Peas and New Potato curry in tomato sauce (mutter bateta nu shak)


Everyone has a comfort food they like to have when they are unwell.  I had a really bad cold last week and didn’t want to eat anything too spicy so I made this  peas and potato curry using simple and minimum spices.  This recipe is an old favourite of mine and a similar one was posted a few years ago.  This recipe has a few variations but equally tasty.

Ingredients to serve 4 people:

  • 10 small new  potatoes -washed and sliced
  • 1  cup of peas – frozen, fresh or tinned are fine.
  • 1 tbls oil
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chilly powder (or as required to your taste)
  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of ground cummin (jeera) powder.
  • One cup of fresh or tinned tomatoes (or passata)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon
  • 1 teaspoons of brown sugar or jaggery 
  • 5-6 curry leaves


1. Heat the oil in a saucepan.

2. Add the cumin seeds and curry leaves.  Once they brown, add the diced potatoes and peas to the saucepan.  Add the salt, turmeric, chilly powder, sugar or jaggery and stir well.

3. Add a cup of water to this mixture, cover and  cook for 10 minutes on a medium heat.
4. Check to see if the potatoes and peas have softened. If not allow a further 5 or 10 minutes.

5. Once the potatoes feel soft, add the tomatoes, cumin powder and lemon juice and let it cook for 5 minutes.

6. Serve hot with any Indian bread e.g. bhakhri and rice e.g.  khichedi.


I am linking this  Curry recipe to the event (In my Veg Box- Potatoes ) – I am running on my blog. The event was started by citrusspiceuk blog (

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  • Donna Janke

    I’m bookmarking this recipe. It looks good and not too complicated to make. I love Indian food, but had never heard of jaggery before. I had to look it up. Does the recipe taste much different is made with sugar versus jaggery?

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Donna – you can use any sweetener instead of jaggery.

  • Beth –

    I love to find good vegetarian dishes. The directions look really easy.

  • Jacqueline Gum

    This is a good find! I have a few friends that are vegetarian and I am always scrambling to find something great when I invite them for dinner. Thanks!

  • Janani

    Hi this is my first time to ur space nice to know a fellow blogger good job at ur recipe 🙂

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Thanks Janani

  • Boy, now you’ve done it. I am really hungry and I have you to blame… LOL. In all seriousness, this sounds really good and something I would love try. 🙂

  • Rachel Noel

    This looks divine! Nothing like a good veggie curry 😉

  • Catarina Alexon

    Sounds like a fantastic vetetarian curry, Mina. Loved it in Saudi, Kuwait and Dubai when my Indian friends cooked.

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Thank you Catarina. This curry is really a very simple one with very few spices.

  • I’m not partial to very spicy food, so this recipe is a good one for me to try. I’m not familiar with curry leaves. Is it ok to use just powdered curry?

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Thank you your comments . Don’t worry if you can’t get curry leaves . They give a lovely fragrance to the curry but you can substitute them with Bay leaves or fresh coriander .

      Curry powder will change the taste of the curry so please don’t use it in place of curry leaves .

  • Debra Yearwood

    This looks so delicious. I’m a big fan of vegetarian curries, but I have never used curry leaves.

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Thank you your comments . Don’t worry if you can’t get curry leaves . They give a lovely fragrance to the curry but you can substitute them with bay leaves or fresh coriander .

  • Meredith Wouters

    This looks easy and yummy! I’ve been looking for some new and different recipes to try and I think this one would be a great start.

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