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Batata Upkari (Konkani Potato Stir Fry)

step by step recipe to make konkani style batate upkari (quick potato stir fry)
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Konkani
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 948kcal


  • 3 medium potatoes 1 potato = approx 7oz or 190gms
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds (rai)
  • 10 curry leaves (cadipatta)
  • 2 dry red chillies or byadagi /bedgi chillies
  • ½ teaspoon asafoetida powder (hing)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup grated coconut


Prep Potatoes for Upkari

  • Peel the potatoes, and slice them into thin sticks (like fries).
  • Rinse the potato sticks under water to get rid of all the excess starch.
  • Strain and set aside.

Make Potato Upkari

  • In a pan, heat up the oil, and add in the mustard seeds.
  • When they crackle, add the curry leaves, red chillies / byadagi chillies, and hing powder, and roast for a couple of minutes.
  • Then add in the sliced potatoes, salt, a little water to steam cook the potatoes, and give everything a quick mix.
  • Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes on medium flame, checking once in between.
  • By the time the potatoes get cooked, all the water you added will dry out, and you can also check if the potatoes are ready by breaking them with a spatula. If they break easily, they are cooked.
  • When the potatoes are cooked, add in the fresh grated coconut & give everything a quick mix.
  • Batata upkari is ready to be served.



  1. You can use either red or byadagi/bedgi chillies, or a mix of both. If you are using only byadagi chillies, then you can use an additional chilli, as they aren't as spicy.
  2. You can also add a little more hing / asafoetida than mentioned in the recipe, if you prefer more hing, as some do.

Please note: The nutrition values are best estimates provided as a courtesy. The exact values can vary depending on the exact ingredients or brands used. If you rely on them for your specific diet and/or health issues, please consult a registered dietician or nutritionist.


Calories: 948kcal | Carbohydrates: 131g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Sodium: 1799mg | Potassium: 3070mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1235IU | Vitamin C: 366mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 8mg