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Batata Masala – Indian Spice-infused mashed potatoes

Batata Masala – Indian Spice-infused mashed potatoes

This potato preparation is almost exclusively reserved for a Mumbai street food known as Vada Pav – or Bombay burger! It can be served as-is, or as an accompaniment to a curry or dhal. It’s delicious served with an cilantro chutney or tamarind chutney.


  • 1 lb potatoes
  • 4 Tbsp clarified butter or vegetable oil 
  • 2 tsp brown mustard seeds 
  • ½ tsp adjwain
  • 20 fresh curry leaves  
  • 1-3 hot green chilies, to taste, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped  
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, chopped  
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½ tsp turmeric, ground 
  • 12 fresh coriander stems, chopped  
  • Juice of ½ lemon