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Batata Vada (aka fried potatoes)

I make this dish when we have friends over and almost everyone likes them.

This is not an authentic recipe but its what I've come up with to make it simple and quick. You can also add cayenne or chili pepper to give it a bit of a kick. Traditionally this would be served with a chutney but my family enjoys them plain.

What you will need:

Oil for frying

For the potato mixture:

5 large potatoes-boiled until fork tender and mashed in to small chunks.

1/2 tsp tumeric

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp salt

Mix all the above ingredients together until well combined. Take about 2 tablespoon amount of the mixture and roll them in to balls. Set them aside.

For the batter:

3/4 cup besan or garbanzo bean flour ( you can find this at any indian grocery store or even online)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp tumeric

1/2 cup plus 2 TBS water

In a small bowl mix the dry ingredients together. Add water and mix well.


Put one potato vada in to the batter and using a spoon, roll it around until its covered. Carefully put it in the hot oil. I can fit 5 vada in my saucepan at a time. fry them until they are lightly brown. You will need to move them around the oil every few seconds so they cook evenly. Remove them from oil and place them on a plate covered with paper towels. Repeat the coating and frying steps until all the vada are fried.

Let cool slightly and enjoy!

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