Monday, 6 September 2010

Upavasacha Batatyacha Kees (Grated Potatoes for Fasting)

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Hello one and all!

Last few days were really hectic and it seems the days just vanished in the air. Today my dear cousin P had visited us with her DH, MIL and her one year old daughter V. She had told me to make fasting food for them as they all fast on all Mondays of Shravana maasa. So I made sabudana khichadi, butter milk, fruit salad and the batatyacha kees. I am really glad they visited us and at least enjoyed eating the preparations as they were so badly stuck in traffic jam that they were extremely exhausted by the time they reached home.

The kees is a common fasting food in all Maharashtrian homes and is my personal favorite. I do not need to fast to eat this. During my school days my mom used to give me this in my lunch box as it’s quite filling and extremely tasty. The word Kees in Marathi  means basically anything grated. Since here the grated item is potato (in marathi batata) it is called batatyacha kees.

The preparation is quite simple, needs a few ingredients and is very tasty, but surely needs a few precautions while cooking. As we all know that potato contains large amount of starch, hence it’s important that after grating the potatoes  they be dipped in water for while for the starch to get separated. If there’s starch left in the potatoes then there are chances that the preparation turns soggy as well as dark in color. Also in this preparation the potatoes should be peeled (which I normally never do) to get a more clean textured preparation. This preparation tastes better when a little spicy and the spice should come from green chilies and not from red chili powder.

Ingredients

8-10 peeled and grated potatoes (medium)

5-6 green chilies finely chopped

a small handful of raw peanuts

1 tbsp cumin seeds

a cup or a little more of coarsely pounded roasted and peeled peanuts

salt to taste

1 tsp sugar

ghee or oil for cooking (about 5-6 tbsp)

Method

Dip the grated potatoes in water and leave for some time so that the starch settles down.Decant and then wash the grated potatoes thoroughly with water so that excess starch gets separated. Squeeze out excess water.

Heat oil or ghee (tastes better with ghee) and crackle the cumin and add chopped green chilies, peanuts and fry. Now add salt to taste. Adding salt at this stage ensures that it gets applied evenly everywhere later. ( I have not taken any  pics till this stage as I never had in my mind that I should post this).

Add the potatoes and give it a quick mix. Cover and cook till half done.

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Once half done spread half of the the coarsely pounded roasted peanut and mix. Take precaution that the peanuts are not roasted overly as the color of the pounded peanuts spoils the color of the kees.

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Cook covered till done and then add the remaining pounded roasted peanut, mix and serve hot with curds/yogurt.

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  Do try this if you haven’t tasted it till now.

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Since all kids love potatoes which are high on carbs and the peanuts in the preparation  adds a good lot of proteins so  I am sending this to Neha’s Kids Menu Event

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34 comments:

Shanthi said...

Sounds interesting and unique.
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Sulagna Mukherjee Basu said...

This looks delicious !!

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Angie's Recipes said...

Looks simple, delicate and delightful for the fasting.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thats awesome recipe,looks very appealing,a must try!

Kairali sisters said...

Never heard about this dish before, but a great way of having potatoes....

Rachana said...

This is really helpful! Looks delicious!

sonu said...

hi pari..thank u dear for visiting my blog..your comments r highly appreciated..luv this kees,we make too and add ltl red chilli pwd also for tikhat...and offlate i made sweet potato kees for janmashtmi and will soon post tht recipe..its just the same..luved ur clicks and i never get such nice shredded outcome..mine always become mushy :(

Nandini said...

Wow! Very lovely dish there! I'm drooling!

Jaya Wagle said...

Pari, this kees brought back memories of my aaji. She used to make the best kees and every time I visited her, I would ask her to make this for me. Like you, she never peeled the potatoes either. I haven't made this in a long time. Will make it soon. :)

Hari Chandana said...

wonderful recipe.. looks good !!

Satya said...

wow very new dish to me ...looks divine ,perfect for fasting as it is defiantly an energy booster

Satya
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Sayantani said...

never heard of this but looks very comforting. would taste great with rice or roti. thanks for sharing.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear pari'
Thats a great recipe..I dont mind eating it even without fasting....book marking it...so tempting ...awesome recipe.
Have a nice week ahead
Ushnishda

NIDHYA said...

totally new..looks wonderful.

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Ananda Rajashekar said...

very new and tempting!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

new dish! Looks yummy too!

An Open Book said...

A new dish to me, but certainly of interest.

Torviewtoronto said...

never had this looks delicious

Rekha shoban said...

very new and interesting one....healthy one!

aipi said...

I have fond memories of this dish... mom used to make it back at home when we used to fast. Nice one.

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Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

my fav...made this for krishna janmashtami...my hubbys fav...looks yum and delicious pari...

Sadhana said...

Nice one dear....worth trying...

chaitrali pathak said...

My fav dish especially on fast ....loved it...and nice clicks too....R u Maharashtrian?

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely recipe, it looks very delicious too

Hamaree Rasoi said...

New dish to relish on fasting days

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

G.Pavani said...

yummy n health food for kids pari..thanks for sharing

Madhu said...

wow, this sounds wonderful. I think I coud make this for breakfast aso.

Pari said...

Thanks a lot friends for those encouraging comments.
Dear Sonu, I avoid adding tikhat as I do not like the red colour in the kees but for that extra kick will not mind either.
Chaitrali, yes I am a Maharashtrian too.
Jaya, thanks for sharing ur nostalgic moments with me. I bet aaji's kees is surely the best.
Madhu, this makes a great breakfast item as it's quite filling.
Ushnish da, U won't believe, while making, I really thought that u might like this.
Sayantani, I have never tried having this with roti or rice as it's a meal in itself. But surely should not taste bad :-)

Lav said...

Yummy pari...my hubby is from pune, am sure he ll love all these foods. shal try this one...love potatoes...this looks awesome :)


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Raina said...

Looks delicous! I have never seen this dish before, but I would love to try it. Thank you for the excellent instruction and recipe:)

Aparna S Mallya said...

This dish is new to me. Grated potatoes are always a great meal!

Suja Sugathan said...

Totally new to me..sounds interesting.

swapna said...

Never heard this recipe...nice one!!! looks Yummy!!

Tanvi said...

what a hearty dish.I can fast the whole day to eat this.
first time here...you have a lovely space
Sinfully Spicy

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