin (jeera) seeds and saute for a few minutes. Then add in the chopped chilies, garlic and ginger and mix well.

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Chop the chillies fine- Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Chop the chillies fine
Chop the onions fine - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Chop the onions fine
Heat oil. Add rai and jeera - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Heat oil. Add rai and jeera
Then comes the chopped chillies - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Then comes the chopped chillies
Chillies ginger, garlic, rai and jeera - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Chillies ginger, garlic, rai and jeera
Mix all the spices together - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Mix all the spices together

Add in the onions and cook for about 5 minutes till they are translucent.

Add in the chopped onions and fry - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Add in the chopped onions and fry
Fry the onions, chillies, ginger, garlic, mustard and cumin till the onions are translucent - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Fry well till the onions are translucent

Add in the raisins and charoli seeds. Charoli or chironji is a seed that is available in the Indian or Asian section of supermarkets and grocery stores. But you can skip this if you do not have it. We don’t always use it, but when we do it adds a richness to the batata bhaji.

Add in raisins and charoli - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Add in raisins and charoli

Add the turmeric powder and mix. Lastly, add in the mashed potatoes and mix well. Leave it to cook for another 5 minutes on a low flame.

Add turmeric powder - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Add turmeric powder
Mix the turmeric well - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Mix the turmeric well
Add in the mashed potato - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Add in the mashed potato
Mix well - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Mix well
Lovely potato bhaji emerging - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Lovely potato bhaji emerging

Once done, sprinkle some chopped fresh coriander leaves on the Potato bhaji and it’s ready to eat. You can serve it with some slices of lime and pav or puris.

Add in the chopped coriander - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Add in the chopped coriander
Serve with pav and lime - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Serve with pav and lime
The easiest Indian potato bhaji to make - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
The easiest Indian potato bhaji to make
Just a closer look of the batata bhaji - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Just a closer look of the batata bhaji

What’s Perfect About This Potato Bhaji Recipe?

  • As opposed to french fries, the potato is boiled.
  • Potatoes are nutritious and the added spices make this dish even healthier.
  • The dish is simple and easy to make – it can be ready in 30 minutes.
  • This batata bhaji recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan.

Cooking Tips And Tricks

  • We usually boil and mash the potatoes first and then proceed with the rest of the steps, as it is quicker.
  • You can also boil the potatoes earlier in the day or the day before if necessary. This recipe works with boiled potatoes taken straight from the refrigerator too. 
  •  The raisins and charoli seeds add to the sweetness of the dish, but they can be skipped.
  • Allow the mustard and cumin seeds to saute for a few minutes to enhance the flavour.
  • Squeezing a few drops of lime on the batata bhaji adds a tangy twist. You can do this just before serving or while eating.

FAQs About Potato Bhaji

What is Potato Bhaji?

It is an Indian vegetarian dish made from boiled potatoes with onions, chillies and spices. Its also called Aloo Sabzi or Batata Bhaji in Hindi.

What do you eat it with?

You can eat Potato Bhaji with Puris or Chappati or Pav.

Do I have to mash the potatoes?

No, you can also dice the potatoes into small pieces if you prefer.

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Just a closer look at the batata bhaji that is served with pav and lime - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

Indian Potato Bhaji Recipe

SarahSarah
A popular Indian dinner or lunch dish that's sometimes even enjoyed for breakfast, this Potato Bhaji recipe is simple and easy to make!
4.6 from 5 votes
Prep Time 13 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Pressure Cooker Time 7 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g Potatoes
  • 6 Green Chillies
  • 5 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 Garlic Pod
  • 1.5 inch Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 50 g Raisins
  • 50 g Charoli Chironji seeds or Cuddapah almonds
  • 10 g Fresh Corriander

Instructions
 

  • Boil the potatoes with skins on for about 7 minutes in a pressure cooker.
  • Once boiled, cool them, remove the skin, mash and set aside.
  • Slice the green chilies, onions, ginger and garlic fine separately.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard and cumin seeds and saute for 2 minutes till you get the aroma.
  • Add the ginger, garlic, chillies and onion. Frry till the onions are translucent.
  • Next, add the turmeric and mix well. Then add the rasins and charoli seeds.
  • Lastly, add in the mashed potato and allow to cook for 5 mins. Stir occasionally.
  • Sprinkle with fresh corriander and serve with bread or puris. Add a dash of lime for added flavor.

Notes

  • You can boil the potatoes earlier in the day or the day before if necessary. This recipe works with boiled potatoes taken from the refrigerator too. 
  • If you do not have charoli/chironji, it’s okay. It’s not a necessity.
  • Raisins add to the sweetness of the dish, but can also be skipped.
  • The recipe for beetroot puris is here. 
How to make Potato Bhaji - By Abby from TheWingedFork
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3 thoughts on “Indian Potato Vegetable Recipe (Batata Bhaji)”

  1. We ate batata vegetable with puris at the Indian restaurant many times. It is delicious. But it didn’t have raisins or cuddaph almonds in it. I’m saving this recipe to try this weekend.5 stars

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