Today, I am sharing an easy yet delicious breakfast or brunch recipe on the blog from Goa! Goan Patal Batata Bhaji with Puri | Goan Style Batata Bhaji is one of the most popular breakfast options that you’ll come across in all the local cafēs and restaurants in Goa. 

The word ‘Patal’ literally means thin. So, Goan Patal Batata Bhaji with Puri | Goan Style Batata Bhaji is actually a thin potato-based gravy which is seasoned with mild spices and some curry leaves. It has a lovely, smooth and soft texture and goes best with Puri, a deep-fried flatbread or with Pav (dinner rolls).

Goan Patal Batata Bhaji with Puri | Goan Style Batata Bhaji

If you’ve ever been to Goa, chances are you’ve enjoyed this delicacy as it is loved by the locals. You will come across so many cafes on every nook and corner selling it from early morning to late evening. There is no fixed time to enjoy this but breakfast is the most popular time and platefuls of this yummy bhaji literally sell itself! My husband, as many of you who’ve seen my earlier posts on Goan recipes would know, has spent a few years in Goa and absolutely loves his local Goan cuisine. And Goan Patal Batata Bhaji with Puri | Goan Style Batata Bhaji happens to be another of his favourites and he never misses a chance to request for some at home too!

Some other yummy Goan fare includes
Bolinhas (coconut cookies)
Goan Chutney Sandwiches
Goan Forminhas
Beetroot Cutlets
French Beans Foogath
Serradura (Sawdust Pudding)
Homemade Pav (dinner rolls)

Many would love this bhaji with Pav, but we love it with some piping hot, fluffy and melt in the mouth puris/ pooris! Probably the North Indian in us but all the way back in Goa too, people love mopping up this bhaji with some puris just as much as they love it with Pav or sliced bread!

Goan Patal Batata Bhaji with Puri | Goan Style Batata Bhaji

I’ll share my go-to recipe for the Puris too! If you follow my recipe, you’ll definitely make perfect, round and fluffy puris. This bhaji can be made as a dry version too. It’s known as Sukha Batata Bhaji, meaning dry potato curry. They look similar but the recipe is slightly different. I usually make Patal Bhaji as my husband prefers it.

Making Goan Patal Batata Bhaji with Puri | Goan Style Batata Bhaji is very easy, call for the most basic ingredients and comes together really quickly.

Let us start with the recipes.

For the Goan Patal Batata Bhaji –

Wash and boil the potatoes. Once they cool down, peel them. Cut them into bite-sized cubes.

Remove 8-9 cubes to potatoes and set them aside. Mash them with a fork until smooth. (adding these mashed potatoes will make a smooth gravy)

Heat a pan. Add oil. once the oil is hot, reduce the flame medium and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds asafoetida, green chillies and curry leaves. Let them all splatter around for a minute.

Goan Patal Batata Bhaji with Puri | Goan Style Batata Bhaji

Then add the cubed potatoes. Add crushed garlic cloves. Season with salt, turmeric powder and sugar. Mix well and saute for 3-4 minutes.

Goan Patal Batata Bhaji with Puri | Goan Style Batata Bhaji

Then add the mashed potatoes. Mix well. Do not mash the cubed potatoes in the gravy.

Goan Patal Batata Bhaji with Puri | Goan Style Batata Bhaji

Add little water at a time and make a gravy. Add water as per your preference. I added about 3/4 cup of water in all. Stir well and cover and cook for another 5 minutes.

Goan Patal Batata Bhaji with Puri | Goan Style Batata Bhaji

Add chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Turn off the flame and serve it piping hot with any bread of your choice.

For the Puri

Take atta (whole-wheat) flour in a large bowl, add salt and oil. Mix well.

Adding a little water at a time, make a semi-soft dough. Smoothen the dough with some more oil. Let the prepped dough rest for 30 minutes.

Keep oil to heat in a large wok to fry these puris.

Make small lemon sized balls of the dough. Roll out each ball to an approximate diameter 3-4″ and not too thick.

Make sure the oil is very hot, reduce the heat to medium-high flame. Start frying 1-2 puris at a time. Drain the puris on a kitchen tissue. Serve them hot with the Patal Batata Bhaji.

Goan Patal Batata Bhaji with Puri | Goan Style Batata Bhaji

Goan Patal Batata Bhaji with Puri | Goan Style Batata Bhaji
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Goan Patal Batata Bhaji with Puri | Goan Style Batata Bhaji

Mildly spiced curried potatoes are served with some hot and fluffy Puris (fried flatbreads). This combo is one of the most popular breakfasts in Goa and this is very easy to replicate at home too! 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch Box, Main Course
Cuisine Goan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

For the Goan Patal Batata Bhaji -

  • 3-4 nos. medium-sized potatoes
  • 2 tbsp refined oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 9-10 nos. curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sugar or less if so preferred
  • 2-3 nos. green chilies roughly chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • some finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • water, as needed

For the Puri -

  • 2 cups wholewheat flour atta
  • water as needed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tsp refined oil
  • refined oil to fry, as needed

Instructions

For the Goan Patal Batata Bhaji -

  1. Wash and boil the potatoes. Once they cool down, peel them. Cut them into bite-sized cubes.

  2. Remove 8-9 cubes to potatoes and set them aside. Mash them with a fork until smooth. (adding these mashed potatoes will make a smooth gravy).

  3. Heat a pan. Add oil. once the oil is hot, reduce the flame medium and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds asafoetida, green chillies and curry leaves. Let them all splatter around for a minute.

  4. Then add the cubed potatoes. Season with salt, turmeric powder and sugar. Mix well and saute for 3-4 minutes.

  5. Then add the mashed potatoes. Add crushed garlic cloves. Mix well. Do not mash the cubed potatoes in the gravy.

  6. Add little water at a time and make a gravy. Add water as per your preference. I added about 3/4 cup of water in all. Stir well and cover and cook for another 5 minutes.

  7. Add chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Turn off the flame and serve it piping hot with any bread of your choice.

For the Puri -

  1. Take atta (whole-wheat) flour in a large bowl, add salt and oil. Mix well.

  2. Adding a little water at a time, make a semi-soft dough. Smoothen the dough with some more oil. Let the prepped dough rest for 30 minutes. 

  3. Keep oil to heat in a large wok to fry these puris.

  4. Make small lemon sized balls of the dough. Roll out each ball to an approximate diameter 3-4" and not too thick. 

  5. Make sure the oil is very hot, reduce the heat to medium-high flame. Start frying 1-2 puris at a time. Drain the puris on a kitchen tissue. Serve them hot with the Patal Batata Bhaji. 

Love,
Shreya

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