Khara Bateta is a semi-thick spicy and tangy potato curry. We normally prefer having this straight from the bowl topped with potato/cassava crisps or chevdo. It can also form the base of THIS recipe.
Boil potatoes until tender, peel and cut into cubes.
In a bowl, mix the plain flour, red chilli powder, turmeric and salt. Add some water into this mixture slowly while stirring and make a thin/liquid paste. This paste will help thicken the gravy of the khara bateta. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a pan, then add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Fry them a little but keep the heat on low and do not allow them to burn.
Then add the grated mango or tamarind paste and the chopped chilli. Stir-fry quickly then add the tomato puree/paste and cook this for about half a minute.
Next, add in the paste made earlier. Keep stirring on low heat until it thickens and cooks. If it gets too thick, you can easily just add some water.
Once this spicy paste mixture is cooked (takes about 2 minutes on low heat) add the boiled cubed potatoes. Give everything a gentle mix to combine then add some water if the gravy feels too thick.
Allow to simmer for a few minutes to allow the potatoes to absorb all the flavours. Taste and adjust salt and spice. Squeeze in the lemon juice.
Turn off the heat and serve with crisps, khara sev and chutney of your choice and an icy drink.