Tangy Konkani Batata Saung

One of my favourites, a popular staple from any Konkani kitchen, Batata Saung. A tasty potato curry with just 2 basic ingredients onions and potatoes, spiced with red chilli and tamarind into a lovely tangy, medium spicy gravy flavoured with the sweetness of onions. Easy to make!

Recipe for Tangy Konkani Batata Saung

Ingredients (Serves 4 persons)

  • ½ kg or 4-5 potatoes, boiled
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or any cooking oil)
  • 250gms or 3 onions, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons tamarind paste or tamarind water extracted from 1 lemon sized ball of tamarind
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups water


  1. Peel the boiled potatoes and roughly chop them into medium sized cubes
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a heavy bottom pan or kadai and fry the onions until pink and translucent.
  3. Add in the potato pieces, chilli powder, salt to taste and 1 cup of water and allow it to boil for a few minutes on a medium flame until the spices are well blended into the curry.
  4. Add the tamarind paste/tamarind water and the other cup of water and simmer it on a low flame with a lid for 5-6 minutes. Stir occasionally to avoid the gravy sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  5. Your Saung is ready as soon as a beautiful thick orange tangy gravy is formed.

Enjoy with Dali Toye, hot plain steamed rice and a dollop of pure ghee!


  1. Boil the potatoes until firm, not overcooked.
  2. Roughly chop the potatoes and onions for more flavour.
  3. Coconut oil brings out the flavour of this gravy very well, however any other cooking oil can be used.
  4. The use of tamarind in this dish lends it a unique taste and it is well balanced out by the sweetness of the very lightly sauteed onions.
  5. However if your kids prefer a sweet-sour taste, you could add a teaspoon of jaggery at the end too.

6 thoughts on “Tangy Konkani Batata Saung

      1. Thank you so much for your kind words Ruby, and my apologies for replying so late. It’s my pleasure to share a wide range of recipes pleasing to various palates across the world, that anyone can cook! Do visit the site again soon & share the link with your like minded foodie friends!


    1. Thank you so much. Please do write in with any suggestions you might have for other recipes you wish to see here. Will certainly add it in to my list.
      I will gradually be moving towards simple winter time meals & festive cooking shortly.


  1. Tried it out- who does not want easy-to-make comfort food? The coconut oil and tamarind gave it that nice homely flavour, that you will go back to frequently


    1. Thank you Vatsala & my apologies for the late reply! Yes comfort food n flavours indeed!
      My focus is simply that, showcasing a variety of flavours that appease various palates, be it rich Indian food or daily simple cooking, cakes & cookies for the festive season or snacks & savouries from across the globe. Pandemic times call for lots more cooking in at home & poor Moms & busy workaholics are constantly on the lookout for new flavours to introduce at home.
      Do write in again with your valuable feedback & suggestions on other recipes you may want to see here. I will be gradually be moving into easy winter time cooking shortly.


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