Bateta nu Shaak

Potato Shaak

Preparation info
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Biting Biting: Snacking Gujarati-Style

By Urvashi Roe

Published 2022

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This is the simplest version of potato shaak, the recipe I was taught at the age of eight. I was expected to be able to make this confidently at that age along with rotli and rice. After the recipe I’ve shared some ideas of what I do with the leftovers for Biting Biting.


  • 1 tbsp sunflower or rapeseed oil
  • tsp mustard seeds
  • 1


Heat the oil in the pan or wok on a medium heat. After a few minutes test to see how hot the oil is by popping in a few mustard and cumin seeds. If they fizzle and pop then the oil is ready.

Add the mustard and cumin seeds and curry leaves in very quick succession. Let them fizzle and pop for a few seconds and then quickly add the potatoes. Be careful as the oil may spit at you – you ca