potato curry

Batate Palya (Potato Curry with Lima Beans)

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Use this pungent curry to spice up a breakfast or to accompany the main meal. This simple curry from the Mangalore region in southwestern India makes a colorful, tasty addition to any meal. For a spicier curry, double or triple the amount of cayenne powder. You’ll find more spicy potatoes here.

potato curry


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 3 large onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups frozen lima beans
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves for garnishing


  1. In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat for 1 minute, add the onions, and fry them for about 1 minute. Add the garlic and ginger and continuing frying for 1 minute.
  2. Add the dry powders, mix well, and then add the potatoes and tomatoes, along with water, and cook, covered, for 12 minutes. Add the lima beans, mix well, and cook for 5 minutes. Just before serving, add the salt and garnish with the cilantro.

Yield: 4 servings

Heat Scale: Mild

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