Khara Bateta

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Serves 2-3

A simple potato dish cooked with chilli, lemon and raw mangoes or tamarind sauce. We normally prefer having this straight from the bowl with crisps or cheuro. Like this: Babu Kachri recipe. But the dish also works beautifully as a side for any rice/meat meal.

2 tbsp
1 tbsp
white/plain flour
1/2 tsp
red chilli powder
(or to taste)
1/4 tsp
turmeric powder
2 tbsp
tomato paste
2 tbsp
grated raw mango OR tamarind pulp
(or lemon)
green or red chilli, chopped
1/4 tsp
garlic paste
1/2 tsp
mustard seeds/rai
1 tbsp
curry leaves, roughly chopped
juice of half a lemon
salt to taste

Boil the potatoes until tender, peel and cut into cubes.

In a bowl, mix the plain flour, red chili powder, turmeric and salt. Add some water into this mixture slowly while stirring and make a thin/liquidy 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 as a side or with accompaniments of your choice.



Hello fauzia, yesterday i tried this &turned out superb, esptoecially HD really liked thm. I served with masala wings & rice & it wz a hit combo:-)
thnx a million for sharing ur skills & knowledge with us.
May allah bless u. Ameen.

Today i will try the baingans, & m sure thy ll also get FULK MARKS:-)

Assalamu alaikum Fauzia. Do you have a fail safe recipe for the East African potato dish called "viazi vya rojo" or "viazi vya kukanga?" Jazakillah khayr for your selfless work. Ameen.

Hi, where can i get the curry leaves? i live in Mombasa..keep up the good work

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, you will get it at the market (markiti). Check for the asian vendors, or any vendor who sells herbs like dania...ask for Limro.

Delicious and works great as a side-dish! Thank you so much! *Hugs*

Hi. Is 'grated raw mango' amchoor powder? I only have amchoor powder on hand.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

HI, no it is raw mango that is then grated and used.