June 19, 2011

Potato and Cashew Nut Curry (Sukha Bateta Nu Shaak)

Let me introduce you to the first part of one of the most amazing brunches known to man (and woman) – Potato and Cashew Nut Curry with Little Deep Fried Breads, also known as Sukha Bateta Nu Shaak and Masala Poori.

My heart just did a little somersault.

My fondest memories of eating this dish lie with the time I lived with my parents. Waking up on sleepy Sunday mornings (or to be more accurate, Sunday midday in my case) to the smell of aromatic curry leaves, fresh ginger and freshly fried spicy dough permeated my nostrils, coaxing me out of bed and into the kitchen to witness exactly what everyone needs to experience at least once in life – Bateta Nu Shaak and Masala Poori for brunch.

The whole shebang was like a starved bear waking up from hibernation to the smell of honey-drenched baklava. Well, something like that anyway.

This dry curry epitomises Gujarati cooking with its fluffy potatoes, crunchy cashews and light spicing, complimented by a squeeze of zingy lemon juice. Garnish with a handful of chopped coriander and black pepper for the ultimate texture and flavour combination to be scooped up with some light and puffy poori.

Sautéing the potatoes in ghee gives the curry a wonderful buttery taste, but if you’re vegan, replace the ghee with oil. If you’re not, use the ghee – it’s really worth it.

As I’ve said before, Gujarati cooking is about keeping flavours simple (unlike the complex levels of spicing in other Indian cuisines), you can get away with using as little spice as possible, as long as you remember the cardinal rules: Keep it hot, sweet and sour, and don’t forget the curry leaves, ginger and fresh coriander.

Fresh Curry Leaves (limbro/limra)
Potato and Cashew Nut Curry (Sukha Bateta Nu Shaak)

(Serves 4-6)


1kg potatoes, peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes, then boiled in salted water until tender, drain
3 tbsp ghee
2 tsp whole cumin seeds
6 curry leaves
¼ tsp asafoetida (optional)
2 tsp green chilli, or to taste
3 tsp ginger, minced
10-15 whole cashew nuts
3 tbsp concentrated tomato purée
¼ tsp turmeric
3 tbsp chopped coriander
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp ground black pepper
Salt to taste


1. Heat the ghee in a large non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds, ginger, chillies, curry leaves, asafoetida and cashew nuts. Sauté for a couple of minutes until aromatic and the cashews become golden. Add the tomato puree and turmeric and cook for a further 2 minutes. 

2. Add the boiled potatoes, reserving around 6-7 pieces. Mix gently and cook on a low heat. Meanwhile, mash the reserved potato cubes and mix into the rest of the potato curry. Cook on a very low heat for another 8-10 minutes, avoiding too much mixing. Add the salt, sugar, lemon, coriander and black pepper and remove from the heat.

Serve with freshly fried poori (which I will show you how to make next week if either of us can wait that long) and a bowl full of plain, natural yogurt and you’ll be in heaven.

Do you have a favourite Indian breakfast/brunch dish?

Here are a few of mine:

Eggless Polenta and Sweetcorn Pancakes


Mini Masala Dosa



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24 responses to “Potato and Cashew Nut Curry (Sukha Bateta Nu Shaak)”

  1. A Spoonful of YUMM ! says:

    looks very delicious !!! πŸ˜€

  2. Anonymous says:

    Mmmmmmmmm……..how yummy – is that!!!!!!!!

    Is this an offering for your Dad for Father's day,

    Lucky Dad!!!!!!!!


  3. Parsley Sage says:

    I think MY heart just did a little somersault! Outstanding dish πŸ™‚

  4. Priya says:

    Omg, thats a fabulous and nutty curry,super inviting..

  5. Paaka Shaale says:

    I had never heard of potato and cashew curry. Would love to try this ASAP. Thanks for introducing me to this lovely curry πŸ™‚

  6. Kathy Gori says:

    This is absolutely amazing!!! You've got me sooooo hungry

  7. Mariko says:

    I think I can't wait that long. I want that meal! Beautiful foods. And I am about to look at that pancake recipe too. Yum.

  8. AshKuku says:

    I am all SLURPEE!!! Love those divine captures tempting & teasing my taste buds…. WOW!!!


  9. Umm Mymoonah says:

    I have come across your recipes so many times in other sites, first time directly to your blog. The pictures and recipes are amazing, you are doing a great job.

  10. RAKS KITCHEN says:

    Kaju and aloo makes an awesome combo! Loved it with those poori,nice clicks!

  11. That Food Girl says:

    Oh, my gosh…I grew up with the smells of Swedish pancakes and coffee in the morning, and yet your description of this lovely dish made my heart do a little summersault! I'm a Nordic girl with a love for Indian flavors. Will have to try this dish! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal says:

    Yum, delicious looks dishes and specially the star of the post πŸ™‚

  13. kankana says:

    I never heard of this dish before .. but that's what blogging is doing to me .. teaching me πŸ™‚ This looks delicious and those pooris .. SIGH !!!
    By the way my fav breakfast would be egg .. bread toast with butter:) but given a choice i will always pick idly vada and sambar πŸ™‚

  14. thekitchenaffaire says:

    The pictures are just fantabulous!! And they make me dive into the food. πŸ˜€ love all of the dishes..

  15. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    Oh god I'm so hungry now looking at this! I'm so glad I found curry leaves in my area as they are really unique and essential to flavoring :).

  16. Trix says:

    Ok, I want … no, I need to wake up at your house some Sunday. This looks amazing, amazing, amazing.

  17. Indian Recipe Book says:

    Wow they are looking yummy… I have never tried this, even heard about this recipe….but sure to try it out soon :)looks so inviting. Great recipe.

  18. Mina Joshi says:

    Love the bateta nu shak with kaju. It looks delicious and perfect with hot pooris.

  19. Mr. P says:

    I want this right now!

  20. The Mistress of Spices says:

    This sounds interesting and different! Can't wait to try!

  21. It’s something I tell my Gujarati friends all the time…..when it comes to cooking potatoes gujjus are best πŸ™‚

  22. pari patel says:

    Love the bateta nu shak with kaju. It looks delicious and perfect with hot pooris.

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  24. Mohini says:

    Awesome reciepe

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