I go out with a small gang of people to have lunch everyday. This group has ( or rather had) a lot of interesting people. (While most of them have quit the company , some of them have just put down their papers 😦 ).

Each one of them has been interesting and entertaining in their own ways and have contributed to starting off the workday in a good frame of mind.

One such person is our Nawab of Hyderabad . He is (considers himself to be) a very good cook. [The only person who dared give him any competition was my diet guru…we still remember her uppit and cabbage palya and shudder]

We have been the guinea pigs for his various culinary disasters. The most notable being the egg pepper rasam…where he had just broken an egg into hot rasam and the hapless egg floated around like a dead jellyfish.

But then one of his dishes recently caught my attention–potatoes cooked in butter.

I am christening it ‘BUTTER BATATA’.

Here is the recipe for butter batata:


Soft and tender potatoes.



mustard seeds

Jeera seeds

curry leaves

coriander leaves.


Peel and cube the potatoes. Cut tomatoes into small pieces.

Prepare the tadka in melted butter with the mustard, jeera seeds, and curry leaves.

Put in the potato cubes and roast them till they are golden brown. After the potatoes are fried add the tomato pieces and cook with salt and pepper. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

The potatoes come out really soft, flavourful and buttery…yummm.

Enjaaaaaaay maadi.

P.s: He was planning on making Dum biriyani for his wife’s birthday… (I hope it turned out good for his poor wife’s sake :P)