Bhungara Bateta (भुंगरा बटेटा) is a mad-mad 😍😍😍 street food of India. It is spicy with red gravy. Additionally, it contains a mild sweet flavour. Now all this might sound very familiar to you. But wait, there’s something interesting.

There’s a unique style to eating bhungara bateta. Yes, and that’s the USP of this dish.

If you are eating it for the first time, then remember this. It’s forbidden to eat लचकेदार लाल बटाटा with roti. Not even with kulcha or paratha. Nope. Never. The traditional style of eating red & spicy मसालावाला बटेटा is with pipe fryms.

street style bhungara bateta

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Now that’s the reason why it is named likewise. Surprisingly, bhungala (भूंगळा) or bhungra (भुंगरा) is the alternate name to pipe fryms. Having said that, let’s see what it is.

What is Bhungara Bateta? (भुंगरा बटेटा)

The name bhungara bateta comes from the local Indian language. Like I said above, bhungara means pipe fryms & bateta means potato. The term bateta (બટેટા) aka batata (બટાટા) is from the Gujarati language.

Basically, bhungara bateta is a potato sabji. But let me tell you that it’s not your regular आलू की सब्जी. On the contrary, this potato curry contains red gravy with the taste of Indian spices & masalas.

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However, the size of the potato also matters here. You need boiled baby potatoes that are rolled in the masala gravy. That is how you make authentic bhungara bateta. Okay now, let’s look at the ingredient list.

Bhungara Bateta Ingredients

The following ingredient list is divided based on the process. This will make your job easy. Moreover, you will have a clear idea about the measurements. Read below.

Spice & Masala Paste (6 items)

To make our masala paste we require both dry & fresh masala. For instance, we need fresh garlic & ginger. Further, we need dry masala powders like red chili, coriander-cumin & turmeric powders. Not to mention, salt is the default here.

Roasting (3 items)

We will roast potatoes & peanuts in cooking oil. There are no specific oil brand recommendations. Use regular cooking oil.

Tadka aka Tempering (5 items)

Here we require cooking oil, asafoetida, fresh coriander, amchur powder & water. Measure & monitor the quantities of ingredients especially water.

Frying Pipe Fryms (2 items)

Needless to say, we need pipe fryms & cooking oil to fry. It’s pretty self-explanatory. Once again there’s no special recommendation for cooking oil here. Use regular oil to fry.

Just one small piece of advice. Control your temptations to eat fryms aka bhungara. It will be very hard for you to resist eating them. Hence, control. 😅😂🤣

Most importantly keep kids & other family members away. It’s pretty obvious they will start eating the moment they see fryms. In that case, you will have to eat masala bateta with plain roti. 😅😂🤣

Making Street Style Bhungara Bateta at Home

There are two things needed for चटपटा street style bhungara bateta. The one is potato curry & the second is fryms. We will begin with making the masaledar bateta first. Here we go.

Making the masala paste

This masala paste will go into the tadka later. However, the recipe demands making it in the first place. Infact making the masala paste is a part of prior preparations. Add the masala paste items to the mixer grinder & grind. Keep aside once you are done with it.

Roasting Potatoes & Peanuts

Before you begin the roasting do this. Boil potatoes & peel of their skin. In short, you will be roasting boiled potatoes. Now heat cooking oil in a pan & put boiled potatoes in it. Roast them for a couple of minutes.

You may see light red burns on the potatoes. Once your potatoes are thoroughly roasted remove them from the pan & keep them aside. Now in the same pan add peanuts & roast them too. Keep it aside once done.

If you observe closely we are setting the stage for the main dish. Like I said above, all these are part of your prior preparations. Hence, don’t skip anything.

Saute the masala paste

Add cooking oil again to the pan. Now add asafoetida and the grounded masala paste. Saute the mixture till oil separates. That’s the point where the paste is completely sauteed. Thereafter add chopped coriander & amchur powder. Stir & mix.

At this point, we will add water to make the mixture a little lachkedar. Be careful when adding water or else your curry base will destroy.

Finally, add roasted potatoes

Roll potatoes properly into the red masala paste. Simmer everything for a minute or two. Your masalawala red potato curry is ready.

Fry pipe fryms

Drop pipe fryms in hot oil & deep fry them. Serve pipe fryms & red potato together. That’s your traditional bhungara bateta.

Let us know your thoughts on this recipe in the comment section. Try other potato recipes like spicy potato sabzi and the Dhaba style lachha pyaz with crispy potatoes.