December 2, 2009

Bhabhi’s Special!

yogurt and potato curry 1

This wonderful recipe was passed on to me by my bhabhi (sis in-law) ‘S’ who describes it as, “really simple but a firm favourite of mine for the winter days”.

She wasn’t lying.

It really is painfully simple to make and it tastes so delicious. My friend and I shamefully devoured the whole lot in one sitting! I wasn’t sure what to serve it with and have so much reading to do for university at the moment, so I decided to toast some panini rolls and spread them with a little garlic butter. It is an unlikely combination but it worked really well. I think it will also taste superb with puri (deep fried flat bread). The recipe is totally ‘farari’ (ideal for fasting on holy days in the calendar) minus the garlic bread of course!

I have a few other innovative ideas regarding this recipe… But I might just make you wait until I have tried and tested them first!

‘S’ Bhabhi’s Dhai Varu Shaak
(Serves 4)


4 medium potatoes, peeled, boiled and roughly mashed
2 chillies, minced (I used red)
1 ½ inch piece ginger, minced
4-5 curry leaves
1 tbsp ghee or oil
2 tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp asafoetida
1 tsp turmeric
1 cup thick yogurt (I used Greek style)
¾ cup water (if your yogurt is a little runnier then add less water)
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
Chopped coriander to garnish (optional)


1. Heat the ghee in a medium-sized pan and add the cumin seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida, chillies and ginger.

2. Add the roughly mashed potatoes and turmeric. Mix thoroughly.

3. Mix the yogurt and water and add to the potato mixture. Season with salt, sugar and black pepper. Cook on a medium-low flame, stirring constantly until it boils (don’t stop stirring or the mixture will curdle).

4. Allow to boil and thicken and remove from the heat. Garnish with chopped coriander if you wish to.

5. Enjoy!

Thanks to bhabhi for this wonderful recipe! I can confirm that tonight, my belly is exceedingly full!

yogurt and potato curry 2

… Not nearly a big enough portion for me!

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34 responses to “Bhabhi’s Special!”

  1. Mr. P says:

    Definitely doing this after the Christmas feast I'm doing this weekend. Will need to fast!

  2. Noel Chapman says:

    This sounds delicious! I'm always looking for recipes I can make using curry. I don't use it a whole lot but would love to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing.

  3. SE(Denufood) says:

    extremely yummy…liked adding the yogurt in the mixture itself, I sometimes take yogurt on the side with potato subzi..will try this..

  4. Kathy Gori says:

    num num!!!

  5. Malar Gandhi says:

    Looks so lovely…awesome click.

  6. Chow and Chatter says:

    looks great Sanjana

  7. Shelly says:

    Wow, it DOES sound very easy to make. It's almost like "why haven't I made this before?" Oh I know! It's because I'll eat it all too, just like you! -Shelly

  8. A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine says:

    Looks so delicious and lovely. Beautiful click.

  9. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    Yummy! This sounds wonderfully flavorful and comforting.

  10. Sushma Mallya says:

    Potato in yogurt gravy will surely be delicious,lovely click sanjana…

  11. AshKuku says:

    Goes well with rotis too…for sure….. Pooris..but of course…. Pic – ed well to be presented….

    Happy Blogging!!!!


  12. Nithya says:

    Looks absolutely interesting. I love potato and yogurt too 🙂 so this is sure to be double interesting to me.

  13. Country Mum says:

    Looks delicious – although I will have a hard time finding curry leaves and asafoetida around here!

  14. MaryMoh says:

    That looks very delicious. I love all the ingredients used. Something new I learned…add yoghurt….love it. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Divina Pe says:

    I'm sure this is love at first bite. I love spices and potatoes and definitely Greek yogurt. 😀

  16. My Experiments with Food says:

    I love "Dahi wale Alu". I also use cloves along with cumin. It gives a delightful aroma to the entire curry.

  17. Priya says:

    Never combined yogurt with potatoes, seems interesting and delicious!

  18. Nandini says:

    Sssstah! Floods my tongue right now! Very tasty and comforting for winter!

  19. Tasty Trix says:

    As always, I want to eat the delicious food you have made!!! Yum, yum, girly!

  20. Sarah Naveen says:

    I love the combo..Looks really inviting..Yummyyy

  21. Vegetable Matter says:

    S needs to abandon her anonymity and take credit for a great recipe. And your pics are beautiful — looks delicious!

  22. Siddhi Shirsat says:

    Hey nice subzi sanajana…

  23. Cardamom says:

    Beautiful……and its farali too!!! yeah, I bet I could eat the whole thing too. Dahi and Batakas, you can't go wrong with that!


    the spice who loved me

  24. Stacy says:

    Can't wait to try this! It looks delicious and easy! Yum.

  25. sangeeta says:

    dahi wale aalu…we make it runny and your picture looked so good that i thought it is some baked dish :))
    i have to make it in a huge kadai whenever i make it..muh me paani aa gaya !!

  26. Gulmohar says:

    Beautiful clicks..a new combo for me 🙂

  27. Mae says:

    "Painfully Simple" are 2 words that are music to my ears. I hope we don't have to wait too long for your other innovative ideas, Sanjana, suspense kills me!!!

    This rather reminds me of the skordalia my Greek Yia Yia used to make of potatoes, garlic and yogurt(though as she got older, some of the garlic skins used to get lost in the dip, but we ate it anyway to not to hurt her feelings 😉

    Yours looks yummier, though, and free of garlic skins! (I hope Yia Yai didn't hear that!)

  28. Anonymous says:

    Wow – Thank you all so much for the lovely comments.. I think I may stay as "S" bhabhi for now – the mystery is lovely.. I wish had the time to blog actively 🙂 maybe someday 🙂 until then I am going to share my love of food with Sanjana who does such a wonderful job of it 🙂 so proud of her and really enjoy the way she writes 🙂 speak soon Love "S" bhabhi

  29. Oraphan says:

    Wow! That looks oh so good! It really is such a wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing:)

  30. Usha says:

    Never tried potatoes quite this way, sounds very delicious and inviting !

  31. Marc @ NoRecipes says:

    Mmmm sounds wonderful. Indian food is one thing I don't cook much of because it's always seemed so involved, but I love how simple your dishes are:-)

  32. delhibelle says:

    aloo looks delicious & creamy, there's a UP version of dahi aloo on my blog

  33. My kitchen skills says:

    Wow it is so easy and looks tasty too!!!i am planning to make this coming weekend..

  34. notyet100 says:

    first time here,..u have lovely spacend ya nice name of ur blog,..

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