Monday, 21 March 2016


Batata phovu is a very popular breakfast item mainly in Maharashtra and Gujarat. My mother used to prepare this when i was young. I still remember the taste even though had eaten it decades ago.  My mother had done her schooling in Bombay which would be the reason why she could prepare many of Maharashtrian dishes. Here is the recipe-



Phova - 3 cups, thick variety

Potatoes - 2, boiled, cut in small cubes, 3/4cup

Onion - 1 big, finely chopped 3/4 cup

Green chilly - 4-5, chopped

Ginger - 1/2 inch piece, finely chopped

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

Asafoetida - diluted in water 1/2 tsp

Lemon juice - of 1 small lemon

Curry leaves - 2 sprigs

Milk - 1/2 cup

Salt - to taste

Coriander leaves - a small bunch, finely chopped


Put phova in colander and keep under the running water to make phova wet and soft. Transfer this wet and soft phova in a big flat plate or vessel.

Put salt, turmeric powder,  diluted asafoetida/ hing and lemon juice and mix well and keep aside.

Now heat 3-4 tbsp oil in kadahi.

Add mustard seeds, chopped green chilli, chopped ginger, curry leaves and stir for a minute.

Then add chopped onion, fry till they are translucent.

Now add boiled potato cubes. Mix well

Then add phova mixture in the kadahi,  mix thoroughly.

Add milk, saute, cover and cook on low flame.

Finally  garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve Batata Phova for breakfast along with boiled banana or any fried items like potato chips/ mixture.

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